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Metiria wins while Bradford loses the battle for the Green Party co-leadership

Metiria wins while Bradford loses the battle for the Green Party co-leadership

Though Sue Bradford could not win the battle for the Green Party co-leadership, she is determined to remain working as a Member of Parliament. Ms. Bradford told this to her colleagues soon after the results were out.

Metiria Turei won the race for the new co-leader of the Green Party and soon when the announcement was made, Ms Bradford left the Greens conference.

Now Ms. Turei would replace outgoing co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, who is stepping down from the job after 14 years.

Crucial credit card data stolen; posted online

Crucial credit card data stolen; posted online

As per the media reports, data containing minute details of credit card was recently stolen, after which it was posted on a blog site. The stolen details include information of thousands of people, including many New Zealanders.

An Australian newspaper, which discovered the data online, reported that it included thousands of Visas, MasterCard and American Express numbers, including expiry dates, together with home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

Huge welcome to Primary investment funding

Agriculture and Forestry Minister David Carter

During yesterday's budget, government investment for primary industries was welcomed with wide open arms, in spite of criticism from some for a scrapped tax credit for research.

Whopping $190 million of funding was given to a new Primary Growth Partnership over the next four years, reaching $70 million a year when fully operating in 2012/13.

The industry would match the government investment that would lead in an annual investment of up to $140 million.

Staff not to be made redundant by Kawarau building firm

Staff not to be made redundant by Kawarau building firm

As per the media reports, 200 of about 500 workers would be employed by one of the country's largest building firms on the tormented $1 billion Kawarau Falls Station construction site at Queenstown.

According to Chris Hunter, chief executive of Hawkins Construction, despite receivership news which surfaced this week, no one was being made redundant. The firm has total workforce of 200 on the site.

Fruit and veggies lead food price rise

New Zealand

According to Statistics New Zealand's latest food price index fruits and vegetables are getting increasingly expensive even though the global recession saw a widespread fall in the prices of the commodities.

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