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Hide Undermines Local Government Commission

Hide Undermines Local Government Commission

Super-City lobbyist Grant Kirby's appointment to the Local Government Commission undermines its independence and exposes Rodney Hide's cronyism, Green Local Government Spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today.

Welsh Reappointed To Trade Accreditation Board

Welsh Reappointed To Trade Accreditation Board

Commerce Minister Simon Power today announced the reappointment of Fergus Welsh as the New Zealand representative on the board of the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).

Ryall: More Maternity Funding For New Parents

Ryall: More Maternity Funding For New Parents

19 May 2009 - Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the Government will spend an extra $103.5 million over four years to boost maternity services for parents.

Joyce: Billion Dollar State Highway Investment Confirmed

Joyce: Billion Dollar State Highway Investment Confirmed

19 May 2009 - The government has today confirmed that it will invest an extra billion dollars in the state highway network over the next three years with the release of its revised Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding (GPS).

Greens: Greens Plans MP Visit To Pig Horror Farms

Greens: Greens Plans MP Visit To Pig Horror Farms

19 May 2009 - Green MP and Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Kedgley says the Sunday programme's footage of a North Island pig farm has lifted the petticoats on the New Zealand pork industry and exposed the truth about the misery of sows kept in cages for months at a time.

Brownlee's Biodiesel Plan A Sham

Brownlee's Biodiesel Plan A Sham

The announcement today by Gerry Brownlee that he wants to kick start the New Zealand biodiesel industry is laughable, Labour Energy Spokespersons Charles Chauvel and Chris Hipkins say.

Bennett's Six Months - Bungle After Bungle

Bennett's Six Months - Bungle After Bungle

Paula Bennett's blunder over the Christine Rankin appointment is the most recent in what is now a string of bungles, raising real concerns about her own appointment, says Labour's Social Development spokesperson Annette King.

Lee Fails To Front Mt Albert Meeting

Lee Fails To Front Mt Albert Meeting

The people of Mt Albert deserve a political leader who is prepared to publicly debate the electorate's issues, so Melissa Lee should engage at tonight's community meeting on SuperCity proposals, Green Party Co-Leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

Act MP Turns On Supporters

Act MP Turns On Supporters

David Garrett, already famous for spurning individual rights, now alienates gun-owners who frequently support ACT, says Peter Linton, Libertarianz Firearms Spokesman. Garrett claims that "it was a mistake to abandon registering weapons."

Carter: Pig Farm Investigation Underway

Carter: Pig Farm Investigation Underway

Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister David Carter has confirmed that animal welfare investigators are carrying out an inspection of the pig farm at the centre of TVNZ's 'Sunday' programme.