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Obesity Rates Slowing But Work Needs To Continue

4 June 2008 - Obesity rates among New Zealand children remain static and the increase in obesity among adults has slowed according to survey results released today, said Associate Minister of Health Damien O'Connor.

School Gets Gold For Going Green

4 June 2008 - The latest recipient of the Enviroschools Green-Gold award was announced by Education Minister Chris Carter today at Beachlands School.

Obesity And Smacking Are Linked - Yeah Right!

4 June 2008 - Family First NZ is questioning why a government sponsored survey of obesity rates and related issues of exercise, tv watching, nutrition, fast food and drinking patterns has included a question on smacking.

Criticism Of Fonterra Misguided: Anderton

2 June 2008 - "The only sustainable and sensible way to help Kiwi households meet their food bills is to grow the economy and provide income assistance through better pay, more jobs and tax relief such as Working for Families," Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton said today.

Doc Reserve Contaminates Manawatu River

31 May 2008 - The Conservation Department (DoC), which has a statutory responsibility to preserve freshwater fish habitats, is helping contaminate the Manawatu River with dairy cows, Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman said today.

Green's Menu For Change Launches Food Revolution

31 May 2008 - Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today launched a Menu for Change - a basket of goodies designed to ensure New Zealanders have access to affordable, healthy food, in her speech to the Party's Annual Conference today.

Be Safe Be Seen This Queen's Birthday Weekend

One of the safest things people could do this weekend is drive with their headlights on said Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven.

"Driving with the headlights on greatly improves a vehicle's visibility to other road users.

Boys Education Failure Continues To Be Ignored

30 May 2008 - United Future deputy leader Judy Turner says that the education gap between girls and boys demands immediate action.

Australian Consumer Law Harmonisation Welcomed

30 May 2008 - Ministers at the Australasian Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA) meeting have agreed to significant reform of product safety and consumer policy in Australia and this has been welcomed by New Zealand's Consumer Affairs Minister, Judith Tizard.

Kedgley To Attend World Food Security Conference

Green Party Safe Food Spokesperson Sue Kedgley is attending the High Level World Food Security Conference in Rome next week, as a member of the New Zealand delegation.

"This will be a watershed conference, with up to 60 Heads of State and Government and a substantial NGO contingent.