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20 August, 2014

Shark finning to be banned from 1 October

A ban on the finning of all shark species within New Zealand waters will take effect from 1 October this year, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today.

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20 August, 2014

Increases for fish stocks show success of QMS

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced increases to catch limits for a range of New Zealand fisheries today, thanks to healthy stock levels.

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19 August, 2014

Appointments to Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board

Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced two new appointments and five reappointments to the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.

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19 August, 2014

Ensuring New Zealand is prepared for Ebola

Public health officers are being given additional powers to hold aeroplanes and ships at the border if there is a sufficient concern that a person on board is infected with the Ebola virus, says Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew.

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19 August, 2014

On track to surplus, more jobs, higher incomes

New Zealand is on track to Budget surplus this year, backed by good growth, more jobs and higher incomes under the Government’s economic programme, according to Treasury’s Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update issued today.

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19 August, 2014

Govt funding for Hawke’s Bay freshwater project

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced funding of $80,000 for a Hawke’s Bay Regional Council project to develop clear criteria for assessing and identifying outstanding water bodies.

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19 August, 2014

Detailed picture of ethnicities in NZ welcomed

Statistics Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging community groups to make use of information released today on 143 ethnic groups.

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19 August, 2014

Napier project to turn waste into compost

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced funding of $468,000 for a facility in Napier which turns construction, demolition and industrial waste into compost.

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18 August, 2014

Forest & Bird claims on Denniston Plateau smoke incorrect

Calls by Forest & Bird for the Department of Conservation to stop Bathurst Resources' preparatory mining work on the Denniston Plateau because of smoke coming from an old mine shaft are ill-informed, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith said today.

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18 August, 2014

Minister approves Marlborough coastal plan changes

Plan changes to enable three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds were signed off today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith at a function at the Marlborough District Council with Mayor Alistair Sowman and representatives from NZ King Salmon.

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18 August, 2014

Uptake of Health Star Rating welcomed

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today welcomed the announcement by Foodstuffs that it will adopt the Health Star Ratings on its Pams and Budget product packaging.

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18 August, 2014

$100 million for urban cycleways

Prime Minister John Key has today announced $100 million in new funding will be made available over the next four years to accelerate cycleways in urban centres.

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17 August, 2014

Rotorua’s Gravity Park to host Crankworx

Associate Minister of Tourism Todd McClay has welcomed the announcement that the world's biggest mountain bike event, Crankworx, is coming to Rotorua and said this will be celebrated by the New Zealand tourism sector.

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15 August, 2014

$2m initiative for healthier Wanganui families

Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced Te Oranganui has been selected to lead a $2 million anti-obesity initiative in Wanganui which will help families improve their health.

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14 August, 2014

Bay of Plenty Housing Accords announced

Housing Accords in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty have been agreed by Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and local mayors Ross Patterson and Stuart Crosby today that will provide an additional 1175 new homes and sections over the next two years.

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14 August, 2014

Working group for dairy processing sector

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced the establishment of a working group to develop a ‘roadmap’ on how to meet the future capability needs of the dairy processing sector.

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14 August, 2014

Modern patent law for NZ

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the modernisation of New Zealand patent laws.

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14 August, 2014

Boost for wilding tree control in Waimakariri

A group of volunteers dedicated to clearing wilding trees around Flock Hill in upper Waimakariri is to receive a major funding boost, Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner announced today.

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14 August, 2014

Positive behaviour improves outcomes for students

A programme focused on improving behaviour in schools is having a positive impact in classrooms across New Zealand, Education Minister Hekia Parata says.

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14 August, 2014

Halfway mark for horizontal infrastructure rebuild

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the rebuild programme for Christchurch’s damaged horizontal infrastructure has reached the halfway point.

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14 August, 2014

Over 5000 red zoned houses now cleared

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says more than 5000 Crown-owned properties have now been cleared from the flat land residential red zones in greater Christchurch.

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14 August, 2014

Minister announces Child Protection Offender Register

Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley has announced that the country’s first sex offender register, the Child Protection Offender Register, is to be introduced to help keep communities safe.

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14 August, 2014

New wharf opens on Rangitoto Island

A new wharf designed to accommodate growing visitor numbers on Rangitoto Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana was formally opened today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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14 August, 2014

Taxpayer’s Simplification Panel up and running

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the announcement today of the remaining members of the Taxpayer’s Simplification Panel.

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14 August, 2014

Half a million dollars to support volunteers

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced that $502,000 in grants will be given to community groups reliant on volunteers.

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13 August, 2014

Minister congratulates Palmerston Nth on Inland Port

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has congratulated Palmerston North City Council and Spearhead Manawatu on successfully securing investment from the Ports of Auckland, the Port of Napier, and IcePak, for a new Inland Port and intermodal freight hub for the city and the region.

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13 August, 2014

Initiative to prioritise contaminated sites for remediation

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced a new initiative which identifies and ranks priority sites for clean-up under the Government’s contaminated sites remediation programme.

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13 August, 2014

Conservation grants for two West Coast groups

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and West Coast branch of Forest and Bird have been awarded Community Conservation Partnership Fund grants.

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13 August, 2014

Affordable loans for low income families

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today officially launched a Community Finance pilot scheme that will see StepUP low-interest loans available in Manukau and Waitakere.

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13 August, 2014

Canterbury to provide Chatham health services

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the responsibility for Chatham Islands health services will transfer to Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) from Hawkes Bay DHB next year.

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