ANDViolent crime has risen in the past calendar year, despite the Government's focus on law and order...
Police minister Judith Collins comments
She says methamphetamine and inter-generational welfare dependency are some of the factors behind the crime rate.
From May, transport operators can apply for a permit for vehicles to carry nine tonnes more than the current 44-tonne weight limit. Permits will be granted for heavier loads in specific instances.AND
The Government says allowing heavier trucks on the roads will increase gross domestic product by more than $150 million.
The legislation that will result in Canterbury's regional councillors being replaced with a panel of commissioners has been passed under urgency on Wednesday.AND
The law change allows for the appointment of the panel, which will have judicial and democratic oversight of the Canterbury Regional Council.
We've got to get away from this idea that somehow we have to protect one-third of New Zealand for a certain constituency and put it in a jar of formaldehyde and leave it." Mark Quickfall, managing director of Totally Tourism, an umbrella company for several tourism operations, said initially the "100 per cent pure" brand referred to the New Zealand experience rather than environmental purity.
"If we say it's 100 per cent pure [environmentally], we set ourselves up to fail," he said.
Whangarei MP Phil Heatley says he is glad he has been given a second chance to prove himself as a Cabinet minister.
Mr Heatley is to be reinstated, after resigning in February for misusing his ministerial credit card on several occasions.
I mean, really. When are the people of New Zild going to wake up to the fact that they live in a big factory? We need more roads, more mines, less oversight of local government and Ministers who are "creative" with their expense accounts.
The reason why it's a violent society is because YOU don't have a job and your dad didn't either.
This is all YOUR fault and if you weren't wacked out on drugs all of the time and had a job things would be better.
To make up for YOUR idleness and drug taking we are going to have to dig up the national parks to get some gold and such. FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.
With such high pressure work with so much at stake, it is not surprising that Ministers might slip up with the ole Credit Card now and again and we should allow them to rehabilitate themselves, it was for WINE, NOT DRUGS!!!