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Hawkins: Infrastructure 'Smoke And Mirrors' Game Confirmed

Hawkins: Infrastructure 'Smoke And Mirrors' Game Confirmed

12 February 2009 - Housing Minister Phil Heatley must explain why he told the public he was increasing the number of state houses being built this year to 519, when Housing New Zealand was appropriated the money to build 650 homes, says housing spokesman George Hawkins.

Goff: Drip Feed Approach Is Too Slow

Goff: Drip Feed Approach Is Too Slow

More evidence has emerged that National is off target with its approach to dealing with the economic downturn, Labour Leader Phil Goff said today.

Progressive Party: National Quietly Dumps Two Billion Dollar Fast Forward Fund

Progressive Party: National Quietly Dumps Two Billion Dollar Fast Forward Fund

12 February 2009 - National's demolition of the $700 million investment in primary sector innovation through the New Zealand Fast Forward fund has been completed in deafening silence.

Mapp: Defence Minister Visits Australian Counterpart

Mapp: Defence Minister Visits Australian Counterpart

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp flies to Sydney this afternoon for his first meeting with his Australian counterpart, Joel Fitzgibbon.

Brownlee: National Grid Upgrade

Brownlee: National Grid Upgrade

An accelerated work programme on the national electricity grid has been welcomed by the Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Transpower announced today a $50 million programme of work on the national transmission system.

Maori Party: Whanau Hold The Key To Educational Success

Maori Party: Whanau Hold The Key To Educational Success

11 February 2009 - The kaupapa Maori model of whanau involvement in education is benefiting Maori learners, and is something all New Zealanders could learn from, according to Associate Education Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

Mapp: Second Boeing Back At Whenuapai

Mapp: Second Boeing Back At Whenuapai

11 February 2009 - The Air Force's second Boeing 757 arrived at the Whenuapai air force base late today [Eds: 5.30pm Wednesday Feb 11] after modifications in the United States.

Greens: Go Forward On Electoral Reform Not Back

Greens: Go Forward On Electoral Reform Not Back

11 FEBRUARY 2009 - The Electoral Finance Act (EFA) helps keep big money out of politics and the National-led Government should retain more than just its rules on donation disclosures, the Green Party said today.

Greens: Stop Acting Like Muppets And Cancel All GE Trials

Greens: Stop Acting Like Muppets And Cancel All GE Trials

11 February 2009 - "The scientists off the Muppet Show, Dr Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker, would have more luck in containing a GE field trial than Crop and Food Research," said Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons.

Parker: Government Inaction Means Higher Unemployment In Otago And Southland

Parker: Government Inaction Means Higher Unemployment In Otago And Southland

11 February 2009 - For the second time in one week the National/Maori Party Government has turned its back on the South Island, Dunedin based Labour MP David Parker said today.