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Greens And Labour Steal National's Solar Policy

23 May 2008 - National's Environment spokesman Nick Smith welcomes Labour's adoption of National's policy on solar water heating systems to double the $500 grant to $1000 and to simplify the grant system, as announced today by the Greens.

Prostitution Report Ignores Community And Police Concerns

23 May 2008 - Family First NZ is labeling the report released today by the Prostitution Review Committee as biased, flawed, and failing to heed the concerns of the community and police.

Education Minister Should Meet Principals

23 May 2008 - Education Minister Chris Carter should be sitting down and talking to North Shore college principals about funding rather than conducting a spat with them through the media, says National Party Education spokeswoman, Anne Tolley.

Increase To Grants For Solar Water Heating

23 May 2008 - Government Spokesperson on Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Jeanette Fitzsimons, today announced changes to the solar water heating grants scheme for homeowners, including an increase to the grant from $500 to $1000.

Green Victory Over Maf For Clean Rivers

23 May 2008 - The Greens are claiming a significant victory in its campaign to clean up rivers and lakes after MAF was forced by the Greens to drop its opposition to a plan by Horizons Regional Council to make their rivers safe for swimming.

Meager Tertiary Concessions Fail Students Yet Again

23 May 2008 - Green Party Tertiary Education Spokesperson, Metiria Turei, has labeled the meager tertiary concessions in the 2008 budget as ridiculous.

Immigration: Ministers Answered 43 Questions On Corruption

21 May 2008 - "Labour Ministers claiming to be in the dark about corruption allegations at the Immigration Service have previously answered 43 questions about it," says National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith.

A Proper Process For Xenotransplantation

21 May 2008 - The Minister of Health David Cunliffe today reaffirmed that a proper and rigorous process is underway in consideration of the xenotransplantation application by Living Cells Technology (LCT).

Tanczos To Stay Till Election

21 May 2008 - Green Party MP Nandor Tanczos will remain in Parliament till the 2008 election.

"I had hoped that I might step down soon and allow Co-Leader Russel Norman to take my place before the election, however, that will not be possible," Nandor says.

Exodus Reaches 29-Year High

21 May 2008 - The number of people leaving New Zealand over a 12-month period has reached a 29-year high, says National's Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith.