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Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

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Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

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State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

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Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

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Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations
A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

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National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected
Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

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PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support
Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump
Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden
No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

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Make NZ Make Again: Greens Will Establish A Minister For Manufacturing
The Green Party announced today that it will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. The Minister will be inside Cabinet and have responsibility for the long-term interests of the manufacturing sector. More>>

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Cannabis Party: Treasury Figures On Cost Of Criminalisation
Figures released by Treasury prove the economic viability of The Cannabis Party's policy, while destroying the credibility of police claims about cannabis harms. More>>

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Green Party: Investigation Into Mental Health Facilities Shows Disarray
The Health Minister must urgently launch an inquiry into mental health services, after serious issues with the standard of care at mental health and disability facilities around the country were revealed today, the Green Party said. More>>

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Apparently He Means 'Years 0-8': Seymour Announces 4th Partnership Schools Application Round
“The continuing growth of this policy reflects the achievement of the eight existing Partnership Schools, and the strong levels of interest educators and community leaders are showing in the Partnership Schools model and what it offers students and their families,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

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Trust Directors: Urban Māori Win Case Against Te Ohu Kai Moana
The National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) and Te Waipareira Trust have succeeded in their claim over a $20 million trust set up for the benefit of urban Māori, meaning all directors of the trust must represent Māori who are not affiliated with an iwi. More>>

New Model: Carbon Tax Could Lower Emissions And Boost Economy
A carbon tax targeting emissions-intensive industries, along with a revamped Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), could boost economic growth, with the extra tax generated used to cut GST from 15 percent to 12.5 percent. More>>

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Budget Docs Release: ACC Sought $158mn In Budget 2016, Got $26.4mn
The Accident Compensation Commission requested an extra $158 million in funding for 2016/17 from the government ahead of Budget 2016, but Treasury instead recommended an interim payment of just $26.4 million be funded to tackle demographic changes, papers published by the government show. More>>

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Submissions Sought: Māori Party Joins Opposition Housing Inquiry
People who are homeless, those who were once homeless, those working with the homeless and concerned New Zealanders are being asked to share their experiences and solutions to this growing issue with the Cross-Party Homelessness Inquiry. More>>

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Scoop Satire: An Unexpected Bill
It’s been a bit confusing trying to follow the government’s priorities lately, so Scoop thought it was about time to catch up with our old mate Bill English and get the beltway insider skinny over a few beers. More>>

MPI: Prosecution Over Fishing-Related Albatross Deaths
The Ministry for Primary Industries is prosecuting a commercial fisherman in relation to the deaths of 38 albatrosses and is moving to put in place additional measures to help prevent further seabird deaths. More>>

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IWC Report; Unreported Dolphin Death: New MPI Investigation "Not Enough"
WWF: After increasing pressure from NGOs and the public, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has just confirmed that it will now investigate a Hector’s dolphin – whose death, in a fishing net, the Ministry has had video footage of for three years and has not been reported in the official records. More>>

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Biden: US Vice President To Visit NZ
Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the announcement that United States Vice President Joe Biden will make an official visit to New Zealand next week. More>>

Policy Launch: Labour Would Use NGOs To Cover Emergency Housing Shortfall
Labour Party leader Andrew Little has unveiled a new plank to the opposition party's housing policy, saying he would use non-government organisations to cover a shortfall in emergency housing that would almost treble the number of beds available. More>>

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Political/Birthday Parties: Labour’s 100th Birthday
The Party amalgamated a number of workers’ political groups, in Wellington on 7 July 1916, under the parliamentary leadership of Alfred Hindmarsh. Labour Party President, Nigel Haworth ... More>>

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Law Reform Anniversary: Wrongful Convictions For Being Gay Need To Be Overturned
Green Party MP Kevin Hague will today table a petition in Parliament calling for an official apology to, and pardon of, people convicted of consensual acts under anti-homosexuality laws that were overturned 30 years ago. More>>

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Not Closing: Alternative Site Sought For Redcliffs School
Education Minister Hekia Parata has set aside her interim decision to close Redcliffs School and discussion has been initiated on relocating the school to an alternative site in Redcliffs. More>>

Restoring Democracy, But Not Too Much: Kaipara Crown Manager Appointed
Associate Local Government Minister Hon Louise Upston has announced the appointment of Peter Winder as a Crown Manager. Mr Winder’s role will be to support the Kaipara District Council when it returns to a fully-elected Council following the 8 October local elections. More>>

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