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Power: Government To Reform State Sector Procurement

Power: Government To Reform State Sector Procurement

11 June 2009 - Commerce Minister Simon Power today announced the Government's proposed reform of state sector procurement practice and policies.

Bennett: Youth Projects Get Funding Boost In The Regions

Bennett: Youth Projects Get Funding Boost In The Regions

11 June 2009 - More than $700,000 will be provided to eleven councils to help boost youth projects around the country, says Youth Affairs Minister Paula Bennett.

Smith: RMA Shake-Up Needed To Fix Late Consents

Smith: RMA Shake-Up Needed To Fix Late Consents

11 June 2009 - Changes in law and practice are needed to address the record number of late resource consents, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said today.

Dr Smith today released the two-yearly report on Local Authorities administration of the Resource Management Act.

Turia Welcomes Survey But Warns Against Complacency

Turia Welcomes Survey But Warns Against Complacency

Tariana Turia is pleased about the decline in cigarette smoking among year 10 students but Aotearoa still faces a smoking crisis, she says.

Mrs Turia said while today's release of the ASH Year 10 Survey was a good news story, it was by no means a great news story.

Government Invests $124 Million In Community Education

Government Invests $124 Million In Community Education

The National Government remains committed to Adult Community Education (ACE) and will continue to invest $124 million in these courses over the next four years, Acting Education Minister Bill English says.

Defence Minister Attending ISAF Meeting In Brussels

Defence Minister Attending ISAF Meeting In Brussels

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp is on his way to Brussels to discuss progress in Afghanistan with NATO and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) partners on Friday.

Government To Inject $30m Into Public Trust

Government To Inject $30m Into Public Trust

The Government has agreed to make a capital injection of $30 million to bolster Public Trust's capital base, Finance Minister Bill English and Justice Minister Simon Power announced today.

Joyce: Curran Scaremongering On Telecommunications Review

Joyce: Curran Scaremongering On Telecommunications Review

10 June 2009 - Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce says suggestions from Labour MP Clair Curran about the outcome of the government's review of the Telecommunications Act are nothing but scaremongering.

Finlayson: Support For Treaty Negotiations Boosted

Finlayson: Support For Treaty Negotiations Boosted

10 June 2009 - Groups negotiating historical Treaty settlements will get a boost in Crown funding to support their claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today at the national hui Te Kokiri Ngatahi ("Moving Forward Together").

Greens: Playground Contamination Shows Register Needed

Greens: Playground Contamination Shows Register Needed

10 June 2009 - The Green Party is calling for a national register of contaminated sites in the wake of the alarming discovery of extremely high levels of dioxin under a children's playground in Taranaki.