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Extra Cash Boost For Cancer Treatment

The Government has announced a cash boost of nearly $4 million to help regional cancer centres provide faster treatment for patients.

Health Law Passed With Unanimous Support

The New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment bill has passed its third reading in the House of Representatives - with unanimous support from all parties.

Important To Keep Pressure On Ministry Over Samoan Language

Labour's Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su'a William Sio is welcoming what looks like an Education Ministry back-down on its plans to cease publishing the Samoan school journal Folauga.

Parliament Passes Bill To Improve Health Service Efficiency

Wellington, Oct 19 NZPA - Parliament has passed legislation which enables district health boards (DHBs) to work more closely together and sets up a new, independent Health Quality and Safety Commission.

Spat Over Living Cost Continued In Parliament

Spat Over Living Cost Continued In Parliament

Wellington, Oct 19 NZPA - Labour and National continued their spat over the cost of living today with both sides claiming in Parliament the other has their figures wrong.

Labour Rejects Natural Dairy Claim

Labour Rejects Natural Dairy Claim

By Chris Ormond of NZPA

Wellington, Oct 19 NZPA - Labour has rejected a comment from Natural Dairy that it welcomes Labour's new overseas ownership policy as it aligns with its proposal to buy the Crafar farms.

Housing NZ Cracks Down On Fraudulent Tenants

Housing NZ Cracks Down On Fraudulent Tenants

By Adam Roberts for NZPA

Wellington, Oct 19, NZPA - An expert team of Housing New Zealand investigators spent the last 18 months tracking down fraudulent tenants, terminating 166 cases and a saving of $6.3 million, Housing Minister Phil Heatley says.

Govt Announces Funding For Youth Offending Programmes

Govt Announces Funding For Youth Offending Programmes

Wellington, Oct 19 NZPA - Funding has been granted to 14 new community programmes to tackle youth offending, the Government said today.

Henare Defends Incident With Teenage Submitter

Henare Defends Incident With Teenage Submitter

By NZPA political reporters

Wellington, Oct 19 NZPA - National MP Tau Henare is defending himself after he called a young select committee submitter a liar.

James Sleep, a teenage unionist, gave evidence before the transport and industrial relations committee last month.

Act Foreshore Move Causes Tension

By Maggie Tait of NZPA

Wellington, Oct 19 NZPA - Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is not guaranteeing her party's support for new foreshore legislation after moves to amend it to explicitly state iwi could not charge for access.