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Labour Force Survey Reflects Stability In The Face Of Economic Challenges

8 May 2008 - The latest Household Labour Force Survey quarterly results shows that despite the global economic challenges, New Zealand's employment levels have remained stable over the last year, says Employment Minister Ruth Dyson.

Labour's Record: Longer Court Waiting Times

8 May 2008 - Waiting times for criminal trials and the number of outstanding cases in the High Court continue to increase at an alarming rate, says National's Associate Justice spokeswoman, Kate Wilkinson.

"Labour has well and truly missed the boat on addressing trial waiting times."

New Marine Reserve Off The Taranaki Coast

8 MAY 2008 - The establishment of the new Tapuae Marine Reserve off the Taranaki coast near New Plymouth was announced today by Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick.

Reach Media Paycuts Show Urgent Need For Legislation

8 May 2008 - Labour MP Darien Fenton says the actions of Reach Media in cutting the pay of their deliverers demonstrates the urgency of legislation to provide minimum wage protection for such workers.

Don't Use Shonky System To Rebuild Mt Eden

7 May 2008 - The Government should assure the public that the $216 million refurbishment of Mt Eden Prison will use a standard get-a-price-and-stick-to-it contract, and not use the disastrous CWA system, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

Random NCEA Sampling Too Late For Student Guinea Pigs

7 May 2008 - Today's announcement that Labour is finally adopting random sampling of NCEA marking is not only an admission of failure but comes at least seven years too late says National's Education spokeswoman, Anne Tolley.

Where Does National Stand On Super Cuts?

7 May 2008 - National is at the mercy of a secret slash and burn agenda because its leadership is too weak to rule out unacceptable policies such as today's CIS claim NZ Super will be slashed, Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton says.

Unanswered Questions Remain Over Toll Deal

7 May 2008 - Michael Cullen has left a huge vacuum of unanswered questions over his decision to squander $665 million of taxpayer money on a new train set, says National's Transport spokesman, Maurice Williamson.

No Reduction In Speed Limit Planned

7 May 2008 - The government is not proposing to cut the speed limit in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Associate Transport Minister Judith Tizard said today.

"This issue is definitely not on the table as far as the government is concerned" said Ms Tizard.

'Go Straight To The Police, Mr Rankin'

7 May 2008 - The Maori Party has dismissed as grossly irresponsible the behaviour of David Rankin from Northland in not reporting a serious crime.