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PM Urges NZ To Get Behind Spirit Of Adventure

PM Urges NZ To Get Behind Spirit Of Adventure

27 August 2009 - Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Youth Affairs Paula Bennett have today announced funding for the Spirit of Adventure Trust and urged other New Zealanders to get behind the Kiwi icon as well.

Changes To Cut Red Tape And Improve Building Quality

Changes To Cut Red Tape And Improve Building Quality

27 August 2009 - Consumers will have greater confidence in the competence of builders and so the quality of new homes under a package of measures unveiled today.

Government Defers Folic Acid Fortification

Government Defers Folic Acid Fortification

Mandatory fortification of folic acid in bread will be deferred until May 2012, with the focus now on introducing a targeted voluntary programme, Minister for Food Safety Kate Wilkinson announced today.

Kedgley: Greens Welcome Latest Folic Acid Moves

Kedgley: Greens Welcome Latest Folic Acid Moves

The Government's decision to defer mandatory fortification of bread sold in New Zealand with folic acid until 2011 is a prudent decision, and will give time to assess potential safety concerns around mandatory fortification, the Green Party's Food Safety spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today.

Family First: Dictatorship Or Democracy For Families? -- The Politicians Ignore The Parents

Family First: Dictatorship Or Democracy For Families? -- The Politicians Ignore The Parents

Family First NZ is furious that the Prime Minister has effectively killed a Private Members Bill which would have reflected the wishes of the 88% who voted NO in the recent Referendum.

Speech - Katene: Appropriation (2009/10 Estimates) Bill

Speech - Katene: Appropriation (2009/10 Estimates) Bill

When I spoke on the health vote a couple of weeks ago, I shared the warning issued by the World Health Organisation that in the past, we have seen the social sectors robbed in times of economic downturn, with dire long-term consequences.

Family Groups Succeed In Getting Cotton On Kids To Withdraw Offensive Material

Family Groups Succeed In Getting Cotton On Kids To Withdraw Offensive Material

Family First NZ is welcoming a decision by Australian clothing chain Cotton On Kids to withdraw their offensive and sexualised babywear from their 17 NZ-based stores.

Ririnui: Te Heuheu Disagrees With Key On Maori Seats

Ririnui: Te Heuheu Disagrees With Key On Maori Seats

The Associate Minister of Maori Affairs today broke rank with the Prime Minister by saying it was appropriate for Maori seats to be created on individual councils if it was deemed the right thing to do, says Labour MP Mita Ririnui.

Lees-Galloway: South Island Lakesides To Be Privatised Under National

Lees-Galloway: South Island Lakesides To Be Privatised Under National

New Zealand's precious lakeside high country properties in places such as Wakatipu, Wanaka and Tekapo could be subdivided and sold off to the highest bidder, Labour Land Information spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

Dalziel: Improving Financial Literacy A Huge Challenge

Dalziel: Improving Financial Literacy A Huge Challenge

Labour Commerce spokesperson Lianne Dalziel says it is crucial in the long term to lift levels of financial literacy across New Zealand to help prevent future finance company failures.