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1 April, 2015

Forestry projects identify practical solutions

New Zealand’s forestry sector will benefit from five new projects in the latest round of the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew announced today.

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1 April, 2015

$7.8m for new sustainable farming projects

29 new projects have been approved for $7.8 million in new funding over four years through the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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1 April, 2015

Changes to provide more support for families

Additional support for families through an extension to Paid Parental Leave and an increase to the minimum wage comes into effect today, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

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1 April, 2015

Countdown to NZ hosting FIFA U-20 World Cup

Following a hugely successful ICC Cricket World Cup, Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says the countdown is now on for football’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

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1 April, 2015

Levy cuts signal ACC scheme in good shape

The levy cuts that take effect today are a further sign of the sound financial management of ACC under this government, says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye.

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1 April, 2015

Crime falls for fifth year in a row

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes crime data released today showing recorded crime has dropped by more than 100,000 offences over the last five years.

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1 April, 2015

Independent expert panel to lead major CYF overhaul

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that an independent panel has been established to lead a complete overhaul of Child, Youth and Family, to ensure that the agency delivers the best possible results for vulnerable children and their families in the decades ahead.

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1 April, 2015

Tax collection on employee share schemes examined

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the release this week of an Inland Revenue officials’ issues paper that seeks feedback on options to simplify the way tax is collected from employees participating in employee share schemes.

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31 March, 2015

Court of Appeal Judge and Chief High Court Judge appointed

The Honourable Justice Helen Winkelmann, Chief High Court Judge, has been appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal and the Honourable Justice Geoffrey John Venning, Judge of the High Court in Auckland, has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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31 March, 2015

Toothfish import, export restrictions renewed

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the renewal of the Customs Import and Export Prohibitions (CIPO and CEPO) on toothfish, restricting toothfish imports and exports for another three years.

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31 March, 2015

Law change to ban cosmetic testing on animals

The Government will introduce a change to the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill to ban the use of animals for testing finished cosmetic products and ingredients, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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31 March, 2015

Standards and Accreditation Bill reported back

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the Commerce select committee’s report on the Standards and Accreditation Bill which has recommended some improvements to the proposed regime.

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31 March, 2015

Black Caps have done us proud

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Black Caps have done New Zealand proud in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

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31 March, 2015

New steps against kauri dieback

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the Albany Scenic Reserve in Auckland will be closed until further notice to prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

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31 March, 2015

Wine and Spirit geographical registration coming

Trade Minister Tim Groser and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced that Government will implement the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act.

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31 March, 2015

April 1 changes to help families get ahead

Prime Minister John Key says Paid Parental Leave, the parental tax credit, the minimum wage and Superannuation will increase, while average ACC levies will fall, and more people will be helped in to home ownership from tomorrow.

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31 March, 2015

Positive attitudes welcomed

Minister for Ethnic Communities Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed a report which shows New Zealanders feel more positive towards Asians.

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31 March, 2015

New agreements strengthen global links

The approval of 10 new and amended air services agreements, or arrangements, will strengthen global links for Kiwi travellers and businesses, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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31 March, 2015

Tax modernisation programme launched

Revenue Minister Todd McClay today released the first two in a series of public consultations designed to modernise and simplify the tax system.

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30 March, 2015

New website showcases World War I footage

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says a new website featuring previously unavailable film from World War I is an engrossing historical resource.

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30 March, 2015

More parents resolving disputes outside court

Almost 70 per cent of family disputes referred to mediation involving children are being settled out of court a year on from the Government’s family justice reforms says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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30 March, 2015

NZ ICT sector thanked for work on IRD transformation

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has thanked the New Zealand ICT sector for their collaboration with Inland Revenue on the modernisation and simplification of New Zealand’s tax system.

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30 March, 2015

Extensions for Social Sector Trials

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that the Social Sector Trials taking place in 16 communities around New Zealand are being extended for a year from 1 July.

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30 March, 2015

Minister delighted with calibre of nominations

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she is delighted with the high number and calibre of people nominated for the new teacher professional body, EDUCANZ (Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand).

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30 March, 2015

Oil and Gas Block Offer 2015 announced

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has launched Block Offer 2015, the annual tender for oil and gas exploration permits.

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28 March, 2015

Fish, eels, punts return to cleaner Avon River

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the completion of more than a year’s worth of cleaning and rehabilitation of the Ōtākaro/Avon River.

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27 March, 2015

ACC report confirms volatility in accounts

ACC’s latest quarterly report highlights the impact of short-term volatilities on the ACC scheme’s financial position, says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye.

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27 March, 2015

Increase in business R&D spend welcomed

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed Statistics New Zealand data released today that shows businesses in New Zealand continue to invest more in research and development to fuel their growth.

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27 March, 2015

Finlayson delivers Crown apology to Ngāruahine

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson today delivered the Crown’s formal apology to Ngāruahine for historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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27 March, 2015

PM to attend the Cricket World Cup Final

Prime Minister John Key will attend the final of the Cricket World Cup in Melbourne this weekend.

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