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27 April, 2015

Prime Minister-led trade mission kicks off

The Prime Minister has kicked off the Gulf trade mission by meeting the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and leading business figures.

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26 April, 2015

NZ to provide $1million in aid to Nepal

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will make an initial contribution of $1 million to assist Nepal following yesterday’s devastating earthquake.

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26 April, 2015

NZ ready to assist after Nepal quake

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand stands ready with financial and practical assistance as Nepal responds to the devastating ANZAC Day earthquake.

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24 April, 2015

Ebola ruled out for healthcare worker

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the second healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone and required testing to rule out Ebola has tested negative for the virus.

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24 April, 2015

Update on 6.2 St Arnaud earthquake

GeoNet recorded a 6.2 earthquake located 35km south-east of St Arnaud, at a depth of 52km, just after 3.30pm today.

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24 April, 2015

$776,000 for new Marlborough recycling facility

The Government is to provide $776,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund for a new Marlborough waste sorting facility, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today during a visit to the Marlborough District Council’s Resource Recovery Centre in Blenheim with Kaikōura MP Stuart Smith.

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24 April, 2015

Kaipara District Council Commissioners reappointed

Associate Minister of Local Government Hon Louise Upston has today announced the three Commissioners appointed to the Kaipara District Council in 2012 are to be re-appointed for a further year.

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24 April, 2015

Minister welcomes Air NZ announcement

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is welcoming Air New Zealand’s news that the Christchurch Engine Centre will be one of the first facilities in the world capable of dealing with new generation aircraft engines.

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24 April, 2015

PM delivers speech at International Peace Summit

Prime Minister John Key addressed the International Peace Summit in Istanbul, where historic bonds and current security challenges were common topics.

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23 April, 2015

Event recognises International education links

Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston has tonight highlighted the importance of Chinese international students in Christchurch.

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23 April, 2015

Good progress on Christchurch housing welcomed

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Christchurch Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck today welcomed the release of the first Christchurch Housing Accord monitoring report, which shows a strong recovery in Christchurch’s residential housing since the earthquakes.

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23 April, 2015

Akaroa harbour lands preserved for public

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is pleased to announce two key remnants of the native landscape of the Banks Peninsula will now be open for public access.

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23 April, 2015

Transfer to GPS monitoring on track

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today visited the centre from which offenders and defendants who are subject to electronic sentences and bail are monitored.

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23 April, 2015

Minister vows to hold slumlords to account

Māori Development Minister Hon Te Ururoa Flavell is outraged by the squalid state of some private rental properties in Christchurch.

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23 April, 2015

NZ schools to welcome more Penguins

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced New Zealand has been chosen as the preferred destination to host secondary school students from Chile on the Chilean Government’s scholarship scheme ‘Penguins Without Borders’.

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23 April, 2015

Returned healthcare worker being tested to rule out Ebola

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a second healthcare worker recently returned from the international response to Ebola in West Africa is to be tested to rule out the virus.

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23 April, 2015

Patients take more control of their own health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of patient portals.

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23 April, 2015

TVNZ and RNZ appointments announced

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced the appointment of Sussan Turner as a Director of TVNZ and the elevation of Therese Walsh to Deputy Chair.

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23 April, 2015

NZ showcased at Chilean Innovation Forum

New Zealand’s strengths in business, innovation and education were highlighted by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce yesterday in a speech to Chile’s private and public sector leaders.

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22 April, 2015

Iwi collective to buy Corrections land

The Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust and six other Tūwharetoa entities will buy about 8500ha of land from the Crown in the central North Island, Corrections Minister Peseta Sam-Lotu-Iiga has announced.

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22 April, 2015

Minister visiting Europe, Singapore, PNG

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee leaves today for Belgium, where he will be New Zealand’s official representative at Anzac Day commemorations.

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22 April, 2015

Next wave of Communities of Schools

Education Minister Hekia Parata says 129 schools from across the country have signed up for the second round of Communities of Schools.

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22 April, 2015

New tenancy website launched

A new tenancy services website designed to be a one-stop shop for all tenancy-related advice, information and education has been launched today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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22 April, 2015

Battle For Our Birds a great success

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the success of the Battle For Our Birds programme is a welcome victory for endangered native species.

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22 April, 2015

New High Commissioner to the Cook Islands named

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has named diplomat Nick Hurley as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to the Cook Islands.

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22 April, 2015

Minister to host forums for ethnic communities

Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will hold a nationwide series of evening community forums, beginning in Taupo tonight.

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21 April, 2015

Minister to visit Hawkes Bay and Tongariro-Rangipo prisons

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will tomorrow visit two regional prisons to see first-hand how initiatives are helping prisoners with rehabilitation as they prepare for life after release.

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21 April, 2015

Whānau Ora provides X-factor in new initiatives

The Whānau Ora Minister is thrilled to see the South Island’s Whānau Ora commissioning agency support education and employment programmes.

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21 April, 2015

Joyce to strengthen links in Latin America

Strengthening education and trade links will be the focus of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce’s first visit to Latin America.

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21 April, 2015

Agencies to benefit from new AoG panel

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced the five providers appointed to a new All-of-Government (AoG) panel for risk financing and insurance intermediary (brokerage) services.

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