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Cabinet Manual Guided PM’s Defamation Payout - Wilson
New National Park On Stewart Island
Public Consultation On Insolvency Law
RMA Committee’s Work Welcomed
My Motion Was Not Trivial, Says Mark
Takeovers Bill Code Passed
Govt Services To The Heartland
Southland Hospital Gets Nod
Select Committees This Week

POLITICS FROM TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
TVNZ News Staff Public Comments “Regrettable”
Terralink Sold To NZ Consortium
Yelash Defamation Costs Belong To Helen
Mates Rates Deal For Tama Iti’s Driveway
IHC Effects Change To Compulsory Care Bill

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Cabinet Manual Guided PM’s Defamation Payout - Wilson

- The Attorney General, Margaret Wilson says the Crown's actions in the case of the defamation action against the Prime Minister were at all stages guided by the provisions of the Cabinet Office Manual. See... Attorney General's statement on defamation action [1] . ACT says Helen Clark should personally pay the $55,000 agreed to in an out-of-court settlement with John Yelash, and all other costs associated with the defamation cass. See... Clark Should Pay Defamation Costs Herself [2]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00268.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00252.htm


New National Park On Stewart Island

- Conservation Minister Sandra Lee has announced on Stewart Island today in the presence of Prime Minister Helen Clark that the Government has accepted a recommendation by the NZ Conservation Authority to create the country's 14th national park. See... Rakiura National Park Announced For Stewart Island [1] REACTION: - Forest & Bird - Establishment Of Rakiura National Park [2] - Greens - Greens Applaud National Park For Stewart Island [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00264.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0105/S00036.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00261.htm


Public Consultation On Insolvency Law

- The Ministry of Economic Development has kicked off public consultation on the second and final part of the government's review of insolvency law, Associate Commerce Minister Laila Harré announced today. See... Gov Consults On Stage Two Of Insolvency Law Review [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00263.htm


RMA Committee’s Work Welcomed

- The Minister for the Environment welcomes the Local Government and Environment Select Committee's report on the Resource Management Amendment Bill. See... Minister Welcomes RMA Committee's Work [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00259.htm


My Motion Was Not Trivial, Says Mark

- Ron Mark, New Zealand First MP from Rangiora said today he was saddened and perplexed as to why Labour’s Michael Cullen and Rick Barker refused his efforts to move a members Notice of Motion which sought to congratulate Doctor Terry Ryan for having been awarded an honourary doctorate by Lincoln University. See... Labour Refused Recognition Of Ngai Tahu Award [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00258.htm


Takeovers Bill Code Passed

- Commerce Minister Paul Swain has welcomed the passage of the Takeovers Code (Implementation and Enforcement) Bill saying it is essential for the Takeovers Panel to be able to do its job. See... Takeovers Code Bill Passed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00257.htm


Govt Services To The Heartland

- Government services are being brought closer again to people in rural areas with the opening of Heartland Services centres across provincial New Zealand, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey and Minister for Rural Affairs Jim Sutton. See... Government services for rural New Zealand boosted [1] and Putting the heart back into rural New Zealand [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00256.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00255.htm


Southland Hospital Gets Nod

- Health Minister Annette King has given the go-ahead for the building of a new hospital in Invercargill. See... Go-ahead for new hospital for Southland [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00254.htm


Select Committees This Week

- The Government Communications Security Bureau Bill was referred to the Intelligence and Security Committee. This committee is not a select committee. See... Select Committee Business 4 - 11 May [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00265.htm

POLITICS FROM TOP SCOOPS

TVNZ News Staff Public Comments “Regrettable”

- This afternoon TVNZ News and Current Affairs staff met to discuss their concerns about the comments attributed to the Chairman, Dr Ross Armstrong, in the Independent this week. See... Media Release from TVNZ On Armstrong Comments [1] MORE: - Govt- Minister Reassures TVNZ Staff [2] - ACT - Hobbs Must Reassure TVNZ News Staff [3] - Greens - TVNZ Charter Should Support Independent News [4] - Nats - Heavy-Handed Political Interference In TVNZ [5] - NZ First - Way To Go Ross [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0105/S00057.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00267.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00249.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00219.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00200.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00230.htm


Terralink Sold To NZ Consortium

- Terralink's receiver, Gary Traveller, announced today that the receivers have accepted an unconditional offer from a New Zealand-based consortium to buy the assets of Terralink. Decision Made On Terralink Sale [1] and Terralink Stays In New Zealand Ownership [2] REACTION: - Nats - Workers Last In Line Over Teralink Sale [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0105/S00089.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0105/S00090.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00262.htm


Mates Rates Deal For Tama Iti’s Driveway

- “Using $330,000 of Conservation funds to rebuild the road to nowhere is a mates-rates deal for Tama Iti and an abuse of powers by the Minister of Conservation,” National's Conservation Spokesperson Nick Smith said today. See... Mates rates for road to nowhere [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0105/S00251.htm

IHC Effects Change To Compulsory Care Bill

- IHC is pleased to see its concerns over legislation, which could have led to people being detained without having committed a crime, have been listened to. See... Changes To Compulsory Care [1] and Rights Of Intellectually Disabled People Protected - HRC [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0105/S00030.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0105/S00035.htm


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