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New Zealand Extends Sympathy After China Earthquake

13 May 2008 - Acting Prime Minister Michael Cullen today extended New Zealand's sympathy to China following a large earthquake which has affected the country's central region.

Reports so far suggest more than 8,000 people are dead and 20,000 injured.

Meatworks Closure A Devastating Blow

The loss of close to 500 jobs as a result of PPCS's decision to close its Oringi sheep and lamb processing plant is absolutely devastating for the region, says Tukituki MP Craig Foss and Wairarapa MP John Hayes.

Police Code Of Conduct Ignores Sexual Relationships

The new police Code of Conduct does not address the issue of officers' sexual relationships with members of the public, as recommended by the Bazley report, says National's Police spokesman, Chester Borrows.

Immigration Resignation Sparks More Questions

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says the resignation of Immigration Service boss Mary-Anne Thompson does not signal 'closure', as the department says.

Greens Help Set Up Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance Scheme

13 May 2008 - The Green Party has secured $4 million funding over four years to establish a comprehensive antibiotic resistant surveillance system in New Zealand.

Imported Food Testing Regime Gets Green Budget Boost

13 May 2008 - Additional funding of $2.4 million over four years secured by the Green Party in Budget 2008 will improve the monitoring and testing of foods that are imported into New Zealand.

Passionate And Experienced - Green Party List 2008

12 May 2008 - The Green Party today released its party list for the 2008 election.

"We are enormously proud to present our list for the 2008 election" says Jeanette Fitzsimons and Russel Norman, Green Co-Leaders.

What Has Happened To The Price Of Diesel?

12 May 2008 - Independent MP Gordon Copeland, the Kiwi Party spokesperson on Commerce, today questioned why the price of diesel in New Zealand has increased twice as fast as the cost of petrol since the first quarter of 2007.

That's Not What You Promised Trevor

12 May 2008 - "Trevor Mallard needs to tell New Zealanders when Labour's policy changed on golden handshakes," says National's State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

National Party Grandstanding On 'P'

12 MAY 2008 - Maori Party Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples has accused National's leader John Key of grandstanding on 'P', with his call for a tougher line on gangs involved in drug dealing.