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Gordon Campbell: NZ Budget 2015 - Show Us The Plan

From the outset, the slogan for yesterday’s Budget - “The Plan Is Working” – begged to be mocked. There’s actually a plan for the national economy? Who knew? And its been working for whom, exactly? Not for families in poverty, clearly. Supposedly, the social hardship package is the centre-piece of Budget 2015. Yet how could Finance Minister Bill English claim with a straight face to be doing anything significant about poverty – or income inequality – without making any changes to the economic settings that keep on generating it ? More>>

Budget 2015 Multimedia: Andrew Little At Te Papa - Post Budget Address

Francis Cook Reports: Andrew Little said today the Budget was not earth-shattering, but he made concessions regarding the government’s new policies on working for families and children in poverty. Little’s main issue with the Budget was that it lacked a clear strategy for dealing with lowering milk prices. He said the country will be left with a $7 billion hole from falling diary prices and Goldman Sacs expected prices to remain low for the next five years. More >> (See also.. Alastair Thompson's A Budget With Poverty At It's Heart )

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Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

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Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

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Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

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Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

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Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

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Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

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Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

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Harmful Digital Communication Bill Passes: Focus Must Be On Education
InternetNZ acknowledges the passage of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill into law this afternoon, and says that the sooner the education efforts at the heart of the legislation start, the better... More>>

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Family Violence: Increasing Reporting But Fewer Resolutions
“We are aware the Police have embarked on a significant programme of change in how they respond to family violence. The data suggests that adequate resourcing including investing in staff training, support and culture change will be required for this to be effective.” More>>

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Health: NZ Children Still Suffer Rickets From Lack Of Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation. More>>

Also GPs, Housing, Milk: PM Press Conference On The UN Security Council
In a press conference today the Prime Minister discussed the upcoming appointment of New Zealand to chair the UN Security Council. He said they would put pressure Asad in Syria and attempt to “jump start” negotiations between Israel and Palestine. More>>

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Speech: Bill English Explains NZ Government To Australia
Here I am part of a successful government, now into its third term and hopefully with more to come. I want to offer some thoughts tonight about the business of government, from a centre-right perspective. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Iraq Training
The IS control of the countryside in the likes of Anbar province is one reason why the training mission that New Zealand, Australia and the US have invested so much money and political capital is foundering so badly. More>>

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NYC Penthouse: Lavish MFAT Apartment Confirms Culture Of Extravagance
At the same time thousands of New Zealanders are being locked out of the property market, the Government is spending up on a lavish New York penthouse for its diplomats, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. More>>

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Peters: Maori Party Puts Future Of Maori TV In Jeopardy
“With senior staff resignations, some seeking legal advice, and serious reorganisation of programming without adequate explanation, Maori TV is in turmoil. Political interference, and political nepotism are a threat to any media organisation and particularly this organisation." More>>

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