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English: Purchase Of NZ Steel Business Assets Declined

English: Purchase Of NZ Steel Business Assets Declined

17 December 2008 - Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd's proposed acquisition of the business assets of New Zealand Steel Mining Ltd, a subsidiary of BlueScope Steel Ltd, has been declined, says Finance Minister Bill English.

Joyce: Minister Working With Taxi Industry In Wake Of Murder

Joyce: Minister Working With Taxi Industry In Wake Of Murder

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has asked officials to work with the taxi industry to explore options available to improve driver safety.

Carter: Briefing Summarises Issues Facing Older New Zealanders

Carter: Briefing Summarises Issues Facing Older New Zealanders

Senior Citizens Minister John Carter says the ministerial briefing on his new portfolio provides a useful summary of the issues facing older New Zealanders.

Libz Welcome Lift From The Gloom

Libz Welcome Lift From The Gloom

Libertarianz leader Richard McGrath commended National's decision to overturn the ban on incandescent light bulbs, saying it represented a move away from the Nanny State attitude that was a hallmark of the Clark administration.

Smith: Government Announces 2009/10 Levy Rates

Smith: Government Announces 2009/10 Levy Rates

16 December 2008 - The Government is to reluctantly increase ACC levies for employers and workers next year - less than those recommended by officials, ACC Minister Nick Smith says.

Power: Minister Releases Justice Briefing

Power: Minister Releases Justice Briefing

16 December 2008 - The Government's quick moves to change the laws on bail and on sentencing for crimes against children show its action plan for law and order is well on course, Justice Minister Simon Power said today in releasing the briefing document from the Ministry of Justice.

Power: Minister Unhappy At Extra $12m For New Court

Power: Minister Unhappy At Extra $12m For New Court

16 December 2008 - Justice Minister Simon Power says he will run "an iron ruler" over the cost of Wellington's new Supreme Court building after being told the Government has inherited a $12 million increase on the project.

Brownlee: Thermal Ban Repeal

Brownlee: Thermal Ban Repeal

16 December 2008 - A Bill repealing the 10-year ban on building thermal power stations has been tabled in Parliament by Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Brownlee: Light Bulb Ban Ended

Brownlee: Light Bulb Ban Ended

16 December 2008 - Energy and Resources Minister, Gerry Brownlee, has told Parliament today the ban on traditional light bulbs is being lifted.

"This government has real concerns about telling people they have to move to energy efficient light bulbs by decree," he said.

Te Heuheu: Courts Briefing Shows Work Being Done On Workloads

Te Heuheu: Courts Briefing Shows Work Being Done On Workloads

16 December 2008 - It is encouraging to see work is underway to address the issue of court workloads in New Zealand's court system and to simplify criminal procedures, says Minister for Courts, Georgina te Heuheu in releasing the Briefing to the Incoming Minister.