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Collins: Specialist Prisoner Release Teams Will Improve Safety

Collins: Specialist Prisoner Release Teams Will Improve Safety

12 June 2009 - The establishment of specialist prison release teams will help prisoners reintegrate into society and improve the safety of the parole process, Corrections Minister Judith Collins says.

Twyford: Millions Sucked From Cities And Districts Under Flawed Super City Plan

Twyford: Millions Sucked From Cities And Districts Under Flawed Super City Plan

12 June 2009 - Research revealing hundreds of millions of dollars will be sucked from Auckland's cities and districts as a result of the Government's flawed Super City plan underscores why it must be revisited and the second tier strengthened, says Labour's Auckland Issues spokesman Phil Twyford.

Temporary Safeguard Authorities Reappointed

Temporary Safeguard Authorities Reappointed

Neil Plimmer and John Gilbert have been reappointed as Temporary Safeguard Authorities for three-year terms, Commerce Minister Simon Power said today.

Major Letdown For Overall Tourism Sector

Major Letdown For Overall Tourism Sector

Tourism Minister John Key's promise of a major announcement at today's Trenz 2009 conference, the tourism industry's biggest annual event, turned out to be a damp squib for the overall sector instead, says Labour Party tourism spokesperson Kelvin Davis.

Growing Numbers Of Swine Flu Cases Expected

Growing Numbers Of Swine Flu Cases Expected

"Growing numbers of confirmed cases of swine flu in New Zealand were anticipated and are no cause for alarm" says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

As at 2.30pm today there were 27 confirmed cases of swine flu.

Funding Confirmed For Safer Drinking Water

Funding Confirmed For Safer Drinking Water

The Health Ministry has allocated funding to drinking water improvement in the Far North, and Northland MP John Carter says it is timely and valuable to the area.

Kiwi Greens Relieved Bob Brown Will Stand Tall

Kiwi Greens Relieved Bob Brown Will Stand Tall

The Green Party in New Zealand has welcomed news that overwhelming public support has ensured that the Australian Green Party leader, Senator Bob Brown, will retain his seat in the Australian Federal Senate.

Mallard: Mallard Supports McCully And Key

Mallard: Mallard Supports McCully And Key

11 June 2009 - Government plans for the Auckland councils to help fund Rugby World Cup developments are being undermined by Rodney Hide's push for councils to stick to core business, says Labour's Rugby World Cup spokesman Trevor Mallard.

Key: Auckland Urged To Come To RWC Party

Key: Auckland Urged To Come To RWC Party

11 June 2009 - Prime Minister John Key has today urged Auckland leaders to unite in the interests of making the Rugby World Cup an event that will create legacy infrastructure for the region and the country.

Mackey: Minister Must Clarify Plans Around Council Housing

Mackey: Minister Must Clarify Plans Around Council Housing

11 June 2009 - Labour is calling on Local Government Minister Rodney Hide to spell out whether he considers council housing is a 'core service' for local government or not, says the party's housing spokesperson Moana Mackey.