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On The Nation this weekend

This weekend on The Nation...

Support for community conservation goals announced

Conservation groups across New Zealand will benefit from $4.2 million in new funding grants announced today by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

O’Connor under pressure as uncertainty piles up - Guy

The Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, is under pressure on many fronts and his recent quote to the media that his Government "isn’t going to be a friend of the farmer" is already playing out, National’s spokesperson for Primary Industries Nathan Guy says.

Talented NZ students awarded Prime Minister's Scholarships

Nearly 200 young New Zealanders are about to deepen New Zealand’s connections with Asia and Latin America.

Trade Minister to attend WTO conference

Trade Minister David Parker will depart this weekend to attend the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"At Buenos Aires I will be seeking to secure better rules in the WTO in order to limit subsidisation of agriculture and fisheries," says Minister Parker.

Kiwibuild clarity after weeks of fudge - Woodhouse

National Party Housing Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse has welcomed Phil Twyford’s clarity that Kiwibuild would deliver 100,000 homes over and above what the private market or former National Government were going to deliver.

ASMS welcome removal of Chair of Dunedin Hospital rebuild group

The union for senior doctors is welcoming the Government’s decision to remove the external Chair of the so-called ‘partnership group’ overseeing the Dunedin Hospital rebuild.

Marathon council meeting as Hamilton's 10-Year Plan develops

Further elements of the draft 10-Year Plan for Hamilton were put in place yesterday in a marathon 13-hour Hamilton City Council meeting which went late into the night.

The meeting was the second day of debate on Mayor Andrew King’s initial draft budget.

Health Minister puts Dunedin Hospital rebuild at risk - Coleman

National Party Health Spokesperson Dr Jonathan Coleman says the new Health Minister is jeopardising the tough timetable he has set himself for the Dunedin Hospital rebuild with the sacking of two members of the Southern Partnership Group.

PM and Minister at odds over poverty targets

Through a series of extraordinary statements in Parliament yesterday, the Minister of Social Development has dismissed the idea of setting targets to reduce poverty and welfare dependence - the exact sort of targets that are key to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s ambitions to reduce child pover

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