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New Standards Proposed For Soil Contamination

New standards are needed to assist councils in dealing with contaminated sites, says Environment Minister Nick Smith.

Dr Smith today released a draft National Environmental Standard on assessing and managing contaminants in soil.

$1 Million Youth Fund Opens For Local Council Applications

$1 Million Youth Fund Opens For Local Council Applications

A $1 million fund for community-based youth projects, will boost training and employment opportunities for young people, Youth Affairs Minister Paula Bennett announced today.

Wong Urged To Become A Real Voice For Growing Number Of Ethnic Unemployed

Wong Urged To Become A Real Voice For Growing Number Of Ethnic Unemployed

Labour Associate Ethnic Affairs spokespersons Raymond Huo and Rajen Prasad are urging Ethnic Affairs Minister Pansy Wong to speak out forcefully on the rising ethnic unemployment rate before even more ethnic people are forced on the dole.

Parents Can Claim School Fees Refund

Parents Can Claim School Fees Refund

Family First NZ is reminding and possibly informing parents that when they complete their IRD Tax Returns for the financial year ended 31 March 2010, they are entitled to claim back 1/3'rd of their school fees.

Government Must Clarify School 'Fees' Or 'Donation'

Government Must Clarify School 'Fees' Or 'Donation'

Family First NZ says that the government must clarify to parents whether school fees are compulsory or not.

10,000 More Women Now Out Of Work

10,000 More Women Now Out Of Work

A further 10,000 more women are now struggling to financially support their families after a significant increase in unemployment, Labour Women's Affairs Sue Moroney said.

Maori Unemployment Rate Continues To Rise

Maori Unemployment Rate Continues To Rise

Maori unemployment rates continue to rise and are further proof that the Government's economic plans are failing, says Labour's Maori Affairs spokesperson Parekura Horomia.

Government Inaction May Lock In High Unemployment

Government Inaction May Lock In High Unemployment

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union is warning record unemployment levels may become the norm if the Government continues to do nothing.

The call follows news of the highest unemployment levels since 1992 and an absence of any signs employment is likely to pick up.

Unemployment Figures A Wake Up Call For John Key

Unemployment Figures A Wake Up Call For John Key

New, higher than forecast, unemployment figures out today show this Government's economic policies have failed miserably, Labour leader Phil Goff says.

Unemployment Rate Rises To 7.3 Percent

Unemployment Rate Rises To 7.3 Percent

The number of New Zealanders looking for one hours work a week or more reached 168,000 in the December quarter, a rise of 0.8 per cent.

The greater than predicted rise has been put down to an increase of 14,500 people in the working age population.