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Greens: Affordable Food Prices An Absolute Necessity

15 July 2008 - The Government needs to step in and help struggling New Zealanders, by increasing benefit levels and extending the $60 a week in work payment, in light of today's announcement of record high food prices, the Green Party says.

Severe Suffering In Experiments Almost Doubled Last Year

Severe Suffering In Experiments Almost Doubled Last Year

The Green Party says the Government needs to explain why the numbers of animals who were forced to endured very severe suffering during experimentation almost doubled last year.

Norman: $1/litre Petrol Drives NZ's Biggest Roading Programme

Norman: $1/litre Petrol Drives NZ's Biggest Roading Programme

A Green Party analysis of Land Transport New Zealand economic evaluations shows that the Government systematically discriminates against public transport projects, including pricing petrol at $1 dollar a litre.

Turner: "Overwhelming" Support For 'Do Not Call' Register

Turner: "Overwhelming" Support For 'Do Not Call' Register

Public support for a 'Do not call' telemarketing register has been "overwhelming", according to UnitedFuture deputy leader Judy Turner.

"The public reaction has been very strong. In fact I have had nearly unanimous support to establish a 'Do not call' register," says Mrs Turner.

Blue: Patchy Progress In Breast Screening

Young women continue to miss out in the Government-funded breast screening programme, says National Party Associate Health spokeswoman Jackie Blue.

Dyson: Pathways To Inclusion Making New Ground

Thousands of disabled New Zealanders are experiencing improved access to the workplace and community services, says Ruth Dyson.

The Minister for Disability Issues today released an evaluation of the Pathways to Inclusion Strategy which was launched in 2001.

Carter: Report Of Assault Concerns Minister

Carter: Report Of Assault Concerns Minister

14 July 2008 - Education Minister Chris Carter says that the report of an assault on an international student from China is something that he is very concerned about.

"Naturally, I am worried about the boy and I appreciate the concerns his parents must be feeling about this situation.

Barker: Government's Preferred Approach To Tribunal Reform Released

Barker: Government's Preferred Approach To Tribunal Reform Released

14 July 2008 - Courts Minister Rick Barker today launched a consultation document aimed at improving New Zealanders satisfaction with tribunal services.

Mallard: Claim For Costs And Losses Settled

14 July 2008 - The government and Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation (AWI) have agreed to a settlement of AWI's claims for costs and losses incurred as a result of its lands being subject to the vested lands regime, Associate Finance Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.

O'Connor: Minister Announces New Tourism Board Chair

14 July 2008 - Tourism Minister Damien O'Connor today announced the appointment of Greg Muir as Chairperson of the New Zealand Tourism Board.