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Criminal Procedure Bill Gets A Kickstart

6 June 2008 - Courts Minister Rick Barker has welcomed the National Party's decision to support the Criminal Procedure Bill and is now looking forward to the Bill moving through the final stages as quickly as possible.

Shark Photos Prove Finning Alive And Well In NZ

Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei is calling on the Minister of Fisheries to ban the barbaric practice of shark finning, and put New Zealand law in line with that of other developed countries.

Parents De-clawed By Rights Culture And Law Changes

6 June 2008 - Family First NZ says that the case of a Bay of Plenty couple feeling they could do nothing to stop their teenager growing dope in the bathtub of the family home is indicative of how powerless parents are feeling in their role.

Vital To Show Leadership In Confronting Climate Change

Climate change is the Issue of our Generation and it's vital that politicians show leadership when confronting this challenge, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

Labour Bullies Watchdog On Brochures

Papers released under the Official Information Act reveal Labour attempted to bully electoral watchdogs over the controversial tax-funded brochure which is now the subject of a police inquiry.

What To Expect In Electricity Crisis Campaign

National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee says with a likely electricity crisis campaign due to be announced next week, consumers can probably expect incentives for savings and televised advice on how to get through.

No Proposal For Hutt Valley DHB To Use Theatres In Wellington

5 June 2008 - Minister of Health David Cunliffe today confirmed there is no proposal for Hutt Valley DHB to use theatre space at Capital and Coast DHB.

"This proposal has always been and remains a proposal to redevelop Hutt Valley Hospital."

Federated Farmers Declines Mystery Creek Debate About Water

5 June 2008 - The Green Party is trying to set up a face-to-face public debate with Federated Farmers over water issues, but has failed to get the federation to agree on a time and venue so far.

Will Minister Confirm Power Plant Breakdown?

Industry sources have told National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee that the Otahuhu B power station is being shut down for at least four days while repairs are carried out on a boiler tube.

Ag Flags Wider Concerns About Public Sector

4 June 2008 - National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee believes it is significant that the Auditor-General has signalled a very broad inquiry into integrity within the public service, that will include questions about what Ministers knew and when.