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Family First: Govt Should Save $8m On Smacking Referendum

23 February 2009 - Family First NZ says that the government should save the taxpayer $8 million on a postal referendum and simply fix the anti-smacking law now.

Key: PM Marks Fitzsimons' Decision To Step Down

Key: PM Marks Fitzsimons' Decision To Step Down

23 February 2009 - Prime Minister John Key today paid tribute to Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, who has decided to step down from her leadership role after 14 years at the helm.

Greens: Fitzsimons To Pass Co-Leadership Torch In June

Greens: Fitzsimons To Pass Co-Leadership Torch In June

23 February 2009 - The Green Party's co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons announced today that she will step down from her leadership position in June.

Ryall: Voluntary Bonding Scheme For Doctors, Nurses And Midwives Announced - 100 Days Action

23 February 2009 - The government's voluntary bonding scheme to encourage young doctors, nurses and midwives to stay in the country was launched today.

Tolley: New Scheme Helps Schools Recruit

Tolley: New Scheme Helps Schools Recruit

23 February 2009 - The National -led government's response to Labour's legacy of teacher shortages was announced today by Education Minister Anne Tolley.

Carter: Vet Scheme Will Benefit Rural Communities

23 February 2009 - A scheme rewarding new vet graduates who choose to work in understaffed rural areas will benefit the practices they work at, and rural communities, says Agriculture Minister David Carter.

Worth: Commemoration Of 60th Anniversary Of NZ Citizenship

Worth: Commemoration Of 60th Anniversary Of NZ Citizenship

23 February 2009 - People from all walks of life - ranging from new migrants to eminent Kiwis - will today mark the 60th anniversary of New Zealand citizenship.

Wilkinson: Imported Ingredient Contaminated With Melamine Found In NZ

Wilkinson: Imported Ingredient Contaminated With Melamine Found In NZ

21 February 2009 - Melamine has been detected in an imported ingredient used to fortify food with iron in New Zealand, but consumers are not at any risk, says Minister for Food Safety Kate Wilkinson.

Groser: New Zealand And India Agree To Commence FTA Negotiations

Groser: New Zealand And India Agree To Commence FTA Negotiations

21 February 2009 - Trade Minister Tim Groser and his Indian counterpart, Kamal Nath, today agreed that New Zealand and India will launch bilateral Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

MPs Pay Tribute To 28th Maori Battalion Veterans

MPs Pay Tribute To 28th Maori Battalion Veterans

20 FEB 2009 - Labour leader Phil Goff and Maori Affairs spokesman Parekura Horomia today paid tribute to members of the 28th Maori Battalion who gathered at Putiki Marae for their annual reunion.