AIDS Foundation gets money for Big Gay Out Festival

Wellington, February 3, 2019 The Health Ministry’s slashing of $200,000 from the AIDS Foundation’s budget has been overturned – a week out from Auckland’s Big Gay Out festival. ‘Ending HIV’ is the them of this year’s 20th Anniversary Festival. The Foundation was told late on Friday (February 1, 2019) that the Ministry had secured the funding previously removed from the…

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Government invests $100 million on Maori landowners

Venkat Raman Otamatea Marae, Kaipara, February 3, 2019 The Government will invest $100 million to unlock the economic potential of whenua Maori, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said this morning. They made the announcement in the presence of other Ministers, Members of Parliament, government officials and Maori leaders in the run-up to Waitangi Day…

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Another $30 million to fix Payroll System

Sourced Content Wellington, February 3, 2019 The cost of fixing a public sector Payroll System continues to increase. The underpayments, which date back to a 2004 change to the Holidays Act, came to light in 2016. The Ministry, which is responsible for enforcing labour laws, paid $1.9 million in November 2018 to current staff left out-of-pocket. Altogether, the Ministry of…

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Blue-Green Party is understandable but seems premature

Peter Dunne Wellington, February 3, 2019 The National Party’s delight earlier in the week at revelations that consideration was being given to the establishment of a ‘Blue-Green Party’ that could be a partner at future elections was as understandable as it was premature. It was understandable because National currently has no viable potential support partner, should it be in a…

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