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2 September, 2015

Minister welcomes Africa’s first Commonwealth Games

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated Durban, South Africa on being named host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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2 September, 2015

New rules bring double-deckers to our cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say.

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2 September, 2015

Parapets and facades prioritised in revised earthquake building law

A new category of priority buildings, covering parts of unreinforced masonry like parapets and facades, is to be included in the Building Act requirements for upgrading earthquake-prone buildings following strong submissions to select committee including from Canterbury earthquake survivor and Lincoln University lecturer Ann Brower, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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2 September, 2015

New Hospice Waikato extension opened

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today opened the new Hospice Waikato extension in Hamilton.

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2 September, 2015

Government committed to cycle safety

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says the Government is delivering many of the Cycling Safety Panel’s recommendations as part of its commitment to making cycling a safer, more attractive choice for personal travel.

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2 September, 2015

Whanganui Community Corrections opened

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today officially opened the refurbished Whanganui Community Corrections site.

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2 September, 2015

Fraud initiatives keep people out of debt traps

A continued focus by staff to identify overpayments to beneficiaries is reducing the number of people ending up with large debts, says Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew.

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1 September, 2015

Air New Zealand – Air China alliance authorised

A new strategic alliance between Air New Zealand and Air China will make New Zealand a more attractive destination for Chinese travellers, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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1 September, 2015

Court rules changed to support family violence information sharing

Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced new information sharing rules between family and criminal courts as a part of the Government’s work to help reduce the harm caused by family violence.

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1 September, 2015

Red tape reduced for veterans

Veterans will soon find it easier to claim their recreational travel concession, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says.

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1 September, 2015

Key to unlocking Tauranga congestion underway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has turned the first sod on the $45 million Maungatapu underpass project in Tauranga today, bringing the $100 million Hairini Link one step closer to completion.

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1 September, 2015

Government grant for East Coast stream restoration

An $89,700 grant from the Community Environment Fund for the restoration of the Whangawehi stream on the Mahia Peninsula was announced today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith during a visit to the catchment.

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1 September, 2015

Appointment of Judge of the Court of Appeal

The Honourable Justice Stephen Kós has been appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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1 September, 2015

Fifth Children’s Team goes live in Hamilton

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has officially launched the Hamilton Children’s Team, the fifth of ten approved Teams to be rolled out across the country.

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1 September, 2015

New chiefs of Army and Navy announced

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee today announced the appointment of new Chiefs of the New Zealand Army and the Royal New Zealand Navy.

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1 September, 2015

Extra $2.6m support for storm-affected regions

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye have announced an extra $2.6 million of Government support for communities worst affected by the severe storm in June.

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1 September, 2015

Update on recovery in storm-affected regions

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says recovery from the severe storm in June is going well, but latest estimates show its economic impact could be around $270 million.

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1 September, 2015

Bids open for Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Communications Minister Amy Adams will today release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next stage of rolling out fast, reliable broadband to New Zealanders.

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31 August, 2015

Minister welcomes Queenstown research week

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed the commencement of the 2015 Queenstown Research Week.

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31 August, 2015

PM to attend 46th Pacific Islands Forum

Prime Minister John Key will lead a delegation to Papua New Guinea to attend the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting being held in Port Moresby.

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31 August, 2015

Progress being made in Pacific health

A new report on the health of Pacific people shows good progress is being made in some areas, Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says.

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31 August, 2015

Residential property withholding tax proposed for offshore sellers

Public consultation begins today on the Government’s proposed residential land withholding tax with the release of a paper seeking public feedback.

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31 August, 2015

Auckland housing consents top 1000 in July

Building consent data released by Statistics New Zealand show 1116 homes were consented in Auckland in July, the first time in a decade that the monthly total has been over 1000, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith noted today.

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31 August, 2015

Regional airline competition welcomed

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have this morning welcomed increased competition in the regional aviation market.

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31 August, 2015

Tonga Language Week celebrated

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed Tonga Language Week 2015.

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31 August, 2015

Minister welcomes Money Week 2015

Empowering people to be better with money is the key focus for Money Week, says Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith.

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30 August, 2015

Worldwide reputation at the border recognised

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says positive results from Customs’ passenger and commercial satisfaction surveys confirm New Zealand’s already strong worldwide reputation for efficiency at the border.

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29 August, 2015

Minister opens papakāinga near Tauranga

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell will open six new flats at Tahuwhakatiki Marae, in Mount Maunganui today.

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28 August, 2015

Healthy Families NZ launched in Waitakere

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched Healthy Families Waitakere in West Auckland.

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28 August, 2015

Minister opens South Island’s first Urban Cycleways

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has opened the first South Island cycleways to be funded by the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme in Christchurch today.

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