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NZ Joins Multilateral Investment Guarantee Organisation

20 May 2008 - New Zealand has become a full member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), an arm of the World Bank, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today.

Clark Tries To Isolate Ministers From Inquiry

19 May 2008 - National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says the public will want to know why Helen Clark failed to mention ministerial involvement in the brief she's given the Auditor General to investigate issues around the Immigration Service.

Youth Court Information Resources Improved

19 May 2008 - Courts Minister, Rick Barker has today launched a set of new information resources, developed to ensure that all people who interact with Youth Court are aware of the court process and what to expect.

National Won't Cut Corners On Ets At Kiwis' Expense

18 May 2008 - National wants to get the emissions trading scheme right and is not prepared to cut corners when kiwis' financial security is at risk, National Party Leader John Key told the party's Lower North Island conference in Wellington today.

Bribery, Theft, Fraud, Corruption - No Business Of Ministers

16 May 2008 - National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith is confident that Ministers in the Labour Government will try to wash their hands of more serious questions levelled at the Pacific branch of the Immigration Service.

Peters Has It All Wrong On Racing

16 May 2008 - Last night's Budget announcement that the taxpayer will put $9 million dollars into prize money for premier racing over the next three years shows how skewed the Government's approach to racing has become, Green Party Racing Spokesperson Sue Bradford says.

Appointments To The Foundation For Research, Science And Technology Board

16 May 2008 - The Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Pete Hodgson, has announced two new appointments to the Board of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology - the main government funding body for science and technology.

NZ Gives Aid To China After Quake

16 MAY 2008 - New Zealand is giving $500,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to assist victims of the Sichuan earthquake, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.

$35m Shared Equity Pilot Funded In Budget 2008

16 May 2008 - Budget 2008 will fund a two year Shared Equity pilot to assist up to 700 households into starter homes, Housing Minister Maryan Street announced today.

Households Vital For Ets And Biofuels

16 May 2008 - UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the party's future support of both the Emissions Trading Scheme and the biofuels legislation currently before Parliament hinge on the issue of the impact on household budgets.