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National selects Clutha-Southland candidate

Hamish Walker has tonight been selected by local party members as National’s 2017 Clutha-Southland candidate.

KiwiSaver HomeStart continues to grow

KiwiSaver HomeStart is playing an increasing role in helping home buyers purchase their first property, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

Govt 'pays twice the price for emergency housing motels'

Under Labour’s plan to build at least 1000 state houses each year, New Zealand wouldn’t be paying more than double the valuations for motels to house Kiwis needing emergency housing, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

Better offender identity checking now possible

The ability of agencies to verify the identities of high-risk offenders will be strengthened following the passage of the Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

Agreement in principle signed with Moriori

The Crown has signed an agreement in principle with Hokotehi Moriori Trust to settle the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Moriori, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

Electoral law discriminates against Maori and must go - Judd

Former Mayor of New Plymouth, Andrew Judd, and Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru, Howie Tamati, are joining forces to ask the Government to get rid of a law which discriminates against Māori.

Report shows country needs Labour on housing - Twyford

The latest Housing Affordability Measure report shows affordability dramatically worsening for Auckland first home buyers, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

Howie Tamati backs call for inquiry into abuse of children in state care

Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru, Howie Tamati, supports the call by Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy for the United Nations to pressure New Zealand's Government to hold an inquiry into child abuse in state-run institutions.

New pay scale for care and support workers

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new pay scale for 55,000 care and support workers has been successfully implemented, with workers receiving their share of the $2 billion pay equity settlement.

National and MPI need to up their biosecurity game - NZ First

Given their recent poor record the Government and Ministry for Primary Industries need to up their game with another biosecurity threat looming, says New Zealand First.

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