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Government Too Soon With Giveaway Funds - The Government has denied it has stepped in too early with a bail-out plan for the Gisborne millennium concert. The collapse of the show including David Bowie and Split Enz has prompted to inject $1 million of tax payer funds for a free concert with Dame Kiri TeKanawa and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The Gisborne organisers are complaining that their event is still not dead and buried. Millennium Minister Murray McCully says a plea by the Gisborne mayor for Government assistance for the event prompted the approval of funds.

Southland Blaze Under Control - Southland fire fighters are finally gaining control of a blaze in Mataura which has been blazing for more than three hours. Fire fighters from as far away as Invercargil were called to help fight the fire. The cause of the explosion which ignited the blaze is under investigation.

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Gordon Campbell: On The Claims About The CPTPP

As a Tufts study usefully explained, some of the basic mechanisms of the original TPP (and the CCTPP is not radically different in this respect) would – in practice – contribute to income inequality, by further tilting the existing imbalance between those reliant on profit-taking as a source of income, and those reliant on wages...

Under the original TPP deal, the Tufts team estimated, 5,000 jobs would have been lost across New Zealand. More>>

 

22/2: Earthquake Memorial Service In Christchurch

"The theme of this year's service, 'Keeping their dreams alive" helps us look back at all that we've lost with a sense of hope and aspiration for the future,'' says the Mayor. "It also helps us to recall all those who came to our rescue and those who offered support at our time of need and what that meant to us." More>>

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Submissions Closing: Mangroves Bill 'Designed To Bypass RMA'

Forest & Bird is releasing emails which show the Mangroves Management Bill is intended to completely override the safeguards of the Resource Management Act (RMA). More>>

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Percieved Transparency: New Zealand #1 Least Corrupt Public Sector In The World

New Zealand's public sector is ranked the least corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released globally today. More>>

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Reviews: Three-Year Work Programme For Education

The work programme includes the NCEA review, a review of Tomorrow’s Schools, developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy, a continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners, an action plan for learning support, an early learning strategic plan, a comprehensive review of school property. More>>

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