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Streamlined Building Law Under Way

Streamlined Building Law Under Way

A Bill which will speed-up the building consent process and reduce costs, is set to become law after completing its passage through Parliament.

Aquaculture Advisory Group Named

Aquaculture Advisory Group Named

Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley and Environment Minister Nick Smith today announced the appointment of the Aquaculture Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to provide expert input to the aquaculture reform process.

Cluster Munitions Bill Before Parliament

Legislation to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions in New Zealand's domestic law has successfully passed a first reading in Parliament.

New Appointments To Te Papa Board Announced

New Appointments To Te Papa Board Announced

28 JULY 2009 - Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today the reappointment of the chair and the appointment of four new members to the board of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Labour To Lodge Privacy Complaint Over Bennett

Labour To Lodge Privacy Complaint Over Bennett

28 JULY 2009 - Labour's Associate Justice Spokesperson Charles Chauvel plans to lay a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner over Paula Bennett's clumsy and vindictive attempts to silence her critics.

New Appointment To Arts Board Announced

New Appointment To Arts Board Announced

28 JULY 2009 - Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today the appointment of former Member of Parliament Nandor Tanczos and the reappointments of Pele Walker and Michael Prentice to the Creative New Zealand Arts Board.

Disappointment At Speaker's Ruling On Facility For Banking Inquiry

Disappointment At Speaker's Ruling On Facility For Banking Inquiry

28 JULY 2009 - Labour Finance Spokesperson David Cunliffe says he will approach Parliament's Speaker again following Dr Lockwood Smith's decision to deny a request from Labour, the Greens and the Progressives to use a room in Parliament to hear public submissions during the multi-party inquiry in

Eureka Gets Off High Horse, Others Should

28 JULY 2009 - A decision by Christchurch-based Eureka Trust to stop using pokie money to fund horse racing is a welcome development which other similar trusts should follow, Labour's MP for Christchurch Central Brendon Burns says.

Ryall Undermining Public Health For Private Gain

Ryall Undermining Public Health For Private Gain

28 JULY 2009 - In Parliament today the Green Party has criticised the Government's outsourcing of surgery to the private sector as a move to undermine the public health system.

Ministers Confirm Northern Eating Disorders Plan

Ministers Confirm Northern Eating Disorders Plan

28 JULY 2009 - Health Minister Tony Ryall and Associate Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman today announced the new plan for more inpatient and residential eating disorder services for people in the top half of the North Island.