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Maori Party: A 'Big Day' For Maori Party Says Te Ururoa Flavell MP For Waiariki

Maori Party: A 'Big Day' For Maori Party Says Te Ururoa Flavell MP For Waiariki

17 June 2009 - "Today June the 17th 2009 will go down in history as the day in which a Maori Party bill was debated in Parliament for the first time", says Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell.

Hawkins & Twyford: Collins Buckles On Super City "tea And Scone Clubs"

Hawkins & Twyford: Collins Buckles On Super City "tea And Scone Clubs"

17 June 2009 - Senior Auckland Cabinet Minister Judith Collins has conceded the Government's proposed local boards for Auckland will be nothing more than "tea and scone clubs", say Labour MPs George Hawkins and Phil Twyford.

Smith: Economic Analysis Supports Modified ETS

Smith: Economic Analysis Supports Modified ETS

17 June 2009 - A joint report by economic consultants NZIER and Infometrics concludes that a modified emissions trading scheme is the best way forward for New Zealand on climate change policy.

Sharples: Open Universities To Maori

Sharples: Open Universities To Maori

17 June 2009 - Maori Affairs and Associate Education Minister Dr Pita Sharples called for universities to consider open entry for Maori students.

Brownlee: Downturn In Power Use

Brownlee: Downturn In Power Use

17 June 2009 - A sizeable downturn in electricity consumption has been revealed in the latest energy statistics released by the Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Greens: Bradford Launches Member's Bill On Referenda

Greens: Bradford Launches Member's Bill On Referenda

17 June 2009 - Green Party MP Sue Bradford this morning launched a Member's Bill aimed at ending the use of confused questions in Citizens Initiated Referenda.

Heaphy Track Should Open To Mountain Bikers Next Year

Heaphy Track Should Open To Mountain Bikers Next Year

The Heaphy Track is a cycleway waiting to happen and should be open to mountain bikers next year, says Labour List MP Damien O Connor.

Groser To Attend Pacific Trade Ministers' Meeting

Groser To Attend Pacific Trade Ministers' Meeting

Trade Minister Tim Groser will attend the annual Pacific Islands Forum's Trade Ministers meeting in Apia, Samoa from 17-18 June.

"This meeting is an excellent opportunity to build on the momentum for pursuing the regional trade agreement known as PACER Plus," Mr Groser said.

Change To Telecom's Operation Separation Undertakings

Change To Telecom's Operation Separation Undertakings

Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce has approved a variation to Telecom's operational separation undertakings, which came into force in March 2008.

Latest Smacking Poll - Same Result

Latest Smacking Poll - Same Result

Family First NZ says the latest poll on smacking shows that the opposition to non-abusive smacking remains minimal and the law should be changed now rather than after a costly Referendum.