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Greens: Low Waged Workers Still Trying To Keep Heads Above Water

Greens: Low Waged Workers Still Trying To Keep Heads Above Water

9 February 2009 - Today's Minimum Pay rise to $12.50 is simply not enough for Kiwis on low incomes, says the Green Party.

McCully: Govt Kicks Off NZ Appeal For Bushfire Victims

McCully: Govt Kicks Off NZ Appeal For Bushfire Victims

9 February 2009 - The government has kick-started New Zealand's response to an appeal for Victoria's bushfire victims by donating $500,000, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said today.

Horomia: Maori Party Fails Our Whanau

Horomia: Maori Party Fails Our Whanau

9 February 2009 - The Maori Party must explain how it can reconcile today's pitiful minimum wage announcement with its election promises of an increase to $15 an hour, says Labour's Maori Affairs spokesman Parekura Horomia.

Wilkinson: Minimum Wage Increased To $12.50

Wilkinson: Minimum Wage Increased To $12.50

9 February 2009 - The Government has moved to increase the minimum wage from $12 to $12.50 in line with the Consumer Price Index, Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson announced today.

The training and new entrants' minimum wages will increase from $9.60 to $10.

Chadwick: Labour Welcomes Maori Conservation Cadetship

Chadwick: Labour Welcomes Maori Conservation Cadetship

9 February 2009 - Labour's Conservation spokeswoman Steve Chadwick is welcoming today's launch of the Tauira Kaitiaki Taiao conservation cadetship, saying it's pleasing the new government is supporting the Labour initiative.

Business As Usual For Green Homes Fund: Greens

Business As Usual For Green Homes Fund: Greens

News that John Key is going to invest in upgrading and insulating state houses is puzzling, given that in the 2008 budget Parliament voted $53 million over five years to complete insulation and energy efficiency upgrades of all state houses, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said.

National Brings Back Junk Food, Say Greens

National Brings Back Junk Food, Say Greens

Green MP Health spokesperson Sue Kedgley says she is astounded that the National Party has scrapped a requirement that schools sell healthy food, and is giving schools the green light to start selling junk food again.

McCully Names New Ambassador To Turkey

McCully Names New Ambassador To Turkey

Career diplomat Andrea Smith will be New Zealand's new Ambassador to Turkey, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.

New Zealand's Ambassador in Ankara also has responsibility for links with Israel, Jordan, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

'Nanny State' Evicted From School Canteens

'Nanny State' Evicted From School Canteens

Family First is welcoming the decision by the Minister of Education to relieve schools from being 'food police' and dictating what can and can't be sold in school canteens.

Mallard: Rising Unemployment Highlights Need For Coherent Plan

Mallard: Rising Unemployment Highlights Need For Coherent Plan

The rising unemployment figures announced today underscore the need for a coherent plan from the Government to protect New Zealand jobs, Labour spokesperson Trevor Mallard today.