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NZ Should Push Pause On Folic Fortification

NZ Should Push Pause On Folic Fortification

Fears voiced by Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson that New Zealand could jeopardise trans-tasman relations if it paused on the mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid is at odds with our willingness to go our own way on country of origin labelling, said Green Party MP Sue Kedgley.

Select Committee Report Underlines Government Irresponsibility

Select Committee Report Underlines Government Irresponsibility

The Finance and Expenditure Committee's own report on its examination of the Reserve Bank's June monetary policy statement simply underlines the sheer irresponsibility of the committee in not proceeding with an inquiry into bank profits, says Labour finance spokesperson David Cunliffe.

Labour Welcomes Folic Acid Introduction

Labour Welcomes Folic Acid Introduction

Labour today welcomed news that the National Government is going ahead with the introduction of folic acid to bread, Labour Health spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.

Boost To Open Access To ICT

Boost To Open Access To ICT

The Government has given a boost to projects aimed at bringing the world of information, computers and technology to people who are digitally disadvantaged.

NZ Increases Aid To Samoa

NZ Increases Aid To Samoa

Hon John Key Prime Minister 8 July 2009

Media Statement NZ increases aid to Samoa

Prime Minister John Key's visit to Samoa has furthered advanced the unique "Treaty of Friendship" relationship between Samoa and New Zealand.

Thin Green Line Stretched To Breaking

Thin Green Line Stretched To Breaking

New Zealand's economy and biologically-based primary industries have been placed at higher risk as a result of the latest cuts in staff at Biosecurity NZ, Labour Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O'Connor says.

National Slashing More Frontline Jobs

National Slashing More Frontline Jobs

The Government is continuing to make cuts to frontline services with 60 jobs slashed from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Labour State Services spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

Bakers' Frustration Understandable

Bakers' Frustration Understandable

8 July -- The Government sympathises with the New Zealand Association of Bakers' frustration over Labour's legacy of mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid, says Minister for Food Safety Kate Wilkinson.

Fairness, Freedom Of Expression And Transparency Vital In Electoral Law Reform

Fairness, Freedom Of Expression And Transparency Vital In Electoral Law Reform

The most important principles in terms of electoral law reform should be fairness between political parties, freedom of expression and transparency, says Labour electoral reform spokesperson David Parker.

Government Considers Local Body 'Bond Bank'

Government Considers Local Body 'Bond Bank'

The Government is working with local body representatives to investigate setting up a "bond bank" to help councils finance up to $30 billion of planned infrastructure over the next decade, Finance Minister Bill English says.