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Minister Confirms Huge Risk To Future Of Community And Rural Housing

19 FEB 2009 - The Green Party has grave concerns for the future of community housing projects and the Rural Housing programme.

Time To Pull Stumps On Arsenic Herbicide

Time To Pull Stumps On Arsenic Herbicide

19 FEB 2009 - Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) to immediately halt the use of methylarsinic acid an arsenic based herbicide used on New Zealand sports fields. ERMA today confirmed it is reviewing this arsenic based herbicide.

Action Needed To Prevent Antarctic Tourism Disaster

Action Needed To Prevent Antarctic Tourism Disaster

19 FEB 2009 - Confirmation that passengers on a grounded tourist ship in Antarctica are safe is welcome news, but the accident highlights the need for stricter controls in the Southern Ocean, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said today.

National Can Correct Labour's S92a Mistake

National Can Correct Labour's S92a Mistake

19 FEB 2009 - The Government should stop the guilt upon accusation provisions in the Copyright Act from coming into force next week and allow a review of the draconian clauses in the Act, said Green MP Metiria Turei today.

Bill To Make RMA Processes Simpler, Cheaper, Quicker

Bill To Make RMA Processes Simpler, Cheaper, Quicker

19 FEB 2009 -The Government today introduced a Bill to the House that will cut through suffocating red tape for Kiwi homeowners, businesses and farmers while safeguarding the environment.

Massive Rise In Superbugs Alarming - Government Missing In Action

Massive Rise In Superbugs Alarming - Government Missing In Action

19 FEB 2009 - The Green Party revealed figures today showing a massive increase in infections caused by a particularly nasty superbug - Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE), a highly infectious organism resistant to almost all antibiotics.

Pacific People Need Strong Representation

19 FEB 2009 - Party politics should have been put aside in the best interests of Pacific Island people Labour Pacific Affairs spokesperson Luamanuvao Winne Laban says.

Greenpeace vs Whalers

Greenpeace vs Whalers

I recently wrote a blog about the Sea Shepherd and its righteous battle in the Southern Oceans.

Ryall: Health Minister Opens Country's Largest Renal Unit At Counties Manukau DHB

Ryall: Health Minister Opens Country's Largest Renal Unit At Counties Manukau DHB

19 February 2009 - Health Minister Tony Ryall has opened the country's largest renal unit at Manukau this morning. The new unit has 28 dialysis machines, which can deliver 17,000 dialysis treatments each year, and will be able to treat 112 patients on an ongoing basis.

Greens: National's Tenancy Law Changes Unfair And Poorly Timed

Greens: National's Tenancy Law Changes Unfair And Poorly Timed

19 February 2009 - National's plans to reverse changes to residential tenancy laws show a lack of balance and very poor timing.