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Unease between Labour And Alliance - Labour has announced it will charge no
interest on loans while students are studying, and interest on repayments will only begin once a graduate begins earning above $25,000 a year. Fees will remain but the policy will eventually work towards a flat fee for all full time courses. But the measures come nowhere near what the Alliance has already promised, which is scrapping fees altogether, interest free loans and the introduction of a student allowance at doll levels. Any Labour/Alliance coalition government is bound to face wrangles over which elements of which policy would be adopted.

Anticipation Of More Raids On Militia - Yesterday 150 UNAMET troops and Blackhawk helicopters raided militia locations in the east of Timor island detaining 15 suspected militia members and confiscating weapons. The raids follow killings of independence supporters, including priests and nuns. The mission is reported as providing immediate support to hundreds of people and is expected to be repeated today.

Bradford Asks To Borrow Radios - Defence Minister Max Bradford is expected to ask for help to equip New Zealand peacekeepers, when he meets with the USA Defence Secretary William Cohen later this morning in Darwin.

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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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