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Forest And Bird Concerns Unfounded

Forest And Bird Concerns Unfounded

Forest and Bird's claim that the Government plans "wide-scale privatisation" of the South Island high country is complete rubbish, says Associate Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson.

Why Do Aussie Banks Charge Us More Than They Charge Australians?

Why Do Aussie Banks Charge Us More Than They Charge Australians?

Interest rates charged by the big Australian banks are not only higher than the rates charged by New Zealand's own bank - they're higher than the rates the Aussies charge themselves, Progressive Wigram MP Jim Anderton says.

Critical Social Services Seek Access To New Fund

Critical Social Services Seek Access To New Fund

There's been considerable interest in the first funding round of the Community Response Fund, says the Minister for Social Development and Employment Paula Bennett.

The first of three funding rounds for the financial year closed on July 3 with 294 applications received.

NZ Boosts Assistance To Tonga

NZ Boosts Assistance To Tonga

Prime Minister John Key has underlined New Zealand's commitment to Tonga's political reform process and economic progress in talks with Tonga's Prime Minister Dr Feleti Sevele in Nuku'alofa today.

Mr Key is in Tonga on the first leg of a four-country Pacific visit.

Judge Perkins Appointed To Employment Court

Judge Mark Perkins has been appointed a temporary Judge of the Employment Court for a term of two years from 29 June 2009, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

Govt To Align Investment And Income Tax Rates

Govt To Align Investment And Income Tax Rates

The Government is proposing to introduce legislation to align resident withholding tax (RWT) rates on interest and portfolio investment entities (PIE) tax rates with recent changes to personal income tax rates and the 30% company tax rate, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

Yet More Government Funding For Opposing Referendum

Yet More Government Funding For Opposing Referendum

Family First NZ says that government funded organisations are working and spending overtime pushing the anti-smacking law, attacking the Referendum, and promoting a yes-vote.

Security Threats From Climate Change Top Pacific Agenda

Security Threats From Climate Change Top Pacific Agenda

Security threats from climate change must top the agenda of John Key's tour of Pacific island nations after a recent United Nations Security Council Resolution, the Green Party said today.

Govt. Secures Strategic Stock Of Swine Flu Vaccine

Govt. Secures Strategic Stock Of Swine Flu Vaccine

The Government has agreed in principle to offer frontline health staff and emergency personnel vaccination against Swine Flu, the new pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus.

Reserve Bank Concern Exposes National 'Back-flip' On Inquiry

Reserve Bank Concern Exposes National 'Back-flip' On Inquiry

The Reserve Bank's continuing concern at the level of interest banks are charging on floating rate mortgages shows just how wrong it was for National to muzzle a parliamentary inquiry into bank profits, says Labour finance spokesperson David Cunliffe. '