John Key

New Zealand trade mission to India recognises STAAH for innovation and success

New Delhi [India], Oct.29 : John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has recently completed a trade mission to India, accompanied by his wife Bronagh Key.

The purpose of this visit was to promote bilateral trade and investment talks, strengthen political and economic relationships, and seek security and intelligence co-operation between New Zealand and India.

Also joining the Prime Minister was a high level delegation which included Members of Parliament and representatives of educational, cultural and business organisations. The three-day mission began on Tuesday 25 October in Mumbai and ended on Thursday 27 October in New Delhi.

New Zealand PM John Key assures Parents that Formula is Safe for Babies to Drink

New Zealand PM John Key assures Parents that Formula is Safe for Babies to Drink

Police shared that an anonymous blackmailer chose a different way to protest country's use of poisonous bait for pest control. The blackmailer threatened to poison infant formula in New Zealand and sent lacked dairy giant Fonterra packets of milk powder with pesticide.

Prime Minister John Key affirmed that the threat was nothing more than a trick. He has assured parents that formula does not pose any risk to babies. Police said that Fonterra and farming association Federated Farmers, both received anonymous letters in November.

Along with the letters, there were small packets of milk powder, which tested positive for a concentrated form of the agricultural pesticide 1080. This pesticide is used by the nation's conservation department to control pests.

John Key faces questions over Mighty River in Chile

John Key faces questions over Mighty River in ChileJohn Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand is on a visit to South America including Chile, where he faced questions over the decision to sell Mighty River Power. The Prime Minister is visiting the country with a business delegation that includes a representative of Mighty River Power.

Mighty River Power is believed to have a risky investment in Chile that is causing losses worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the company. The Prime Minister has a hectic schedule on the visit with a total number of 15 exhausting flights in 10 days.

New Zealand deficit-cut target gets tougher

New Zealand deficit-cut target gets tougherIt is believed that the government of New Zealand might be unable to meet its target of reducing the deficit and returning to surplus in the coming three years due to a higher than expected fiscal deficit.

According to the latest figures released by the government, budget deficit in the year to June 30 was 9.2 billion New Zealand dollars, which is higher than the NZ$8.4 billion expected by the government's Treasury department in May.

New Zealand and India Still Finalizing Agreement

New Zealand and India Still Finalizing AgreementNew Zealand Prime Minister, John Key hopes to finalize the proposal for free trade that is being made with India by March of next year. Key is on a three-day visit to India to finalize the process. He is hoping to have it signed by March 2012, but it will also depend on the agreement with India’s Prime Minister.

New Zealand leader will not meet Dalai Lama

New Zealand leader will not meet Dalai LamaWellington  - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will not meet the Dalai Lama during his scheduled visit to Auckland next month, a spokesman for the trust organising the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's programme, said on Wednesday.

"There can be only one reason for that, and that reason is China's political and economic influence in New Zealand either directly or indirectly," Neil Cameron, of the Dalai Lama Visit Trust New Zealand, said in a statement.

"The issue of human rights abuses in Tibet by China no longer concerns New Zealand governments."

New Zealand prime minister to visit Australia

New Zealand prime minister to visit Australia Wellington  - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will visit Australia from August 18-23, he told his weekly post-Cabinet press conference in Wellington Monday.

The official visit would include talks with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a speech to the Australia-New Zealand Leadership Forum and visits to Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.

Key said he would lead seven of his ministers in a joint cabinet meeting with their Australian counterparts.

New Zealand leader bows to pressure over legislators' expenses

New Zealand leader bows to pressure over legislators' expenses Wellington  - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key bowed to mounting pressure and agreed Tuesday to consider opening up the expenses of members of parliament to greater public scrutiny.

Key told reporters that he was recommending a committee with representatives of all parties in parliament should be formed to consider the issue.

New Zealand leader rules out arming police after murder

New Zealand leader rules out arming police after murder Wellington  - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key ruled out permanently arming the country's police force Monday despite the gunshot deaths of three officers in the last 12 months.

He told a news conference it was a legitimate debate following the fatal shooting of an officer in Napier last week, but said there were substantial risks in changing the force from being routinely unarmed while able to access weapons to deal with armed offenders.

Kiwi PM enters the Twitter world

Kiwi PM enters the Twitter worldWellington, Apr 24: After Oprah Winfrey, the latest celebrity to join in the craze of microblogging on Twitter is New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Till date, the NZ premier has posted five links to speeches and press releases, talking of things like the Government''s Job Support Scheme and an address to Grey Power.

"We''re still in the set-up phase, but I already have over 600 "followers". I''ll get more involved in future," The Press quoted Key as saying.

