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Politicians Urged To Focus On Affordable Housing Issues

Wellington, Oct 2 NZPA - Political candidates should focus on those most at need when they debate the issue of affordable housing, the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) says.

Electoral Commission Blasts EFA - Again

Wellington, Oct 2 NZPA - The Electoral Commission says it needs constant legal advice to help it interpret obscure sections of the Electoral Finance Act and it might not be able to sort them out before the election.

Greens: New Zealand Sports Grounds Getting Toxic Treatment

Greens: New Zealand Sports Grounds Getting Toxic Treatment

2 October 2008 - The Green Party says children are being needlessly put at risk by 18 councils around New Zealand that are spraying playing fields with a highly toxic insecticide, banned in more than 50 countries, when a safer alternative is readily available.

Govt And Nats Disagree Over Rise In Violent Crime

Govt And Nats Disagree Over Rise In Violent Crime

Wellington, Oct 2 NZPA - The Government says an increase in violent crime is mainly because more domestic incidents are being reported, but the National Party isn't buying that.

Three West Coast Timber Mills Seek Govt Assistance

Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - Three West Coast timber mills are pinning their hopes on government assistance to help them out of their financial troubles.

Govt Defends Growth In Public Sector

Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - The Government is defending the growth of the public sector, saying it is line with that of the private sector.

National today criticised the Government for a 42 percent increase in the amount of office space leased by public servants in the past five years.

Family Violence Rise Means More Resources Critical: Greens

Family Violence Rise Means More Resources Critical: Greens

The increase in family violence reporting revealed in statistics released by the police today is one clear indicator of just how successful the 'It's Not OK' and related campaigns have been, says the Green Party.

Tolley: Education Minister Fails Comprehension

National Party Education spokeswoman Anne Tolley says Education Minister Chris Carter has either failed a basic test of comprehension, or is trying to deliberately misrepresent National's policy to raise educational standards.

Clark Heads Into National Country

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By Maggie Tait of NZPA

Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - Before the election date was announced Prime Minister Helen Clark told her MPs they needed to get their hard hats on and work hard.

Extra $121 Million To Be Spent On Rail Network This Year

Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - An extra $121 million improving the rail system in the current financial year is small change compared to the money needed to build new roads, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.