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National Will "Cut" Not "Cap" Public Service Jobs - Labour

National Will "Cut" Not "Cap" Public Service Jobs - Labour

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has confirmed National's policy to cap public service has been thrown out the window, Labour State Services spokesperson Grant Robertson said today.

Tolley: Early Childhood Education Consultation Begins

Tolley: Early Childhood Education Consultation Begins

17 February 2009 - Education Minister Anne Tolley today released the public consultation document initiating the review of early childhood education regulations.

The review of Labour's Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 was announced in November by Mrs Tolley.

Greens: Job Destruction At MSD One Week Before Summit A Shocker

Greens: Job Destruction At MSD One Week Before Summit A Shocker

17 FEBRUARY 2009 - Confirmation today that the Government plans to cut at least 500 jobs from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is a shocker.

Greens: Officials Say RMA Changes Undermine Rights

Greens: Officials Say RMA Changes Undermine Rights

17 FEBRUARY 2009 - The Green Party is calling on the Government to rethink proposed changes to the Resource Management Act after leaked Cabinet advice reveals that they are an assault on fundamental rights of New Zealanders.

Twyford: Brownlee Short-Sighted About Auckland Games Study

Twyford: Brownlee Short-Sighted About Auckland Games Study

17 February 2009 - Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee's decision to can a $500,000 study into the feasibility of Auckland staging the 2018 Commonwealth Games is incredibly timid and short-sighted, says Labour's Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford.

Groser: Trade Minister Travels To India And Thailand

Groser: Trade Minister Travels To India And Thailand

17 February 2009 - Trade Minister Tim Groser departs today for India and Thailand where he will progress New Zealand's trade priorities and discuss international climate change issues.

Family First: Boot Camps For Families

Family First: Boot Camps For Families

17 February 2009 - Family First NZ says that the proposed 'boot camps', monitoring, and Youth Court residential sentences proposed by the government will only work if the parents and families of young offenders are included in the process.

Boot Camps Won't Reduce Youth Offending

Boot Camps Won't Reduce Youth Offending

National's boot camp plans do little to address the underlying causes of youth offending and will fail to tackle the issues confronting the struggle streets John Key promised to eradicate, says Labour social development spokesperson Annette King.

Greens Call For DoC Independence To Be Protected

Greens Call For DoC Independence To Be Protected

The Government should let the Department of Conservation (DOC) stick up for our environment as it is legally required to do, Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei said today.

Funding To Boost Early Childhood Education

Funding To Boost Early Childhood Education

Education Minister Anne Tolley today announced funding to assist 14 childhood education groups across the country. The grants will make more than 500 new early childhood places available.