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McCully: NZ Backs Debate On Reducing Whale Kill

McCully: NZ Backs Debate On Reducing Whale Kill

New Zealand supports the debate at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) exploring ways of reducing the number of whales being killed, without endorsing any of the specific proposals being advanced, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said today.

Greens: Faster Solutions Needed For Housing Crisis

Greens: Faster Solutions Needed For Housing Crisis

27 January 2009 - New evidence of the housing affordability crisis means National must look harder and faster for solutions, including measures proposed by the Green Party.

Ryall: Moving Resources To The Health Frontline

Ryall: Moving Resources To The Health Frontline

27 January 2009 - Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the membership of a Ministerial Group to advise on improving the quality and performance of the public health system.

The Group is focussed on prompt action, and will complete its work and disband in six months.

Carter: Unique Achievement At Ngawha

Carter: Unique Achievement At Ngawha

Northland MP John Carter will open the expanded Ngawha Geothermal Power Station at the weekend (January 31).

Standing in for Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee as Crown representative at the occasion, Mr Carter said the expanded power plant represents a unique Northland achievement.

Maori Party: Maori Party Congratulates Australian Of The Year

Maori Party: Maori Party Congratulates Australian Of The Year

26 January 2009 - Maori Party co-leaders, Dr Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia, have today extended their enthusiastic greetings to veteran indigenous activist, Professor Mick Dodson of the Yawuru peoples in Western Australia.

Turia: Statement - Correction

Turia: Statement - Correction

26 January 2009 - The Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector - Hon Tariana Turia - is disappointed that a Sunday paper, trying to draw her into a story about the new Minister for Social Development - Hon Paula Bennett - has its facts wrong; and Mrs Turia believes the paper owes her fami

Anderton: Set Up Kiwibank Branches In Local Council Offices

Anderton: Set Up Kiwibank Branches In Local Council Offices

26 January 2009 - Setting up community Kiwibank branches in local council offices is a great idea, and has been successful at Australia's Bendigo bank, says Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton.

Collins: Minister Offers Condolences To Whanau Of Maori Battalion President

Collins: Minister Offers Condolences To Whanau Of Maori Battalion President

26 January 2009 - Veterans Affairs Minister Judith Collins today extended her condolences on behalf of the New Zealand veteran community to the whanau of Maori Battalion Association President Jim Takarangi who died yesterday in Wanganui aged 83.

Davis: Threat Of Kauri Rot Potentially Disastrous

Davis: Threat Of Kauri Rot Potentially Disastrous

26 January 2009 - Labour biosecurity spokesperson Kelvin Davis says the Government may need to consider more drastic action to arrest the spread of the newly-identified disease known as Kauri dieback or Kauri rot (Phytophthora taxon agathis or PTA) if New Zealand is to prevent an ecological disa

Heatley: Bringing Better Balance To The Housing Market

Heatley: Bringing Better Balance To The Housing Market

26 January 2009 - Housing Minister Phil Heatley says big steps are being taken to help the many thousands of Kiwis who can't afford new homes, including changes to the Resource Management Act and Building Act.