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Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

POLITICS HEADLINES:
Economy: Cullen Pledges To 'Prudently' Spend Increased Tax Take
Whangamata: Benson-Pope Give Marina The Green Light
Transport: $120 Million For New Lynn Trains
Pacific News: NZ Extends Military Deployment To Solomons -
Popularity Contests: Don Brash Interviews Are Agenda's Most Downloaded
Education: Schools Recieve A+ For Budgeting, Minister Accused Of Underfunding
Trade: Aussie Honey Imports Suspended Pending Hearing - How D'Ye Like Them Apples?
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Economy: Cullen Pledges To 'Prudently' Spend Increased Tax Take

Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen played down expectations of personal tax cuts today when talking with the media about where the Government intended investing a better than expected tax take. Dr Cullen pointed out that some of the boosted tax take would be needed to fulfil the confidence and supply agreement with United Future to review business tax. The ever-expanding health budget was also a likely source for some of the expanded tax take. See... Cullen Espouses More Fiscal Discipline [1]
ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - New Zealand economy proves resilient [2]
  • Green Party - Climate change inaction leaves economic hole [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00271.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00388.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00390.htm


    Whangamata: Benson-Pope Give Marina The Green Light

    The Government’s backdown on the Whangamata Marina decision is a victory for Kiwi battlers who took on an arrogant Government and won, say National Conservation spokesman Nick Smith and Coromandel MP Sandra Goudie. “This is an incredibly embarrassing backdown for Labour on one of the major controversies of the year,” says Dr Smith. See... Marina decision embarrassment for Labour [1]
    ALSO:

  • Whangamata Marina Society - A long battle but blue skies at last [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00385.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00240.htm


    Transport: $120 Million For New Lynn Trains

    Government funding has been confirmed for a multi-million dollar revamp for New Lynn rail station and full trenching of a twin-tracked rail line through central New Lynn. Finance Minister Michael Cullen has approved $120m for the grade separation option for the New Lynn rail station, complementing funding commitments from Waitakere City Council and the Auckland Regional Transport Authority. See... $120 m New Lynn transport upgrade [1]
    ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - Construction to start this week on Bell Block [2]
  • NZ Govt - West Coast Arahura Bridge to be replaced [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00375.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00389.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00342.htm


    Pacific News: NZ Extends Military Deployment To Solomons -

    Prime Minister Helen Clark and Acting Defence Minister Annette King today announced that New Zealand's deployment of up to 50 defence personnel to the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands has been extended until March 2008. New Zealand has maintained an enhanced military presence in Honiara since the riots there in April. New Zealand also has 35 police officers in the Solomon Islands. Image by Jason Dorday. See... New Zealand extends Solomon Islands deployment [1]
    ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - NZ Contributes to Mid-East Peace [2]
  • NZ Defence - Defence to send specialist force to Lebanon [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00365.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00337.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00217.htm


    Popularity Contests: Don Brash Interviews Are Agenda's Most Downloaded

    Retired National Party leader Don Brash was the most downloaded video stream on the “Agenda” web site this year. His three interviews on the Saturday morning TVOne show drew 2324 downloads, closely followed by NZ First leader Winston Peter’s three interviews which attracted 2308 downloads. See... Most Downloadable Politician [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00239.htm


    Education: Schools Recieve A+ For Budgeting, Minister Accused Of Underfunding

    A Ministry of Education review of schools' operational funding released today shows schools are managing their finances well, says Education Minister Steve Maharey. The year-long review, which reflects input from nine education sector groups, looks at how schools manage competing demands on their operational funding, given changes in education funding over the last decade. See... Review shows schools managing finances well [1]
    ALSO:

  • NZEI - Reviews: Schools Squeezed by Pressure Points [2]
  • NZ Principals' Federation - NZPF reacts angrily to Minister’s comments [3]
  • PPTA - Time to get more money into classrooms [4]
  • NZ School Trustees Association - Trustees’ school funding concerns confirmed [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00383.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0612/S00056.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0612/S00057.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0612/S00058.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0612/S00055.htm


    Trade: Aussie Honey Imports Suspended Pending Hearing - How D'Ye Like Them Apples?

    National Beekeepers Association successful bid to suspend honey imports Last Friday, the National Beekeepers Association applied to the Wellington High Court for an interim order stopping the importation of Australian honey and other bee products. The Court's decision has been in favour of the Association. MAF's Import Health Standard, which permitted the resumption of Australian imports after more than 50 years, has been suspended pending the Association's challenge to its legality. See... Successful bid to suspend honey imports [1]
    ALSO:

  • Biosecurity Council - Australian honey imports temporarily suspended [2]
  • National - Import health standard, not as sweet as honey [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00362.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00232.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00386.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - Oil reserves target met [1]
  • National - Forestry sector deserves proper representation [2]
  • National - Import health standard, not as sweet as honey [3]
  • National - Govt closes off disabled care for festive season [4]
  • Greens - Govt purchases fail green business, sustainability [5]
  • Maori Party - Prison Health Survey Welcomed by the Maori Party [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00381.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00387.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00386.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00382.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00379.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00378.htm


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