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15 April, 2014

Lifehack Weekends head to the regions

Lifehack Weekends are back and young people from across the country are getting together to create technology-based solutions to mental health issues.

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15 April, 2014

$5m investment in Māori-led science & innovation

Up to $5 million over two years will be invested in developing the science and innovation potential of Māori people, resources, and knowledge, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced today.

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15 April, 2014

Labour’s latest dead end street

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says today’s Labour policy announcements of cutting revenue currently being invested in safer, more productive transport infrastructure should worry the public on a number of levels.

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15 April, 2014

Growth seen further lifting average wage by $7,500

The average annual wage is expected to increase by $7,500 to around $62,200 a year by 2018 if New Zealand achieves its economic growth forecasts over the next four years, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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15 April, 2014

New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Marion Crawshaw as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.

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15 April, 2014

McClay opens Business to Government Workshop

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has opened the Business to Government Collaboration Workshop in Wellington today, citing it as a great opportunity for Government and private enterprise to find new ways to improve and simplify digital services.

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14 April, 2014

Successful crime-fighting pilot to be expanded

A successful Justice sector frontline pilot, which saw a dramatic drop in total crime in the Hutt Valley, will benefit three other areas, Justice Minister Judith Collins has announced.

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14 April, 2014

Spreading the word on alternative tree species

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has announced that a project which aims to provide information for growers on alternative tree species has been approved for a Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) grant.

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14 April, 2014

$9.9m in funding for new sustainable farming projects

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the latest round of projects receiving funding from the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), covering a range of issues from water quality to climate change.

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14 April, 2014

NZ health and engineering support to Solomons

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced New Zealand will send health personnel and a Bailey bridge to Solomon Islands to assist with the response to flooding.

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14 April, 2014

Patient safety campaign to focus on surgery

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has launched the next phase of the national patient safety campaign Open for better care, which focuses on reducing harm associated with surgery.

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14 April, 2014

Changes make it easier to recover debt

Courts Minister Chester Borrows says changes which come into effect today will improve the process for people recovering debt owed following a civil court case.

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14 April, 2014

Trends revealed from Census 2013 online option

Several trends have emerged following analysis of the 2013 Census online option, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says.

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13 April, 2014

IPCC report shows need for global agreement on emissions

Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser says the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change emphasises the need for a truly global agreement in 2015 to ensure efforts to cut greenhouse gases (GHG) are effective.

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13 April, 2014

Interest sought for new social bonds pilot

A new and innovative alternative to the way social services are delivered has come a step closer, Minister of Finance Bill English and Health Minister Tony Ryall say.

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13 April, 2014

Major makeover for social housing

From tomorrow selected community groups will be able to offer income related rents for people needing social housing and people will be able to test their eligibility through Work and Income.

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13 April, 2014

Labour late and lazy on Kauri dieback funding

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith has dismissed today's pledge by Labour leader David Cunliffe for additional funding for work to protect New Zealand's magnificent kauri forests from kauri dieback disease.

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11 April, 2014

Minister welcomes Manawatu River clean-up progress

Environment Minister Amy Adams has welcomed a new report on cleaning-up the Manawatu River, saying it shows that progress can be made even on the most difficult environmental problems when communities work together.

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11 April, 2014

US Pacific Commander visits New Zealand

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman will meet with Admiral Samuel Locklear Commander of US Pacific Command on Monday.

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11 April, 2014

Better deal for glasses will save millions

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says people using hardship assistance are in line to pay less for glasses and other optical services as a result of a new preferred supplier arrangement with opticians.

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11 April, 2014

Government clamping down on tax dodgers

Speaking at the OECD Cash and Hidden Economy Conference today, Revenue Minister Todd McClay reiterated the Government’s commitment to clamping down on tax evasion and avoidance.

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11 April, 2014

Next steps in TV Takeback programme

As the TV Takeback programme comes to an end, the Government has been advised that one of the recyclers involved in the initiative is unlikely to be able to meet its contractual obligations.

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11 April, 2014

MAC Camp graduates stepping back onto the right path

Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows has congratulated today’s graduates from the latest Military Style Activity Camp (MAC Camp) for young offenders.

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11 April, 2014

1000th Christchurch state house repair marked

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today marked the completion of the 1000th Housing New Zealand repair in Christchurch as part of the Government’s large-scale post-earthquake repair and rebuild programme for the Canterbury region.

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11 April, 2014

Greenhouse gas reports give confidence on Kyoto target

Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser says New Zealand will comfortably meet its Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gas reduction targets following the release of New Zealand’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Net Position today.

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11 April, 2014

NZTE to attract more regional investment

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is to establish a new regional investment attraction programme to encourage more international firms to invest in New Zealand’s regional economies, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

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11 April, 2014

Minister to open $190 million Middlemore facility

Health Minister Tony Ryall will this afternoon open a new $190 million clinical services block at Middlemore Hospital, named after eminent orthopaedic surgeon Dr Harley Gray.

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11 April, 2014

Record summer season for Customs

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson today congratulated Customs for its successful summer campaign, which achieved major drug seizures and high service levels during a record travel season.

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10 April, 2014

Loan Shark Bill passes second reading

A Bill that overhauls consumer credit laws to ensure that the interests of consumers are protected has passed its second reading in Parliament today says Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss.

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10 April, 2014

Veterans’ Support Bill passes second reading

The Veterans’ Support Bill, which will improve the way New Zealand supports its veterans, has passed its second reading in Parliament today.

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