New Zealand leader protests "unacceptable" Afghan law on marital sex

New Zealand leader protests "unacceptable" Afghan law on marital sex Wellington  - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Monday that he was sending a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai protesting a law Karzai signed that decrees a wife is obliged to fulfil the sexual desires of her husband.

But he said at his weekly news conference that the law he earlier described as "abhorrent" would not colour his government's decision on whether to expand New Zealand's military commitment to Afghanistan

because they were different issues.

New Zealand minister reprimanded over conflict of interest

New Zealand minister reprimanded over conflict of interest Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key reprimanded one of his ministers on Monday and forced him to abandon some business ties over a perceived conflict of interest on a recent private trip to India.

Key told a news conference that Minister of Internal Affairs Richard Worth had resigned his connections with a company that is trying to attract Indian student pilots to train in New Zealand.

New Zealand will not cut immigration, leader says

New Zealand will not cut immigration, leader says Wellington  - New Zealand is not likely to follow Australia in cutting immigration to protect local jobs during the current recession, Prime Minister John Key indicated on Monday.

"New Zealand needs skilled migrants to grow," he said under questioning at his weekly news conference.

"We have a skills deficit and while that may abate slightly because of the downturn in the economy and growing unemployment, we still need to make sure we have got enough skills to grow our economy and develop further," Key said.

Fiji gets "passport to poverty," says New Zealand leader

Fiji gets "passport to poverty," says New Zealand leader Wellington  - Fiji military strongman Commodore Frank Bainimarama is delivering his country "a passport to poverty" with his refusal to hold democratic elections, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Monday.

"He needs to recognize that if he wants Fiji to progress and to be taken seriously by both the (British) Commonwealth and the Pacific Forum leaders he needs to demonstrate that he has got a willingness for democracy to be restored," Key told reporters at his weekly news conference.

Preity's date with NZ PM

preity-zintaThe actor was specially invited by the Prime Minister of New Zealand to spend a couple of hours with him

Preity Zinta is right now in New Zealand to watch the one-day series between India and New Zealand. But in the meanwhile, she was invited by their Prime Minister John Key for an evening reception. "I have just come out of the reception. It was really a pleasure meeting the man, who is so down to earth and I hear extremely popular," says Preity. Mr. John is young and extremely charming. They mostly discussed cricket.

New Zealand condemns attack on cricketers

New Zealand condemns attack on cricketersWellington  - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key condemned an attack Tuesday on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan as a "despicable terrorist act," saying all New Zealanders would be outraged by it.

"I am very concerned at this turn of events, where an international sports team has been targeted by terrorists," he said in a statement from his office in Wellington.

Key said he would be sending a message of condolence to the Sri Lankan government and the cricket team. (dpa)

Kiwi PM prepared to stop Black Caps tour of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, New ZealandWellington (New Zealand), Feb. 23 : New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has said that he is ready to halt the Black Caps tour of Zimbabwe.

The New Zealand cricket team are scheduled to play three one one-day internationals in the strife-torn African nation in July under the International Cricket Council''s (ICC) future tours programme.

The only way New Zealand Cricket (NZC) can avoid ICC sanctions is if Key orders the team not to tour.

New Zealand government announces stimulus package

New Zealand government announces stimulus package Wellington  - The New Zealand government announced Wednesday a 500-million-New-Zealand-dollar (about 260 million US dollars) stimulus package for the economy, which has been in recession for a year.

Prime Minister John Key, whose centre-right administration was elected in November, said a number of state housing, road and education sector projects would be accelerated in a bid to preserve jobs as the global financial crisis continues to impact on the local economy.

New Zealand to examine security agency caught spying on MP

New Zealand to examine security agency caught spying on MPWellington  - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key bowed Monday to calls to examine procedures of the country's top security agency after it was revealed that it had spied on opposition Green Party legislator Keith Locke.

Locke, a well-known left-winger whose parents were openly members of the Communist Party, said his Security Intelligence Service (SIS) personal file showed that spies had watched him from the age of 11 and continued to do so after he was elected as a member of parliament in 1999.

New Zealand prime minister's arm cast auctioned for 9,435 dollars

New Zealand Prime Minister John KeyWellington  - The plaster cast from New Zealand Prime Minister John Keys' right arm, broken after he fell down stairs at a Chinese New Year celebration, fetched
18,500.10 New Zealand dollars (9,435 US dollars) on an online auction concluded on Sunday.

Proceeds will go to a foundation started by Australian Fred Hollows to perform basic sight-restoring eye surgery for people in developing countries.

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