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26 May, 2015

Health target results – ED wait times achieved

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show the shorter stays in emergency departments target has been met for the first time.

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26 May, 2015

Revised NZICC design gets green light

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Government and SkyCity have agreed a revised preliminary design for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).

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25 May, 2015

10-year passports enable reduction in annual cost

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the Government has listened to New Zealanders and adult passports will again be valid for 10 years, once required law changes are made.

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25 May, 2015

Return of ancestral remains welcomed

Māori Development Minister, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, today attended a pōwhiri at Te Papa to receive ancestral remains returned from an Austrian museum including the remains of a high ranking child taken from its burial cave more than 100 years ago.

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25 May, 2015

Better online support for youth mental health

The revamped Lowdown website launched today will provide young people with more accessible and responsive online mental health support, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

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25 May, 2015

NZ welcomes Singaporean Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomes Singaporean Foreign Minister Mr K Shanmugam to New Zealand.

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25 May, 2015

Bus Interchange opening signals new era

Today’s opening of the first Government-led anchor project building ushers in a new era for Christchurch and how people move around the city, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

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24 May, 2015

Budget 2015: Driving primary sector export growth

The Government will invest $7.5 million over two years in developing key skills and systems to help boost exports across the primary sector, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

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24 May, 2015

Summit strengthens transport, trade and tourism links

New Zealand’s global connections will be strengthened by its Presidency of the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Germany this week Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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24 May, 2015

Samoan Language Week vital to preserve culture

New Zealanders will celebrate the Samoan language this week with cultural performances, speeches and debates all over the country.

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24 May, 2015

Border Processing Bill passes third reading

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed law changes to help protect New Zealand at the border.

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23 May, 2015

Trade Minister welcomes Senate approval of important trade legislation

Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomes the approval of legislation by the United States Senate that would grant Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

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23 May, 2015

Rural Broadband extension secured

The passing of the Telecommunications (Development Levy) Amendment Levy Bill underscores the Government’s commitment to extending enhanced connectivity to regional New Zealand, says Communications Minister Amy Adams.

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23 May, 2015

NZ welcomes interception of IUU fishing vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the news that two well-known illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels, Songhua and Yongding, have been found and boarded by local authorities in Cabo Verde.

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22 May, 2015

Social Housing Reform Bill passed into law

Law changes to help grow an innovative social housing sector and house more vulnerable New Zealanders passed into law today.

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22 May, 2015

Terms of Negotiation signed with Ngāpuhi

The Crown and the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA) have signed Terms of Negotiation and are ready to begin negotiating a Treaty settlement for the benefit of all Ngāpuhi, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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22 May, 2015

NZ designates another group as a terrorist entity

New Zealand has designated another terrorist group, Egypt-based Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002, Prime Minister John Key announced today.

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22 May, 2015

New guidance on home construction

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today released at the Certified Builders’ Association conference in Christchurch new guidance on the standards of work expected for key aspects of new home construction.

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22 May, 2015

Updated Bullying Prevention Guide welcomed

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the update of a successful anti-bullying guide, which incorporates suggestions from schools and boards of trustees.

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22 May, 2015

Attorney-General expresses sadness at the death of Sir Thomas Gault

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today paid tribute to the life and career of former Supreme Court Judge, the Rt Hon Sir Thomas Munro Gault, KNZM, QC, who died in Auckland earlier this week.

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22 May, 2015

Pacific peoples benefit from Budget 2015

Pacific peoples will benefit from Budget 2015 through our government’s focus on supporting families and reducing hardship, Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says.

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22 May, 2015

Archives New Zealand to rebuild Christchurch facility

The Budget confirms $6.1 million in operating funding over the next four years and $13 million of capital funding from the Future Investment Fund to rebuild Archives New Zealand’s Christchurch facility in Wigram, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says.

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22 May, 2015

Minister welcomes $74 million for tax compliance

Budget 2015 continues the Government’s investment in ensuring fairness in the tax system by pursuing those attempting to avoid paying tax, Revenue Minister Todd McClay says.

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21 May, 2015

Children in Hardship Bill passes first reading

A Bill that supports the government’s $790 million Budget 2015 package to assist children in beneficiary and lower-income working households has passed its first reading in Parliament, says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

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21 May, 2015

$52m to replace wharf at Chatham Islands

A critical lifeline for one of New Zealand’s most remote communities is to be completely rebuilt as a result of new funding in Budget 2015, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says.

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21 May, 2015

$12.8m for new Te Ture Whenua Māori Network

The new Te Ture Whenua Māori Network, which will help Māori land owners improve the productivity of their land, will be supported by $12.8 million in the Budget, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.

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21 May, 2015

$2.1m for rangatahi Māori suicide prevention

The Budget provides $2.1 million of new operating funding for rangatahi Māori suicide prevention, Māori Development Minister Hon Te Ururoa Flavell says.

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21 May, 2015

$35.3m invested to improve Māori housing

Budget 2015 provides operating funding of $35.3 million over the next four years to improve housing outcomes for whānau Māori, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.

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21 May, 2015

$49.8m boost for Whānau Ora navigators

New operating funding of $49.8 million over the next four years will further support Whānau Ora navigators to work with whānau, aiga and families, Whānau Ora Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.

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21 May, 2015

Extra boost to Customs’ border security

Budget 2015 invests an extra $4.7 million of operating funding over four years to fund extra officers to screen departing international passengers for security threats such as terrorism and drugs, Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says.

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