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New Zealand First welcomes agreement on disposal of Ouvea premix

Clutha-Southland based New Zealand First List MP Mark Patterson has congratulated all the parties involved in pulling together an agreement on the removal of thousands of tonnes of a hazardous material from Southland sheds.

Kaingaroa community looks to a new future through housing project

Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing Hon Nanaia Mahuta today visited the close-knit community of Kaingaroa Village to announce a $2.4 million investment in housing as part of the ongoing community development project in the region.

One Billion Trees Programme protecting national taonga - Jones

The Government is committed to supporting a Northland iwi establish a native tree sanctuary on ancestral land, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced.

Appointments to Conservation Boards made - Sage

Fifty five appointments to 15 conservation boards across New Zealand were announced today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. This includes 31 new appointments and 24 reappointments.

Terms of Reference for Defence estate review released

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has today released the Terms of Reference for a review of the Defence estate footprint.

Defence morale will plummet as reviews stack up - Mitchell

A further review of the Defence Estate is an admission by this Government that it has mismanaged its spending and is having to kick an extremely important issue down the road for another day, National’s Defence spokesperson Mark Mitchell says.

Congratulations to new Race Relations Commissioner

The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand welcomes the announcement of Meng Foon as the new Race Relations Commissioner.

Inland Revenue charging higher interest than banks - Andrew Bayly

It is outrageous Inland Revenue has decided to raise the interest rate it charges taxpayers on unpaid and underpaid tax, while cutting the rate it pays those it owes money, National’s Revenue spokesperson Andrew Bayly says.

One Billion Trees supporting a sustainable future for Mangatu

The One Billion Trees Fund will support a Māori Incorporation in the Gisborne District to move to a more productive and sustainable land-use model, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says.

Nominations opening for would-be Northland regional councillors

People keen to become involved in local body politics and help shape Northland’s future are being encouraged to stand at this year’s local authority elections in October.