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October 1 Marks Tax Cuts And Much Much More

Wellington, Sept 30 NZPA - Tax cuts, changes to policing laws and new fishing rules are part of a raft of changes to laws and regulation coming into force from tomorrow.

SSC Report Into Immigration Service To Be Released On Friday

Wellington, Sept 30 NZPA - A report into the Immigration Service is to be released by the State Service Commission (SSC) on Friday.

The report is one of a series into the service after it was hit by a series of scandals.

Ministers Criticise Contact Decision To Hike Power Prices

Wellington, Sept 30 NZPA - The Government is to scrutinise Contact Energy's decision to hike power prices by 10 percent or more.

Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel and Energy Minister David Parker said they would raise the issue with Cabinet and seek a broad inquiry.

Nats Promise 200 Extra Medical Training Places

By Grant Fleming of NZPA

Wellington, Sept 30 NZPA - National is promising to tackle New Zealand's doctor shortage by boosting the number of medical student places by 200 a year.

Brownlee: Labour Embarrassed By Power Price Record

Brownlee: Labour Embarrassed By Power Price Record

National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee says a statement from two senior Labour Ministers on power prices today is a damning indictment on the current Government's cynical approach to the 2008 election.

Police Assoc Shouldn't Justify Excessive Violence: Greens

Police Assoc Shouldn't Justify Excessive Violence: Greens

Green Party MP Keith Locke says the Police Association should not be justifying the excessive use of pepper spray in police cells.

Norman: Nat's RMA Reforms Endanger Environment: Greens

Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman says the National Party's plans to reform the Resource Management Act are a misguided 'business-first, community-second, environment-last' policy.

NZDF Officer To Remain In Iraq For Another Year

Wellington, Sept 30 NZPA - The New Zealand Defence Force will continue to offer the services of an officer to the peacekeeping mission to Iraq for another year.

Ryall, Tolley: More Smart Solutions To Health Workforce Crisis

Ryall, Tolley: More Smart Solutions To Health Workforce Crisis

A National-led Government will lift the number of funded medical student places by a further 200 students over five years, Health spokesman Tony Ryall and Education spokeswoman Anne Tolley announced today.

Chinese Trade Deal Means More Food Safety Concerns: Greens

Chinese Trade Deal Means More Food Safety Concerns: Greens

Food safety concerns can only grow with the start of New Zealand's preferential trade deal with China tomorrow, says the Green Party.