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Key: PM To Visit Pacific

Key: PM To Visit Pacific

30 June 2009 - Prime Minister John Key will lead an official delegation to four Pacific Islands next week.

The visit, over four days, will take in Tonga, Samoa, Niue, and the Cook Islands.

Greens: Smart Economic Tool Reduces Waste From Tomorrow

Greens: Smart Economic Tool Reduces Waste From Tomorrow

30 June 2009 - New Zealand takes a major step towards waste reduction tomorrow with the introduction of a smart economic incentive, said the Green Party.

Code Of Ethics Launched As Mediation Service Celebrates 100 Years

Code Of Ethics Launched As Mediation Service Celebrates 100 Years

Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson will launch a new code of ethics for the country's mediators as they celebrate 100 years of employment mediation in New Zealand tonight.

Labour MPs To Show Support For Pay Equity Rally

Labour MPs To Show Support For Pay Equity Rally

Labour MPs will today join a rally to show their support for pay equity, Labour's Women's Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says.

RMA Promotes Destructive Coastal Erosion

RMA Promotes Destructive Coastal Erosion

The Dominion Post reports this morning that a coastal access road near Cape Kidnappers has been half-destroyed by coastal erosion. "The astounding thing is, nature didn't do this," declared Libertarianz spokesman Luke Howison. "It was the Resource Management Act."

New Chair, Members For SPARC Board

New Chair, Members For SPARC Board

Businessman Paul Collins has been appointed Chair of the Board of Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully announced today.

Conservation Board Thanked For Its Work

Acting Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson has thanked the members of the East Coast Hawke's Bay Conservation Board for their hard work, with the board to be disestablished with effect from today due to a reconfiguration of boundaries.

Tolley: League Tables A Sideshow

Tolley: League Tables A Sideshow

29 June 2009 - The debate on so-called league tables is a sideshow to the real issue of meeting parents' desire to bring in National Standards that will help lift student achievement," Education Minister Anne Tolley said today.

Ryall: Public Hospitals To Make Smarter Use Of Private Sector

Ryall: Public Hospitals To Make Smarter Use Of Private Sector

29 June 2009 - The Government has amended protocols for DHBs which allows them to make better and smarter use of private hospitals to get more patients seen.

Maori Party: Maori Party Advocates What Is Right For Tangata Whenua

Maori Party: Maori Party Advocates What Is Right For Tangata Whenua

29 June 2009 - The Maori Party's goal for Maori representation on the Auckland Council is only what is right for tangata whenua, for all Maori, for Auckland and the nation, according to Maori Party co-leader Dr Pita Sharples.