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Gang Patch Ban Misses The Point

The Libertarianz Party opposes the ban on gang patches in Wanganui, saying there would be no need for the ban if New Zealand had a decent Bill of Rights that was properly enforced, if there was appropriate sentencing for violent crime, if victimless activities such as recreational drug use were l

Goff: National Failing On The Jobs Front

Goff: National Failing On The Jobs Front

7 May 2009 - The lives of hardworking Kiwis are being blighted by the rapidly increasing levels of unemployment witnessed in the latest jobs statistics released today, Labour Leader Phil Goff said.

Laban: Number Of Pacific Island Workers Left Jobless Dramatically Increases

7 May 2009 - Unemployment rates for New Zealand Pacific Islanders have jumped to 13.1 percent up from 8.7 percent according the Household Labour Force Survey Labour Pacific Affairs spokesperson Luamanuvao Winnie Laban says.

Cunliffe: Action And Urgency Needed To Keep Kiwis In Work

7 May 2009 - National must do more to protect New Zealanders jobs Labour Finance spokesman David Cunliffe said following the release of the latest Household Labour Force Survey which shows another increase in unemployment.

King: Time For Bennett To Relax Benefit Assistance Criteria

King: Time For Bennett To Relax Benefit Assistance Criteria

7 May 2009 - Labour is calling on the Government to relax the Work and Income criteria for special assistance, in the wake of the latest unemployment figures and growing evidence of increased hardship, says its Social Development spokesperson Annette King.

Tolley: School Property Projects Given A Boost

Tolley: School Property Projects Given A Boost

Education Minister, Anne Tolley, has today announced new initiatives to allow schools to get their property programmes underway more quickly.

Bennett: Unemployment Continues Upward Trend

Bennett: Unemployment Continues Upward Trend

While New Zealand's employment market is holding up well, unemployment figures out today show the upward trend continuing, says the Minister of Social Development and Employment Paula Bennett.

Govt Can Save $8m By Fixing Smacking Law Now

Govt Can Save $8m By Fixing Smacking Law Now

Family First NZ says that the government can save the taxpayer the $8 million cost on the August postal referendum and simply fix the anti-smacking law now.

Parker: Future Cuts To Superannuation On The Cards

Parker: Future Cuts To Superannuation On The Cards

6 May 2009 - The National Government has given its clearest signal yet that superannuation entitlements will be cut in the future, Labour Associate Finance spokesman David Parker says.

Robertson: Bill's Secret Seven: The Consultants Strike Back

Robertson: Bill's Secret Seven: The Consultants Strike Back

6 May 2009 - Public servants facing the prospect of widespread job cuts will be dismayed to see consultants being paid $1500 a day to do Bill English's dirty work, Grant Robertson Labour State Services Spokesperson says.