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Key: Statement By PM And Maori Party Co-Leaders On Foreshore & Seabed Review

Key: Statement By PM And Maori Party Co-Leaders On Foreshore & Seabed Review

4 March 2009 - Prime Minister John Key and Maori Party co-leaders Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia welcome the review of the Foreshore and Seabed announced today which delivers on a central commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement between the National Party and the Maori Party.

Labour MP To Take Action On Cigarette Displays

Labour MP To Take Action On Cigarette Displays

4 March 2009 - The National Government has failed to deliver on a serious public health issue by refusing to legislate for the removal of tobacco displays says Labour Associate Health Spokesperson (Drugs and Alcohol) Iain Lees-Galloway.

Collins: Forgotten By Labour, Crime Bill Finally Passes Into Law

Collins: Forgotten By Labour, Crime Bill Finally Passes Into Law

A bill that is expected to deal a major blow to prisoners who run criminal businesses from behind bars has been passed into law after languishing under the previous government.

Carter: More NZ Firefighters Heading To Australia

Carter: More NZ Firefighters Heading To Australia

A second contingent of New Zealand firefighters will be farewelled on behalf of the Government by the Minister of Civil Defence John Carter at Whenuapai tomorrow.

The firefighters fly to Australia on March 4 to help contain the bushfires in the state of Victoria.

Ryall: Tobacco Display Ban Not On Government Agenda

Ryall: Tobacco Display Ban Not On Government Agenda

The Government has confirmed that it will not be introducing legislation to ban retail tobacco displays, at the moment.

A report from the Health Select Committee recommended new legislation to force retailers to have tobacco products stored out of sight.

Finlayson: Sir Douglas Graham Welcomed As Treaty Facilitator

Finlayson: Sir Douglas Graham Welcomed As Treaty Facilitator

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson today welcomed the appointment of former cabinet minister Rt Hon Sir Douglas Graham to facilitate a settlement of historical claims in the Tamaki-Makaurau region.

Laban: Labour Launches Interfaith Portfolio

Laban: Labour Launches Interfaith Portfolio

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has been appointed as Labour's spokesperson on interfaith issues

"This role is about linking in with the interfaith movements around the country and internationally, to build greater understanding and peace," Winnie Laban said.

Te Heuheu: Mauri Stone Laid At New Supreme Court

Te Heuheu: Mauri Stone Laid At New Supreme Court

3 March 2009 - A short, simple yet moving ceremony marking the customary laying of the mauri stone took place at the front steps of the new Supreme Court early this morning.

Heatley: Minister Announces New Limits For Lobsters

Heatley: Minister Announces New Limits For Lobsters

3 March 2009 - Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley has announced changes to the catch limits of four rock lobster stocks today.

Ryall: Letter Of Expectations To DHBs Released

Ryall: Letter Of Expectations To DHBs Released

3 March 2009 - Health Minister Tony Ryall says the new government's goal of better, sooner, more convenient health care for all New Zealanders will be sharply focused on improving hospital services this year.