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Buildings To Be Made More Energy Efficient
Novel Ways To Kill Varroa Mites
Three NZ Boats To Catch Toothfish
Heart Of The Nation
ACT Vs Mother Earth
Student Loans Problems Are Being Fixed
PM Talks To Farming Leaders
Relationship Property Law Backdown Welcomed
Careers Development Developments
What Our Ministers Are Up To This Week

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS
Business Confidence Dips
Expensive Plane Parts
Scoop Opinion: Mirror Mirror On The Wall….
Analysis: Labour Government Has Not Increased Economic Risk

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Buildings To Be Made More Energy Efficient

- Energy Minister Pete Hodgson today announced changes to the building code to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand houses and commercial buildings. See... Energy efficiency boost to building code [1] in the Parliament wire.




[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00271.htm


Novel Ways To Kill Varroa Mites

- Green Party Agriculture Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today said a new and novel technique to eradicate the Varroa Mite may have been overlooked and warrants further consideration. See... New Mite eradication method warrants another look [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00270.htm


Three NZ Boats To Catch Toothfish

- The Government will seek international agreement for up to three New Zealand vessels to catch toothfish in Antarctica's Ross Sea this summer, Foreign Minister Phil Goff and Minister of Fisheries Pete Hodgson announced today. See... Ross Sea toothfish [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00269.htm


Heart Of The Nation

- Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard today thanked all those involved in the Heart of the Nation report, saying it provides useful analysis and ideas for the government as it works with and for the cultural sector. See... Heart of the Nation Report [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00268.htm


ACT Vs Mother Earth

- The ACT Party is to target Jeanette Fitzsimons [1] and the Coromandel electorate, ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble said today.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00263.htm


Student Loans Problems Are Being Fixed

- Changes are being made to improve the processing of student loans for the next academic year, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Planned improvements to student loan processing [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00267.htm


PM Talks To Farming Leaders

- The PM today addressed the Federated Farmers National Council [1] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00266.htm


Relationship Property Law Backdown Welcomed

- National welcomes Margaret Wilson's back-down [1] on matrimonial property law, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00260.htm


Careers Development Developments

- Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey today celebrated the 10th anniversary of Career Services [1] with staff from around New Zealand attending a training session at the Central Institute of Technology. See also... Maharey Speech [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00256.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00257.htm


What Our Ministers Are Up To This Week

- Diaries for several Ministers can be viewed in the Parliament wire. See... Hon. Matt Robson [1] - Mark Gosche [2] , Pete Hodgson [3] , Jim Sutton [4] , Paul Swain [5] and Dr Michael Cullen [6] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00259.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00250.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00247.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00245.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00244.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00243.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

Business Confidence Dips

- The latest business confidence survey shows business confidence at similar lows to the recession in 1998. However the agricultural sector, currently in an upswing, was not included in the survey. Business analysts, Deutsche Bank [1] , say the figures represent evidence that business confidence is gradually recovering.
REACTION
- BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE - Economic Risks Increasing - Business Roundtable [2]
- MANUFACTURERS FEDERATION - - Confidence Continues To Decline For Manufacturers [3]
- RODNEY HIDE - Cullen Remains “In Denial” [4]
- BILL ENGLISH - English: Falling confidence hurts families [5]
- RICHARD PREBBLE - It’s Easy To Restore Business Confidence [6]
- WARREN KYD - Serious warning signs for manufacturing [7]
...Meanwhile Michael Cullen Makes An Effort - Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen [8] says he is currently making a concerted effort to speak directly with business people around the country.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00079.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00082.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00080.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00262.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00261.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00258.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00265.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00255.htm


Expensive Plane Parts

- Pressure is on the Government to give the green light to a $445 million electronic upgrade for the Air Force Orions. In a feature article Green MP Keith Locke backgrounds the issues. See... Defence at crossroads as Project Sirius looms [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00264.htm


Scoop Opinion: Mirror Mirror On The Wall….

- “Last year, while in opposition, the Alliance website ran a poll asking us who the worst Minister in the Government was.” For the latest On the Right column from Mike Heine see... On The Right: Who Is The Worst Minister? [1] in the Politics wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00068.htm


Analysis: Labour Government Has Not Increased Economic Risk

- It has been suggested that the policies of the new Government have increased the risk premium on NZ assets. However, it is difficult to find evidence of this. Writes David Planck for Deutsche Bank. See... 'Politics and NZ's risk premium' - Deutsche Bank [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00081.htm

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