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Bennett: Auckland Social Policy Forum Builds Community Connections

Bennett: Auckland Social Policy Forum Builds Community Connections

4 May 2009 - The social wellbeing of the country's largest city will be improved by a new Auckland Social Policy Forum, says the Minister for Social Development and Employment Paula Bennett.

Power: Committee Against Torture Examines NZ's 5th Periodic Report

Power: Committee Against Torture Examines NZ's 5th Periodic Report

4 May 2009 - New Zealand has presented its fifth periodic report under the Convention against Torture to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.

Libertarianz: Free Dakta Green!

Libertarianz: Free Dakta Green!

Cannabis law reform campaigner and Cannabus driver Dakta Green has been arrested and charged twice for minor cannabis offending and breaking bail conditions.

Te Heuheu: Positive Environment For Nuclear NPT Meeting

Te Heuheu: Positive Environment For Nuclear NPT Meeting

4 May 2009 - Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control Georgina te Heuheu is cautiously optimistic an upcoming nuclear non-proliferation meeting will provide a solid basis for a crucial meeting next year to work for a nuclear-free world.

English: Government Looks At Bond Programme Options

English: Government Looks At Bond Programme Options

4 May 2009 - A new 12-year government bond may be a step towards introducing even longer-dated bonds as part of the Government's borrowing programme, Finance Minister Bill English said today.

Robertson: NZ Music Month Off To Great Start-But Where Is The Minister?

Robertson: NZ Music Month Off To Great Start-But Where Is The Minister?

4 May 2009 - New Zealand Music Month kicked off at the weekend with a range of great gigs and events, but the lack of support from Arts Minister Chris Finlayson has been noticeable, Grant Robertson Labour Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Spokesperson said.

Ryall: New Chair For Waikato DHB

Ryall: New Chair For Waikato DHB

4 May 2009 - Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the appointment of Graeme Milne as the new chair of the Waikato District Health Board.

Mr Ryall said, "Mr Milne brings extensive management and governance experience to the board of the Waikato DHB.

Power: Minister To Present Report To United Nations Human Rights Council

Power: Minister To Present Report To United Nations Human Rights Council

4 May 2009 - The Minister of Justice, Simon Power, leaves for Geneva today to present New Zealand's National Report to the United Nations Human Rights Council under the new Universal Periodic Review mechanism.

The presentation takes place on Thursday, New Zealand time.

Pillay: National's Disability Policy One Big Empty Space

Pillay: National's Disability Policy One Big Empty Space

After six months in Government, National's policy on disability issues is non-existent.

"I am appalled at the resounding silence and lack of action from the National Government to the disability sector," says Lynne Pillay, Labour Spokesperson on Disability Issues.

Stop Poisoning Bees

Stop Poisoning Bees

Pesticides could decimate New Zealand's bee population unless the Government takes action, Green MP Sue Kedgley said today.