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Q+A's Guyon Espiner Interviews Finance Minister, Bill English

Q+A's Guyon Espiner Interviews Finance Minister, Bill English

Points of interest:

- Government open to rise in tobacco tax

- English: "I wouldn't guarantee the same number of government departments [at the end of this term]".

Q+A's Paul Holmes Interviews Former Prime Minister, Helen Clark

Q+A's Paul Holmes Interviews Former Prime Minister, Helen Clark

Points of interest:

- Clark opposed to mining Doc land: "There are other ways to make money [and] some things are more important than money"

- "Who wants the Martha Mine in the middle of you know Tongariro National Park? Not me"

Te Heuheu: Young Pacific Leaders Embrace Digital Future

Te Heuheu: Young Pacific Leaders Embrace Digital Future

Young Pacific Island people are taking up the mantle of leadership in different ways from their trailblazing forebears, Pacific Island Affairs Minister Georgina te Heuheu says.

Biggest Issue Left Out Of Cow Welfare Code

Biggest Issue Left Out Of Cow Welfare Code

A new code of welfare for dairy cows that completely ignores the issue of factory-style dairy farming is a major concern, Green Party Co-Leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

Greens: Report An Attack On Democracy And Environment

Greens: Report An Attack On Democracy And Environment

The findings of a review of the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury or ECan) are an attack on democracy and could be disastrous for the Canterbury environment, the Green Party said today.

Burns: Better Rules, Not Less Democracy, Best Way Forward For Canterbury Water

Burns: Better Rules, Not Less Democracy, Best Way Forward For Canterbury Water

Canterbury water management would be better served by enforcing tougher, new environmental requirements than by passing responsibility to a new tier of un-elected local government, says Labour's water spokesman Brendon Burns.

Is Government Slash And Burn Necessary?

Today's better than forecast deficit numbers beg the question - is all this slash and burn necessary from Bill English?

Industry Welcomes Government Response To CMD Task Force Report

Industry Welcomes Government Response To CMD Task Force Report

"The Government response to the Capital Markets Development Task Force report is welcomed by the Investment Savings and Insurance Association (ISI) as an important step in the right direction. The appointment of the Hon.

Goff: Where's The Party At John?

Goff: Where's The Party At John?

The failure of the Government to secure agreement to transform Auckland's waterfront into "party central" for the 2011 Rugby World Cup proves National's handing of preparations is a shambles, Labour Leader Phil Goff said today.

Anderton: Kiwibank Stays In Kiwi Market - And Makes A Profit

Anderton: Kiwibank Stays In Kiwi Market - And Makes A Profit

Kiwibank has made a profit during the worst recession in decades by staying in the New Zealand market and refusing to gamble on overseas currencies like the big Australian banks, says MP for Wigram and Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton.