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Kiwibank Leads Big Banks Back To Local Services

Kiwibank Leads Big Banks Back To Local Services

Statement from Hon Jim Anderton:

Westpac's decision to return to boutique style branches in small communities so they can get closer to where customers live, demonstrates the impact Kiwibank has had on banking in New Zealand.

PM Launches Smartgate For Faster, Easier Travel

PM Launches Smartgate For Faster, Easier Travel

Trans-Tasman travel is becoming faster and easier as SmartGate today begins operating at Auckland International Airport, Prime Minister John Key says.

First Response Programme Launched In Auckland

A new programme aimed at reducing the country's shocking rate of child abuse gets underway in Auckland today, the Social Development and Employment Minister says.

Accessible Government - A Step Forward

The Associate Minister for Disability Issues, Minister Pansy Wong marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities today with the release of social development information in New Zealand Sign Language.

Ryall's Water Moratorium Will Come At Cost To Health

A modest improvement in the number of New Zealanders drinking safe water is being put at risk especially in rural areas by Government policy changes, says Labour's water quality spokesman Brendon Burns.

PM To Go To Copenhagen Leaders' Event

PM To Go To Copenhagen Leaders' Event

Prime Minister John Key announced today he will be attending the leaders' meeting at the end of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this month.

The leaders' event at the conference is due to be held on 17-18 December.

Govt: Auckland's Third Harbour Crossing A Priority

Govt: Auckland's Third Harbour Crossing A Priority

Transport Minister Steven Joyce says building a third harbour crossing will be a key transport priority for the government in the soon-to-be-released 20-year infrastructure plan.

Justice Minister Opens New PDs Office

Justice Minister Opens New PDs Office

Public defender services and duty solicitor reforms were expanded today with the opening of the service at Waitakere District Court.

$100,000 Received Towards NZ Film Archive

$100,000 Received Towards NZ Film Archive

$100,000 received towards NZ Film Archive

New funding of $100,000 confirmed today from Pub Charity towards a storage facility for the New Zealand Film Archive was welcomed by Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Hon Christopher Finlayson.

Maori Party Believes Hone Better Inside The Tent Than Out

Maori Party Believes Hone Better Inside The Tent Than Out

Today's decision by the Maori Party to allow Hone Harawira to remain within their caucus is a turnaround on the situation a fortnight ago.

Back then, it seemed that Harawira's expulsion from the Maori Party caucas was inevitable. Now the party has had a change of heart.