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Maori Seeking Stronger Role In Resource Management

The Maori Party has signalled in Parliament that it will be tabling amendments to strengthen the role of tangata whenua in the Resource Management Act.

Renewal Of Deposit Guarantee Scheme Fails To Protect Local Jobs

Finance workers' union Finsec says the government has failed Kiwi workers once again by not making the protection of local jobs a condition of the renewal of the Crown Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme bill passed in Parliament today.

Mitchell: Aid Parental Leave Would Cost At Least $700 Million Annually

The Families Commission today called for the government to extend Paid Parental Leave from 14 weeks to 13 months. Welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell says this move would cost New Zealand at least $672 million a year by 2013.

Street: Tolley's Shifting Sands Approach To Ace Cuts

Anne Tolley appears to be peddling different stories to different audiences over who is responsible for the ACE funding cuts and she needs to explain what's going on, says Labour Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street.

Extended Retail Deposit Guarantee Law Passed

Extended Retail Deposit Guarantee Law Passed

The Government has passed legislation extending the Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme and changing some of its terms and conditions.

The Retail Deposit Guarantee Bill passed its third reading unanimously in Parliament today.

Ring Fence Not Ring Bark Tree Protection

The Government's last-minute changes to the Resource Management Act - released today - will hasten the chop for protected trees, despite public outcry and the Green Party's efforts to negotiate a compromise.

OCR Cuts No Longer Enough

OCR Cuts No Longer Enough

Further cuts in the Official Cash Rate (OCR) tomorrow will not be enough to return our economy to a more prosperous and economically sustainable future, said Green Party Finance Spokesperson Russel Norman today.

Climate Change - The Time For Action Is Now. Charles Chauvel Speech At NZOG Summit In New Plymouth.

Climate Change - The Time For Action Is Now. Charles Chauvel Speech At NZOG Summit In New Plymouth.

Speech to the NZ Oil and Gas Summit, New Plymouth at 11am Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today on behalf of the New Zealand Labour Party. I want to begin by acknowledging the contribution that the people in this room make to the New Zealand economy.

Firearms Review Started With Labour

Labour's recall of recent events seems to have been muddled during its time in opposition, judging from the confused response around the Police's firearms review, Police Minister Judith Collins said today.

Experienced Advisors Open Japanese Doors For NZ Businesses

Experienced Advisors Open Japanese Doors For NZ Businesses

New Zealand companies aiming to grow in the competitive Japanese market now have access to high-level advice through a network of experienced business people based in Japan, as part of an expansion to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)'s Beachheads programme, Trade Minister Tim Groser announ