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Greens: Pay Freeze Will Only Intensify Recession

Greens: Pay Freeze Will Only Intensify Recession

28 January 2009 - A freeze on the minimum wage is the last thing our economy needs.

Calls by Business New Zealand for a nil minimum wage increase this year fly in the face of National's plans to pull our economy out of recession, Green Party Employment Spokesperson Sue Bradford says.

English: English Visits Australia To Discuss Global Economy, CER Progress

English: English Visits Australia To Discuss Global Economy, CER Progress

28 JANUARY 2009 - Finance Minister Bill English will visit Australia next week to discuss global financial developments and closer economic relations issues with senior politicians, central bank officials and business leaders.

Bringing the Wind

Bringing the Wind

With wind power firmly on the agenda for many council and national meetings, hearings and investigations it is important for us to understand its potential.

Sharples: MP Expresses Condolences To Naitoko Whanau

Sharples: MP Expresses Condolences To Naitoko Whanau

27 January 2009 - Tamaki Makaurau MP Dr Pita Sharples today expressed his deepest sympathies to the Naitoko and Fuimaono families on the tragic death of their son and mokopuna Halatau.

Groser: Trade Minister Travels To Switzerland, Germany And Belgium

Groser: Trade Minister Travels To Switzerland, Germany And Belgium

27 January 2009 - Discussions on the European Commission's recent decision to reintroduce dairy export subsidies will be high on the agenda as Trade Minister Tim Groser travels to Switzerland, Germany and Belgium from 28 January to 5 February 2009.

Chadwick: Southern Ocean Whaling Must Be Halted

Chadwick: Southern Ocean Whaling Must Be Halted

27 January 2009 - Labour Party Conservation spokesperson Steve Chadwick has welcomed moves that would stop the Japanese from whaling in the Southern Ocean.

McCully: NZ Backs Debate On Reducing Whale Kill

McCully: NZ Backs Debate On Reducing Whale Kill

New Zealand supports the debate at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) exploring ways of reducing the number of whales being killed, without endorsing any of the specific proposals being advanced, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said today.

Greens: Faster Solutions Needed For Housing Crisis

Greens: Faster Solutions Needed For Housing Crisis

27 January 2009 - New evidence of the housing affordability crisis means National must look harder and faster for solutions, including measures proposed by the Green Party.

Ryall: Moving Resources To The Health Frontline

Ryall: Moving Resources To The Health Frontline

27 January 2009 - Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the membership of a Ministerial Group to advise on improving the quality and performance of the public health system.

The Group is focussed on prompt action, and will complete its work and disband in six months.

Carter: Unique Achievement At Ngawha

Carter: Unique Achievement At Ngawha

Northland MP John Carter will open the expanded Ngawha Geothermal Power Station at the weekend (January 31).

Standing in for Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee as Crown representative at the occasion, Mr Carter said the expanded power plant represents a unique Northland achievement.