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Early Childhood Centre A Big Plus For Moerewa Says Jones

26 May 2008 - "This Mokopuna o Moerewa Early Childhood Education and Care centre provides bright hope just over the fence from the ashes of the burned-down Kura," Northland List MP Shane Jones said while opening the centre in Moerewa on Saturday.

Maori Leaders Must Respect Voice Of Parents And Fix Law

26 May 2008 - The Family Party is calling on Maori leaders to respect the overwhelming voice of New Zealanders who want the ill-conceived anti-smacking law fixed.

Act's 20-point Plan To Beat Australia

25 May 2008 - Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen's ninth Budget is just like his other eight. His concern is about carving up the economic cake - not baking it bigger.

Boost To Legal Aid Funding Welcomed But More Required

New Zealand First justice spokesperson Dail Jones says that while he is pleased that Budget 2008 contained an additional $11.2 million in operational funding for legal aid remuneration, it has been too long in coming and is not enough to address the many problems facing our legal aid system.

Governor-general An Expensive Indulgence, Says Republican Movement

23 May 2008 - "The 2008 Budget has revealed the true cost to the taxpayer of the Queen's representative" said Lewis Holden, chair of the Republican Movement. The New Zealand taxpayer now spends $10.95m per year on the office of Governor-General.

Greens And Labour Steal National's Solar Policy

23 May 2008 - National's Environment spokesman Nick Smith welcomes Labour's adoption of National's policy on solar water heating systems to double the $500 grant to $1000 and to simplify the grant system, as announced today by the Greens.

Prostitution Report Ignores Community And Police Concerns

23 May 2008 - Family First NZ is labeling the report released today by the Prostitution Review Committee as biased, flawed, and failing to heed the concerns of the community and police.

Education Minister Should Meet Principals

23 May 2008 - Education Minister Chris Carter should be sitting down and talking to North Shore college principals about funding rather than conducting a spat with them through the media, says National Party Education spokeswoman, Anne Tolley.

Increase To Grants For Solar Water Heating

23 May 2008 - Government Spokesperson on Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Jeanette Fitzsimons, today announced changes to the solar water heating grants scheme for homeowners, including an increase to the grant from $500 to $1000.

Green Victory Over Maf For Clean Rivers

23 May 2008 - The Greens are claiming a significant victory in its campaign to clean up rivers and lakes after MAF was forced by the Greens to drop its opposition to a plan by Horizons Regional Council to make their rivers safe for swimming.

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