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Hobbit 'Likely' To Force Employment Law Change - PM

Hobbit 'Likely' To Force Employment Law Change - PM

By Dave Williams of NZPA

Wellington, Oct 27 NZPA - The Government is "likely" to make changes to employment law to reassure US movie giant Warner Bros. it can make The Hobbit here without facing the threat of industrial action, says Prime Minister John Key.

Power: Next Step For Considering Criminalisation Of Cartels

Power: Next Step For Considering Criminalisation Of Cartels

Commerce Minister Simon Power today announced that the Government will release a draft exposure bill on the criminalisation of cartels.

New Zealand Strives To Remain Heard As Big Guns Arrive At EAS

By Kate Chapman of NZPA

Wellington, Oct 27 NZPA - Always a small player in international negotiations, New Zealand is likely to be sidelined even further this week when Russia and the United States crash the East Asia Summit in Vietnam.

Call For A Special Committee To Hear The Marine And Coastal Area Bill

Call For A Special Committee To Hear The Marine And Coastal Area Bill

"The Maori Party's removal of Hone Harawera from the Maori Affairs Select Committee during the hearing of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill does not go far enough", says Dr Hugh Barr of the Coastal Coalition.

Pacific Finance Ministers Meet In Niue

Pacific Finance Ministers Meet In Niue

Wellington, Oct 27 NZPA - Finance ministers from across the Pacific are meeting in Niue this week for talks on broadening the region's economic base.

MPs Claim Back Less Travel Costs Under Public Spotlight

MPs Claim Back Less Travel Costs Under Public Spotlight

Wellington, Oct 27 NZPA - The decision to release MPs' expenses information has seen politicians claiming back less international travel costs, Parliamentary Services manager Geoff Thorn says.

Canterbury Earthquake Law: Home By Christmas?

The controversial Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act can be repealed early, said the Green Party today.

New Zealand Public Sector Tops Integrity Lists

State Services Minister Tony Ryall says New Zealanders will be proud their public sector continues to lead the world in integrity.

Speaker Won't Stand For Re-Election In Rodney

Speaker Won't Stand For Re-Election In Rodney

Wellington, Oct 27 NZPA - Speaker Lockwood Smith has announced he will not stand for re-election in the Rodney electorate next year.

Dr Smith has been the MP for Rodney, previously known as Kaipara, since 1984.

McCarten To Contest Mana By-Election

McCarten To Contest Mana By-Election

Wellington, Oct 27 NZPA - Unite Union leader Matt McCarten has announced he will contest the upcoming Mana by-election.