With the odds overcome, Manapouri's Ruth Shaw was overjoyed at yesterday's Government decision to refuse the Fiordland monorail.
Te Anau people should be crying - not cheering - over yesterday's government decision rejecting the idea of a $240 million Fiordland monorail, its backer says.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith says he is surprised by Associate Prof Abby Smith's negativity.
Construction of the Milford Dart tunnel would not cost Fiordland its World Heritage status, Conservation Minister Nick Smith said yesterday.
Nick Smith, tipped to return to the Cabinet after resigning early this year as a result of the Bronwyn Pullar scandal, stands by the hard line on long-term ACC claimants which Ms Pullar says prompted her to go to the media over a huge privacy breach.
With a shaking voice, National MP Nick Smith today announced his resignation from Cabinet in a statement to Parliament.
The decision by Local Government Minister Nick Smith to resign his portfolios, hours after meeting southern mayors in Dunedin, may throw the timetable for local government reforms into doubt.
Forget any distinction between resigning and being sacked. Had Nick Smith not fallen on his sword yesterday, one would have fallen on him fairly promptly.
John Key's Government yesterday sustained its most significant casualty to date with the loss of senior Cabinet minister Nick Smith, who resigned over his interference in an ACC claim by his friend and National Party activist Bronwyn Pullar.
Every man, woman and child in Dunedin will owe $2732 when Dunedin City Council debt peaks at a gross figure of $344 million.
The Government is ready to support the cleanup of Southland's Waituna Lagoon but the regional council, farmers, environmentalists and iwi will have to work together to reverse declining water quality, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.
ACC Minister Nick Smith says an "improved performance" by the corporation means levies could be reduced in future but Labour and the Greens says that money was saved by slashing support for accident and abuse victims.
The Government has pledged to halve New Zealand greenhouse gases emissions from 1990 levels by 2050 but the promise has been labelled inadequate by environmentalists.
The ACC system is being clogged up with surgery claims that have no hope of succeeding because of private insurance company requirements, ACC Minister Nick Smith says, as he dismissed the idea of an independent review into claims.
The latest National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research report on the state of our lakes bears disappointing tidings.
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) wants to increase levies but the Government has all but ruled that out.
ACC has handled the issue of counselling for sexual abuse victims badly, ACC Minister Nick Smith says.
Feeling the financial pinch from the emissions trading scheme? Didn't think so.
Nelson MP Nick Smith says he is "delighted" a $15 million defamation lawsuit against him has been settled out of court.
Households can more than offset the cost of the Government's emissions trading scheme (ETS) and still get benefits from tax cuts, but Minister for Climate Change Nick Smith admits the Government now needs to get that message out.