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2 March, 2015

A year of milestones for disability groups

Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner today acknowledged the life-changing contribution made by disability groups as she joined the Blind Foundation for their 125th anniversary celebrations at Government House.

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2 March, 2015

MPs’ remuneration to be changed

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency.

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2 March, 2015

More ACC support to help address sexual violence

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye welcomes ACC’s new support package for people who’ve experienced sexual abuse or assault.

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2 March, 2015

Name change for Ethnic Affairs

Greater alignment with New Zealand’s ethnic communities is the focus of a change in the government agency that works to promote the benefit of ethnic diversity.

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2 March, 2015

Kōrero mai, kōrero atu ki Te Matatini

The Māori Development Minister encourages whānau heading to Te Matatini in Christchurch next week to use as much Māori language as they can.

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1 March, 2015

Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open

Nominations open today for the 2015 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards – recognising the thousands of unsung heroes who support New Zealand’s health and disability services.

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1 March, 2015

More choice for hearing impaired welcomed

Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner says the extension of the CapTel relay service increases choice for hearing impaired or deaf people to make phone calls and live an ordinary life.

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1 March, 2015

More hours for hearing impaired telephone service

Hearing impaired people can now access captioned telephone services for an additional two hours a day, Communications Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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1 March, 2015

Five schools get special recruitment allowance

Education Minister Hekia Parata says schools in Northland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay and Canterbury are the first to gain approval to use a new allowance to recruit principals who can help them tackle significant challenges.

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28 February, 2015

Australia and New Zealand sign MoU for criminal history checks

Communities on both sides of the Tasman will benefit following the expansion of a criminal history checking service to vet individuals for employment, training and registration purposes.

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28 February, 2015

Trade Minister in China for FTA discussion

Trade Minister Tim Groser departs for China tonight to undertake a range of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) related meetings including discussions with his trade counterpart, Minister Gao Hucheng.

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28 February, 2015

Information-sharing on student loans welcomed

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Revenue Minister Todd McClay have welcomed the announcement of an arrangement that will see Australia and New Zealand share data to assist New Zealand to recoup unpaid student loans of defaulters in Australia.

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28 February, 2015

PMs Key and Abbott meet in Auckland

Prime Minister John Key met with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Auckland today for their annual Leaders’ Talks.

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28 February, 2015

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Hon Tony Abbott and Rt Hon John Key

Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP and Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key met in Auckland on 28 February 2015 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting.

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27 February, 2015

Coleman meets Australian counterpart

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today met with his Australian counterpart Sussan Ley, Minister of Health and Minister for Sport.

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27 February, 2015

Gisborne Court gets connected to AVL network

Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the addition of the Gisborne courthouse to the audio visual link (AVL) network that connects courts and prisons.

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27 February, 2015

Encouraging start to the year for building consents

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith has welcomed today’s release of building consent figures for January 2015 from Statistics New Zealand, which show the number of consents issued for the first month of the year at a seven-year high.

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27 February, 2015

2015 CER Ministerial meeting: Communique

New Zealand and Australian Ministers met in Auckland on 27 February 2015 for the annual Closer Economic Relations (CER) Ministerial Meeting. New Zealand’s delegation was led by Minister of Trade and Minister for Climate Change Issues, Hon Tim Groser.

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27 February, 2015

Appointments to Lottery Distribution Committees

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced 13 new members to ten Lottery distribution committees with terms commencing on 2 March 2015.

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27 February, 2015

Northland water storage study shows potential

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the commissioning of a new report to examine the potential of water storage and infrastructure in Northland.

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27 February, 2015

New toolkit to help DHBs in suicide prevention

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource released today is designed to help DHBs, in partnership with their communities, prevent and respond to suicide.

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27 February, 2015

Govt backs data forum’s recommendations

The Government is backing the recommendations of the NZ Data Futures Forum to make better use of public data and uphold privacy standards, Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss say.

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27 February, 2015

Voluntary compliance a win-win at the border

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says promoting voluntary compliance at the border is helping Customs track ahead of Treasury’s forecast revenue and saving traders money.

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27 February, 2015

Celebrating children and foster carers

Sunday 1 March 2015 marks both Children’s Day and the beginning of Fostercare Awareness Week 2015. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley encourages parents of all kinds to spend time with their kids this Sunday.

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27 February, 2015

More medicines for rare disorders to be funded

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says people with rare disorders will benefit from Pharmac’s new funding approach for rare disorders medicines.

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26 February, 2015

PM disappointed with Remuneration Authority decision

Prime Minister John Key has expressed his disappointment at the Remuneration Authority’s decision to increase MP remuneration.

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26 February, 2015

Report shows importance of whanau and community

A research report released today has highlighted the importance of whanau and the community in preventing violence against Maori women and children.

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26 February, 2015

Pragmatic answer to GST for bodies corporate

Bodies corporate will no longer be required to register for GST following the introduction today of the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2015–16, Research and Development, and Remedial Matters) Bill, Revenue Minister Todd McClay says.

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26 February, 2015

Reforms helping our most vulnerable succeed

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest valuation of the benefit system showing welfare reforms are having a tangible effect on the future costs of benefits.

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26 February, 2015

Appointments to the Archives Council

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced three appointments to the Archives Council Te Rua Wānanga.

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