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Radio New Zealand Charter Marred By Freeze

Radio New Zealand Charter Marred By Freeze

The welcome introduction of a bill renewing Radio New Zealand's charter is marred by a freeze on its funding, says Labour's broadcasting spokesman Brendon Burns.

Government Slams Door Shut On Polytech Students

Thousands of aspiring polytechnic students are set to be turned away after the Government confirmed the polytechs were likely to face financial penalties if they enrol them, says Labour's Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street.

Sign Language Classes Another Casualty Of Ace Cuts

The slashing of Adult and Community Education (ACE) funding will have a devastating impact on the ability of people to learn Sign Language in community classes, says Lynne Pillay Labour Spokesperson for Disability Issues.

Smart Meters The Smart Way

Energy and Resources Minister, Gerry Brownlee, says a smart meter is the smart way to go.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has today released its report "Smart electricity meters: How households and the environment can benefit."

Hide Wins Water Moratorium And Puts Health At Risk

Local Government Minister Rodney Hide had pre-determined the moratorium on new drinking water standards, says Labour's water quality spokesman Brendon Burns.

Pay Equity Rally To Send Message On Valuing Workers

Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson's assertion today that she is closing the Pay and Employment Equity Unit because it had completed its work shows a total disregard for school support staff and social workers, says Labour's Women's Affairs spokesperson, Sue Moroney.

Bill Tackles Money Laundering, Financing Of Terrorism

A bill to enhance measures to counter money laundering and the financing of terrorism was introduced to Parliament today.

Proposed Student Loan Threshold Changes Harsh

Proposed Student Loan Threshold Changes Harsh

Labour welcomes Revenue Minister Peter Dunne's plans to simplify student loan repayments, but believes the proposed changes to thresholds would be harsh and punitive, says the party's Tertiary Education Spokesperson Maryan Street.

Hide Must Require Garrett To Apologise To Tongan Community

Hide Must Require Garrett To Apologise To Tongan Community

Labour List MP Carmel Sepuloni MP is repeating her call for Act MP David Garrett to apologise to the Tongan community for the inappropriate comments he made.

Goodbye To The Kiwi Brain Drain

While the Labour government waved thousands of Kiwis goodbye, the National government is welcoming them back.

Recently released statistics show that New Zealand's brain drain has slowed dramatically over the past year, Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman says.