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22 July, 2014

Pork industry joins GIA biosecurity agreement

The Government and the commercial pork industry have committed to a partnership to strengthen biosecurity, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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18 July, 2014

More support for storm battered Northland

Further relief for Northland is on the way after Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) to help with the clean-up following the recent storms.

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17 July, 2014

Northlanders urged to take care when clearing storm damaged trees

Associate Minister Primary Industries Jo Goodhew is urging Northlanders to take extreme care when clearing windthrown trees, and to get in touch with the Ministry if they need safety tips.

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15 July, 2014

Medium scale adverse event declared in Northland

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has declared a medium-scale adverse event for the primary sector in storm-hit Northland.

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10 July, 2014

Manawatū-Whanganui growth study announced

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today announced a new growth study to help increase investment opportunities, employment and incomes in the Manawatū-Whanganui region.

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7 July, 2014

NZIF Annual Conference: ‘Tackling challenges and delivering value’

I was interested to learn that the NZIF was founded in 1927, as this country’s first tree planting boom really took off.

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3 July, 2014

Farm buildings to be exempt from assessment

Farm buildings are to be exempt from the requirements for assessments under the Government’s earthquake-prone buildings policy, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today.

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3 July, 2014

Clear, robust national standards for water quality

The Government has today announced clear, robust national standards for freshwater that will make a significant improvement to the way freshwater is managed.

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16 June, 2014

New $65m high-security biocontainment lab

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says a new $65m high-security biocontainment laboratory announced in Wallaceville today is another demonstration of the Government’s commitment to biosecurity.

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13 June, 2014

Minister congratulates Ahuwhenua Trophy winner

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has tonight congratulated Te Rua O Te Moko Ltd, the winner of the 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy Māori Excellence in Farming Award.

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13 June, 2014

New graduates strengthen biosecurity frontline

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says 29 new biosecurity graduates will further strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system, and help safeguard our primary industries from pests and diseases.

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12 June, 2014

Minister congratulates Precision Seafood Harvesting PGP programme

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today acknowledged the achievement of the Precision Seafood Harvesting Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme at the KiwiNet awards last night.

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11 June, 2014

Minister welcomes KPMG Agribusiness Agenda

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today welcomed the annual KPMG Agribusiness Agenda at the National Fieldays, noting the strong correlation between Government and industry priorities.

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9 June, 2014

Primary sector exports reach record levels

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says new figures released today show primary sector exports will reach record levels of $37.7b over the last year - around $1.3b more than previously forecast.

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6 June, 2014

Report into future forestry workforce welcomed

A report released today provides important information to help transform the forestry industry says Associate Primary Minister Jo Goodhew.

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6 June, 2014

Minister launches primary industries capability report

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today launched The Future capability needs for the primary industries in New Zealand - a report that forecasts the future workforce needs of the primary sector.

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5 June, 2014

$7m to assess irrigation viability in South Canterbury

A new funding agreement will investigate the viability of the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme for up to 40,000 ha in South Canterbury, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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5 June, 2014

Govt to undertake Bay of Plenty growth study

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today announced a new study to evaluate opportunities for increasing investment, employment and incomes in the Bay of Plenty.

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4 June, 2014

Use of blunt force on calves banned

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has confirmed the use of blunt force to euthanise calves will now be ruled out, except in unforeseen emergency cases.

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30 May, 2014

Govt Inquiry into WPC to conclude in November 2014

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye said today that they have received a letter from the Chair of the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Incident.

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30 May, 2014

Overseas experience to boost foot and mouth preparedness

A team of vets and animal industry representatives are heading to Nepal next week for first-hand experience in dealing with foot and mouth disease (FMD), Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

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28 May, 2014

New report shows PGP delivering major benefits

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the findings of an independent report into the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP), which estimates it will add $6.4 billion per annum to New Zealand’s economy by 2025.

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28 May, 2014

Speech to the B3 Better Border Biosecurity Conference

Today I want to talk to you about the importance of biosecurity to New Zealand, and the importance of scientific research to back it up.

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22 May, 2014

Proposal to speed up shark finning ban

A proposal to bring forward a ban on all shark finning to 1 October this year has been announced today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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20 May, 2014

GIA signing marks new era for biosecurity cooperation

The signing of the first ever Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed is a historic moment for biosecurity in New Zealand, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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20 May, 2014

Speech to the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) Deed signing ceremony with Kiwifruit Vine Health

Today is a very important day, and a long time in the making. This is the start of a new era of biosecurity partnership between the Government and industry.

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16 May, 2014

Government amends Climate Change Response Act 2002 to change forestry surrender obligations

The Government welcomes the passage of legislation amending the Climate Change Response Act 2002 so that only New Zealand Units (NZUs) can be surrendered by participants when deregistering post-1989 forest land from the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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15 May, 2014

Irrigation funding to help economy, environment

The Budget’s $40 million of new funding for irrigation projects will deliver economic and environmental benefits for New Zealand, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

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15 May, 2014

$26.5m over four years to protect kauri

The Government is investing $15.8 million of operating funding and $10.7 million of capital funding over the next four years to ramp up measures to protect New Zealand’s magnificent kauri forests from the dieback disease.

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9 May, 2014

EPIC challenge promotes careers in primary industries

An innovative new competition for Year 10 students helping to promote careers in the primary industries has been launched today by Education Minister Hekia Parata and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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