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Parker: Government Inaction Means Higher Unemployment In Otago And Southland

Parker: Government Inaction Means Higher Unemployment In Otago And Southland

11 February 2009 - For the second time in one week the National/Maori Party Government has turned its back on the South Island, Dunedin based Labour MP David Parker said today.

Hodgson: Ryall Displays Arrogance

Hodgson: Ryall Displays Arrogance

11 February 2009 - Health Minister Tony Ryall has decided he knows better than the public of Otago, said Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson.

Pete Hodgson questioned the Minister in Parliament today over his intention to sack Otago DHB chair Richard Thomson.

Turia: Turia Welcomes New Money For State Housing

Turia: Turia Welcomes New Money For State Housing

11 February 2009 - The Associate Minister for Social Development - Tariana Turia - is welcoming the public projects package announced today particularly the money to be spent on renovating state houses and building new ones.

Barker: Failure To Invest In Auckland Courts Inexplicable

Barker: Failure To Invest In Auckland Courts Inexplicable

11 February 2009 - Labour Party Courts spokesperson Rick Barker says an obvious oversight in National's infrastructure package has been the failure to invest in additional court facilities for the greater Auckland area.

Cosgrove & Hipkins: Cosgrove, Hipkins Say Police Minister Must Front Up On Hutt Valley Police Numbers And Stations

Cosgrove & Hipkins: Cosgrove, Hipkins Say Police Minister Must Front Up On Hutt Valley Police Numbers And Stations

11 February 2009 - Police Minister Judith Collins needs to guarantee to Hutt Valley people that they will get their fair share of extra police numbers, says Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins.

Chauvel: Lost Opportunities For Healthy Homes In Government Stimulus Package

Chauvel: Lost Opportunities For Healthy Homes In Government Stimulus Package

11 February 2009 - The failure of the Government's stimulus package to address the requirements of more than 95% of New Zealand homes will end up costing the country considerably more than the total amount of the package", Labour's Energy Spokesperson Charles Chauvel said today.

Cunliffe: Significant Crisis Requires Significant Action

Cunliffe: Significant Crisis Requires Significant Action

11 FEBRUARY 2009 - The Finance Minister's admission that New Zealand faces "the most significant economic crisis in 90 years" needs to be backed up with a significant plan to get ordinary Kiwis through it, Labour Finance spokesperson David Cunliffe said today.

Carter: Far North Schools Have More Certainty

Carter: Far North Schools Have More Certainty

11 February 2009 - Northland MP John Carter says the Community Initiated Education Planning (CIEP) process that was measuring education needs against projected population decline has now been halted in the Far North.

Worth: NZ Firefighters Heading To Australia On Friday

Worth: NZ Firefighters Heading To Australia On Friday

11 February 2009 - New Zealand firefighters will fly to Australia on Friday [13 Feb] to help fight the devastating bushfires in the state of Victoria, says the Minister responsible for New Zealand's fire services Richard Worth.

Twyford: Phil Twyford Says National's Infrastructure Plan Has Nothing But Disappointment For Auckland

Twyford: Phil Twyford Says National's Infrastructure Plan Has Nothing But Disappointment For Auckland

11 February 2009 - Labour Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says that today's National Government infrastructure plan contains nothing but disappointment for Auckland.