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Lotto Boss Quits - The controversy over his $400,000 salary has proved too much. Lotteries Commission chief executive David Bale has resigned. In a statement released a few minutes ago David Bale says it is apparent that comments made by the Prime Minister show he does not have her confidence. He says he will work out a 90 day period as required by his contract. David Bale has thanked his family, friends, and staff for their support over the past 12 years. Yesterday the Government gave a ticking off to the State Services Commissioner for not telling it about the size of Mr Bale’s salary.

National Can’t Get Tax Cuts Through - Labour sees the collapse of the National Tax Talks as a vindication of Labour’s tax policy. National will now not put tax cut legislation before the House until after the election because it has failed to get the numbers. Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen says his party plans to raise tax on incomes over $60,000 to 39 cents in the dollar. This, he says, actually has more support.

Support For Striking Nurses - Striking nurses at Tauranga Hospital appear to have the public on their side, gauged by all the toots from passing motorists. The nurses are on strike until Friday morning in support of their pay claims. It’s a visual action with some wearing operating theatre gowns and many carrying placards.

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Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

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Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

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Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

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Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

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Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

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Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

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Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

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