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Encouraging Progress On Wto Agriculture Negotiations; Non-Agriculture Moving More Slowly

21 May 2008 - The latest text document used as a basis for WTO negotiations on agriculture represents an encouraging sign of progress, Trade Minister Phil Goff said today.

Labour Needs To Come Clean On ETS Windfall Profits

20 May 2008 - National today challenged the Government to release the official papers that reveal just how much the Government is set to profit from the emissions trading scheme.

Start, Better Manage And Grow Small Businesses

20 May 2008 - A new information roadshow aimed at helping small businesses start up, better manage themselves and grow, with help from the government, will be launched in Dunedin tonight by the Minister for Small Business, Clayton Cosgrove.

Duties And Taxes Huge Burden On Household Budgets

20 May 2008 - Independent MP Gordon Copeland, the Kiwi Party spokesperson on Finance, today endeavoured to table a nine-page document in Parliament listing the excise duty, levy and fee changes which have occurred since the Labour Government came to power in November 1999, but it was blocked whe

Green Party Viral Video Attracts Unlikely Fans

20 May 2008 - A viral video released by the Green Party has received nearly 3000 'hits' in three weeks, one of them from a new subscriber to the Green Party's online channel - 'johnkey2008'.

National Party Persists In Hiding From The Truth

20 May 2008 - Progressive leader and Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton today made public background papers on the New Zealand Fast Forward Fund and called on National to reverse its pledge to axe the fund.

New Mental Health Commissioners Appointed

20 May 2008 - Health Minister David Cunliffe today announced two new appointments to the Mental Health Commission including a new chair.

Updated Food And Nutrition Guidelines For Babies

20 May 2008 - The revised food and nutrition guidelines for infants and toddlers are aimed at giving New Zealand babies the best possible start in life, Associate Health Minister Steve Chadwick said today.

Cullen's Challenge: Support Regional Economies

20 May 2008 - With 320 job losses at Sealord's Nelson mussel factory and 138 meatworks jobs going from Dunedin, Thursday's budget needs to raise benefits and rebuild local economies, Green Party Regional Development Spokesperson Sue Bradford says.

Warfare Breaks Out In Labour Ranks

20 May 2008 - The National Party's Shadow Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, says the announcement from Phil Goff about the Government's re-election chances and his leadership aspirations "is a sign warfare is breaking out within Labour."