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24 November, 2014

Government Inquiry into Smith / Traynor escape established

State Services Minister Paula Bennett has today released the draft Terms of Reference for the Government Inquiry into matters concerning the escape of Phillip John Smith / Traynor.

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24 November, 2014

DHBs roll out new national maternity IT system

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the rollout of a new national IT system aimed at improving the quality of maternity care for women and their babies.

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23 November, 2014

Draft foreign fighters legislation released



Prime Minister John Key today released the final draft of legislation which addresses the rising threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.



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23 November, 2014

Health professionals keen to join Ebola fight

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there has been a high level of interest from New Zealand health professionals wanting to join international efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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22 November, 2014

Minister to undertake Perth engagements

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce travels to Perth today for a short series of engagements.

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21 November, 2014

Orion to remain in Gulf to support ongoing operations

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion aircraft will remain in the Gulf region for another 12 months to provide ongoing support to regional maritime operations.

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21 November, 2014

Border wait reducing from 24-hours to minutes

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says from early next year traders will be able to register directly with the Joint Border Management System (JBMS) to manage their own information online in real time.

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21 November, 2014

NZ and China confirm research agreements

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today welcomed the confirmation of three research collaborations with China.

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21 November, 2014

Aus/NZ Govt Procurement Agreement reaffirmed

The New Zealand and Australian governments have today re-confirmed their commitment to a single competitive procurement market with the signing of the Australia and New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement (ANZGPA), Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

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21 November, 2014

$550,000 for international Golden Oldies event

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced a Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) investment of $550,000 for an international Golden Oldies event to be held in Christchurch in 2018.

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21 November, 2014

Minister welcomes vote for new teaching roles

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the vote of secondary teachers in favour of new roles being added to their collective agreement.

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21 November, 2014

Minister congratulates sports media winners

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman paid tribute last night to the country’s top sports journalists, broadcasters and photographers at the annual Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards.

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20 November, 2014

Investment help for mid-range companies

A Government service to help businesses raise capital and accelerate their international growth is turning its focus to the investment needs and opportunities of highly innovative firms and mid-range companies valued at up to $25 million.

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20 November, 2014

Joint Statement between New Zealand and the People’s Republic of China on the Establishment of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

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20 November, 2014

Two education initiatives with China

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced the signing with China of two initiatives that will further enhance educational initiatives between China and New Zealand.

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20 November, 2014

New Zealand China television co-production agreement signed

New Zealand has achieved an important milestone with the first ever television co-production agreement being signed by any country with China, say Trade Minister Tim Groser and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry.

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20 November, 2014

PM meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Prime Minister John Key held successful talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wellington today.

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20 November, 2014

Women in trades: it’s a good fit

Minister for Women Louise Upston is encouraging employers to attract more women to trades work to assist with the Canterbury rebuild.

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20 November, 2014

Medicine regulation upgrade planned

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will upgrade New Zealand’s therapeutic products regulation following the decision not to proceed with a joint regulator with Australia.

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20 November, 2014

Joint statement by Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health for Australia, and Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health for New Zealand, regarding ANZTPA

The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health for Australia, and the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health for New Zealand, today announced their governments’ agreement to cease efforts to establish a joint therapeutic products regulator, the Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA).

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20 November, 2014

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle.

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20 November, 2014

NZ performing well, return to surplus a challenge

New Zealand remains on track for solid economic growth, more jobs and rising incomes over the next few years, but falling dairy prices and low inflation will make returning to surplus this year challenging, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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19 November, 2014

Minister welcomes appointment of John Ombler

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the appointment of John Ombler as Acting Chief Executive of CERA.

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19 November, 2014

Minister visiting the United States and Canada

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee travels today to the United States and Canada for calls at the United Nations in New York, attendance at the Halifax International Security Forum, and a bilateral visit to Washington, including a meeting with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

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19 November, 2014

Nurse's IT innovation improves arthritis care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an innovative IT programme is enabling arthritis patients at the Hutt Valley DHB to self-monitor in the community, freeing up hospital resources for the sickest patients.

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19 November, 2014

PM’s Scholarships for Asia announced

Scholarships have been awarded to 160 top students from around the country to study at Asian institutions next year under the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia programme.

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19 November, 2014

Path to Nationhood history app launched

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has today launched a free app to help people explore New Zealand’s early history.

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18 November, 2014

More homes coming on board for Christchurch social housing tenants

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett is impressed with Housing New Zealand’s progress in building, redeveloping and repairing properties in Christchurch following a visit to the city today.

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18 November, 2014

Dunne to attend high needs health care symposium in Washington DC

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne heads for Washington DC today to attend the Commonwealth Fund’s 17th International Symposium on Health Care Policy.

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18 November, 2014

New High Commissioner to Malaysia

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today named diplomat John Subritzky as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Malaysia, to be based in Kuala Lumpur.

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