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Ryall: Panel To Help Improve Access To High Cost Medicines

Ryall: Panel To Help Improve Access To High Cost Medicines

29 May 2009 - The government has announced a panel to recommend how to improve access to high-cost, highly specialised medicines in New Zealand.

This fulfils a National Party pre-election commitment.

Finlayson: Minister Thanks Maori Party For Treaty Support

Finlayson: Minister Thanks Maori Party For Treaty Support

29 May 2009 - Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson today thanked the Maori Party for its assistance in helping secure more resources to accelerate the settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi grievances.

Dyson: Another Broken Promise - Health Spending Cut

Dyson: Another Broken Promise - Health Spending Cut

29 May 2009 - Health Minister Tony Ryall has delivered a Budget with a pretty veneer, but a closer inspection of the detail reveals it will be a disaster for the long-term health of New Zealanders, Labour Health spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.

Budget Boosts Marsden Fund To $47 Million

Budget Boosts Marsden Fund To $47 Million

28 May 2009 - Today's Budget has provided a $9 million yearly boost to the Marsden Fund, taking total funding to its highest ever level of $47 million per annum (excl GST). The increase means that over a dozen extra projects will receive funding each year.

Budget 09 Will Lead To More Public Sector Jobs Being Axed

Budget 09 Will Lead To More Public Sector Jobs Being Axed

28 May 2009 - "The Budget continues the government's rolling maul of restructuring and job cuts in the public sector," says Public Service Association national secretary Brenda Pilott.

Credit Rating News Reflects Credible Budget

Credit Rating News Reflects Credible Budget

28 May 2009 - Encouraging news today from two credit ratings agencies reflects the Budget's credible and balanced approach to helping New Zealanders through the recession, Finance Minister Bill English said.

Corrections Welcomes Additional Funding

Corrections Welcomes Additional Funding

28 May 2009 - "The Government's Budget announcements today represent a significant investment in the Department which will see Corrections better placed to improve public safety and meet the challenge of increasing pressure on its services", says Chief Executive Barry Matthews.

Budget Fails To Protect Jobs For Maori

Budget Fails To Protect Jobs For Maori

28 May 2009 - Maori will be deeply disappointed with today's Budget which does nothing to keep whanau in work and includes no new Maori Affairs spending whatsoever, says Labour's Maori Affairs spokesperson Parekura Horomia.

Tolley: Budget Boost For Education Priorities

Tolley: Budget Boost For Education Priorities

28 May 2009 - The Government has demonstrated its commitment to strengthening the ladder of opportunity by allocating $1.68 billion to improving front-line education services in the current year and over the next four years.

English: Budget 2009 - The Road To Recovery

English: Budget 2009 - The Road To Recovery

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