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28 October, 2014

Diwali celebrations held at Parliament

Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga hosted the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament and representatives of the Indian community this evening in Parliament’s Grand Hall to celebrate Diwali.

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28 October, 2014

Depression initiative wins advertising awards

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the National Depression Initiative has won two major advertising awards at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) Effectiveness awards in London.

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28 October, 2014

Three people have completed Ebola monitoring - all well

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says three people entering New Zealand were identified for self-monitoring as healthcare workers helping in the response in West Africa, and all have now been cleared.

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28 October, 2014

Tourism fund opens for third round

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key today announced applications are open for the third round of funding in the Tourism Growth Partnership.

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28 October, 2014

More than 600 take up 3K to Christchurch jobs

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the Government’s 3K to Christchurch scheme is a winner with 633 unemployed people taking up the offer.

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28 October, 2014

Interim Families Commissioner appointed

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today announced that Jo-anne Wilkinson has been appointed as interim Families Commissioner and Chair of the Families Commission Board.

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28 October, 2014

Cancer Society joins up with Cricket World Cup

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the ICC Cricket World Cup’s decision to appoint the Cancer Society as its official NZ charity partner.

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28 October, 2014

$15m for new biological research partnerships

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today announced the Government will invest more than $15 million over a maximum of seven years to support four research partnerships that will benefit New Zealand’s primary industries.

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28 October, 2014

2015 PM’s Education Excellence Awards launched

Education Minister Hekia Parata today launched the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

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28 October, 2014

New Ambassador to France appointed

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat James Kember as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to France.

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24 October, 2014

Little’s claims smack of scaremongering

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Woodhouse today refutes Labour MP Andrew Little’s claims that the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is ‘mean-spirited and unfair’.

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24 October, 2014

Minister to attend TPP Ministers’ Meeting

Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for Sydney to join Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the next round of negotiations.

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24 October, 2014

Wairarapa’s needs assessments a one stop shop

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today seen first-hand Wairarapa DHB’s innovative approach to streamlining the region’s needs assessments.

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23 October, 2014

More parents resolving their differences out of court

The Government’s family justice reforms are proving highly successful, with almost 75 percent of parenting disputes referred to mediation being completely resolved without the need to go to court.

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23 October, 2014

Keep road safety in mind this Labour Weekend

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is encouraging road users to keep safe as they travel on the roads over Labour Weekend.

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23 October, 2014

IGIS Advisory Panel members appointed

Prime Minister John Key today announced the appointments of Chris Hodson QC as the chair of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s Advisory Panel and Angela Foulkes ONZM as a member of the Panel.

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23 October, 2014

Queenstown Lakes Housing Accord signed

A Queenstown Lakes Housing Accord has been signed between Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Vanessa van Uden to provide an additional 1300 homes over the next three years.

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23 October, 2014

Better emergency care at Wellington Hospital

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today visited Capital and Coast DHB which has made good progress on the government’s shorter stays in emergency department target.

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23 October, 2014

Christchurch affordable housing partnership announced

Fletcher Residential has been chosen as the Government’s private sector partner for a new affordable housing project on an 11.5-hectare Crown-owned site in Christchurch, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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23 October, 2014

Prime Minister extends condolences to Canada

Prime Minister John Key has expressed his deepest sympathies to those affected by this morning’s events in Canada.

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23 October, 2014

New system will identify drink-drive offenders

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse today officially launched the national roll-out of the Booze Bus Biometrics (BBB) system.

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23 October, 2014

Health sector passes annual check-up

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the annual report on Implementing the New Zealand Health Strategy 2014 shows that public health and disability services continue to offer better access to safe and effective care.

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23 October, 2014

TIN 100 grows to $7.6Bn

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has congratulated New Zealand’s TIN 100 companies on reaching $7.6 billion in annual turnover, a $1 billion increase over the last five years.

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23 October, 2014

1000th school connects to fast internet

The rollout of fast internet to schools continues to exceed expectations with the connection by Network for Learning (N4L) of the 1000th school to the Government’s Managed Network, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.

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22 October, 2014

Agencies well prepared in case of Ebola

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says government agencies remain prepared to deal with any potential Ebola cases in New Zealand.

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22 October, 2014

Coleman recognises Prime Minister’s Sport Scholarships recipients

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman extends his congratulations to the athletes and sports officials who have been awarded Prime Minister’s Sport Scholarships.

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22 October, 2014

First NZ job fairs in November

The Government has announced that a series of job fairs will be held in capital cities across Australia to encourage more Kiwis to return home and Australians to settle here to help fill emerging skills gaps and support thriving New Zealand-based businesses.

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22 October, 2014

Annual Report shows ACC on right track

Minister for ACC Nikki Kaye today welcomed the release of the Accident Compensation Corporation’s Annual Report, which shows its financial performance is improving.

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22 October, 2014

Gallipoli 2015 deadline approaches

Successful applicants of the Gallipoli 2015 ballot have just four days left to accept their place at next year’s Anzac Day commemorations, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says.

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21 October, 2014

Prisons safety to be boosted as on-body cameras go nationwide

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says staff and prisoner safety in prisons will be boosted by the wider use of on body cameras in sites around the country.

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