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Brownlee: Thermal Ban Repeal

Brownlee: Thermal Ban Repeal

16 December 2008 - A Bill repealing the 10-year ban on building thermal power stations has been tabled in Parliament by Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Brownlee: Light Bulb Ban Ended

Brownlee: Light Bulb Ban Ended

16 December 2008 - Energy and Resources Minister, Gerry Brownlee, has told Parliament today the ban on traditional light bulbs is being lifted.

"This government has real concerns about telling people they have to move to energy efficient light bulbs by decree," he said.

Te Heuheu: Courts Briefing Shows Work Being Done On Workloads

Te Heuheu: Courts Briefing Shows Work Being Done On Workloads

16 December 2008 - It is encouraging to see work is underway to address the issue of court workloads in New Zealand's court system and to simplify criminal procedures, says Minister for Courts, Georgina te Heuheu in releasing the Briefing to the Incoming Minister.

Collins: Briefing Paper Affirms Police Policy Direction

Collins: Briefing Paper Affirms Police Policy Direction

16 December 2008 - A report on the major issues facing Police today has reaffirmed the government's policy direction on law and order, Police Minister Hon Judith Collins says.

Heatley: Housing Briefings To Incoming Minister Released

Heatley: Housing Briefings To Incoming Minister Released

16 December 2008 - Housing Minister Phil Heatley has today released the Housing New Zealand and Department of Building and Housing Briefings to the Incoming Minister.

Groser: Extension To Term Of NZ Chair Of WTO Agriculture Talks

Groser: Extension To Term Of NZ Chair Of WTO Agriculture Talks

16 December 2008 - Trade Minister Tim Groser says the Government has decided to ask New Zealand Ambassador to the WTO, and Chair of the WTO Agriculture Negotiations, Crawford Falconer, to remain in Geneva in an effort to help revitalise the WTO's Doha Development Round negotiations.

Collins: Pressure On Prisons A Shameful Labour Legacy

Collins: Pressure On Prisons A Shameful Labour Legacy

16 December 2008 - Ongoing pressure on capacity at New Zealand's prisons is testament to failed corrections policies under the former Labour government, Corrections Minister Hon Judith Collins says.

Collins: Veterans' Affairs Minister Releases Briefing Paper

Collins: Veterans' Affairs Minister Releases Briefing Paper

16 December 2008 - Veterans' Affairs Minister Judith Collins today released the briefing paper to the incoming Minister from Veterans' Affairs New Zealand.

New Libz Leader Announced

New Libz Leader Announced

Masterton GP Richard McGrath is the new leader of the Libertarianz Party, following Bernard Darnton's decision to stand down after five years at the helm.

Bradford: Many Left Out In The Cold Under Nat's Programme

Bradford: Many Left Out In The Cold Under Nat's Programme

While John Key's ReStart assistance package for newly redundant workers will help those who qualify, there will still be an awful lot of people for whom this will make no difference, Green Party Social Development spokesperson Sue Bradford says.