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18 March, 2015

Feedback sought on ECan’s future governance

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston have today announced the Government’s proposal for a mixed-model governance structure for Environment Canterbury (ECan).

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18 March, 2015

New Gallipoli app launched

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed the release of a free smartphone and tablet app which offers a new way to explore the Gallipoli campaign.

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18 March, 2015

Voluntary out-of-home care to be reviewed

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says the Government wants to hear from families, children and service providers involved with supporting disabled children, as part of a review of the system for voluntary out-of-home placements.

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18 March, 2015

Big reduction in young mums on benefit

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of young mothers requiring a benefit has almost halved since 2009, meaning better lives for these families and fewer long-term beneficiaries.

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18 March, 2015

Youth accessing primary mental health services

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more mental health services are being offered to young people through their GP or primary care provider.

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18 March, 2015

Safer journeys a step closer for Northland drivers

Work to improve the safety standard of a dangerous section of road in Northland has begun as part of a nationwide programme to improve regional roads.

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18 March, 2015

Minister thanks all involved in cyclone response

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye has thanked everyone involved in preparing for and responding to the effects of Cyclone Pam in New Zealand.

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18 March, 2015

Prisoner learning places to nearly double

A huge increase in prisoner education aims to help prisoners get jobs on release and reduce their risk of reoffending.

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17 March, 2015

Bill for new MPs pay setting process passed

Parliament has tonight passed a law which will see MPs pay move in line with changes to public sector salaries, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

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17 March, 2015

NZ On Air celebrates 25 years

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has congratulated NZ On Air on its success in providing Kiwi content to New Zealanders for the past 25 years.

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17 March, 2015

Foss welcomes agreement for rental vehicle code

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming a move by the rental vehicle industry to establish a Code of Best Practice to educate visiting drivers and improve safety for all road users.

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17 March, 2015

PM to attend Gallipoli Anzac Day commemorations

Prime Minister John Key is to lead a New Zealand delegation at the centenary commemorations of the ANZAC landings in Gallipoli, Turkey.

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17 March, 2015

Prince Harry to visit New Zealand

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the news of a planned official visit to New Zealand by Prince Harry, the grandson and fourth-in-line to Queen Elizabeth II.

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17 March, 2015

Government issues Responsible Lending Code

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced the release of the Responsible Lending Code.

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17 March, 2015

Another $138 million for Christchurch schools

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say almost $140m is to be spent on the next wave of schools to be repaired and rebuilt in Christchurch.

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17 March, 2015

Joan Withers appointed new chair of TVNZ

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced the appointment of Joan Withers as the Chair of Television New Zealand (TVNZ).

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16 March, 2015

Confirmed negative Ebola test for health worker

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone has been officially cleared of having Ebola following a second negative test result.

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16 March, 2015

Magna Carta essay competition launched

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson has today launched the Magna Carta 800 Essay Competition for New Zealand students to recognise the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.

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16 March, 2015

PM welcomes visit of Viet Nam Prime Minister

Prime Minister John Key has announced a two-day visit to New Zealand by Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

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16 March, 2015

PM to visit Korea and Japan

Prime Minister John Key will visit Korea next week to mark the signing of the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

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16 March, 2015

New Waitemata Harbour crossing future-proofed

Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, has taken steps to future-proof the route for an additional Waitemata Harbour crossing in view of the rapid growth Auckland is set to undergo in the next 20 years.

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15 March, 2015

Pam funding lifted to $2.5m

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced an additional $1.5 million in Cyclone Pam relief, on top of the $1 million contributed yesterday.

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15 March, 2015

Christchurch short-term housing response underway

Vulnerable families and single people in need of housing in Christchurch will be better supported by a new short-term housing service, says Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.

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15 March, 2015

Great response to Conservation Board call

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the interest shown in community conservation through the large number of nominations for Conservation Boards in 2015.

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15 March, 2015

Negative Ebola test result for healthcare worker

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

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15 March, 2015

Affected areas should prepare for severe weather

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says communities in the northeast of the North Island from Cape Reinga to Hawkes Bay, and outer islands such as the Chatham Islands, should make sure they’re prepared for the possible impact of Cyclone Pam.

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15 March, 2015

Minister sends message of support to Pacific

Minister for Pacific Peoples Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has offered his sympathy and support to Pacific Island nations in the wake of the destruction Cyclone Pam has wrought.

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14 March, 2015

NZ funds $1 million to cyclone-hit Pacific neighbours

The New Zealand government has announced an initial contribution of $1 million to assist Pacific nations hit by Cyclone Pam, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says.

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14 March, 2015

Rangatahi Court opens in Tauranga

Māori Development and Whānau Ora Minister Te Ururoa Flavell applauds the local Māori community and the judiciary for establishing a Kooti Rangatahi in Tauranga.

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14 March, 2015

Returned healthcare worker in stable condition

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone is in a stable condition in Christchurch Hospital.

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