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20 February, 2015

New Consul-General to Sydney

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has named diplomat Billie Moore as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Sydney.

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19 February, 2015

$835k for youth social enterprise initiatives

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye is pleased to announce that three social enterprise initiatives for young people will receive a total of $835,000 funding under the Youth Enterprise Fund.

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19 February, 2015

Bill to improve coronial system passes first reading

A Bill to make the coronial system quicker and more effective passed its first reading in Parliament today.

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19 February, 2015

Cabinet to take fresh look at Bain case

The Government has agreed to set aside all previous advice relating to David Bain’s compensation claim and conduct a fresh inquiry, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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19 February, 2015

Help for Queenstown’s labour shortage

Temporary changes to immigration rules will further help Queenstown employers recruit much needed staff, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse announced today.

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19 February, 2015

Education agreement signed with UAE

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the signing of an education agreement to strengthen New Zealand’s education relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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19 February, 2015

Workforce skills target lifted

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says better-than-expected Better Public Services results mean the Government is revising the workforce skills target to 60 per cent of 25–34 year olds having a qualification at Level 4 or above by 2018.

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19 February, 2015

Govt sets itself tougher crime target

A renewed focus on tackling the drivers of crime has helped the Government exceed its Better Public Service (BPS) target to reduce crime two and a half years ahead of schedule, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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19 February, 2015

Great progress made towards education targets

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the latest Better Public Services (BPS) results show the government is making great progress towards its education targets.

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19 February, 2015

Progress on reducing compliance costs

The Government’s Better Public Services for Business (Result 9) programme shows an improvement in reported performance by government agencies, Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce says.

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19 February, 2015

Further gains made in health BPS targets

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Better Public Services results released today show immunisation rates have reached an all-time high and rheumatic fever rates have dropped considerably.

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19 February, 2015

Ministers set new targets to reduce dependence

The Government has set itself ambitious new targets including 75,000 fewer New Zealanders being on benefits by June 2018 as part of its Better Public Services drive, Finance Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Paula Bennett say.

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19 February, 2015

Refugee Resettlement Centre rebuild underway

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has marked the rebuild of the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre at a sod-turning ceremony this morning.

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18 February, 2015

Bill to modernise courts one step closer

A Bill to speed up justice and modernise New Zealand’s courts has passed its second reading in Parliament today.

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18 February, 2015

Law Commission work programme confirmed

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today confirmed the Law Commission’s 2015 work programme.

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18 February, 2015

Major Events Fund supports Crankworx Festival

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Government is investing $420,000 from the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) in the 2015 and 2016 Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festivals.

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18 February, 2015

Survey of Canterbury repairs underway

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the commencement of an independent survey of the completed residential repairs in Christchurch.

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18 February, 2015

Students benefit from StudyLink improvements

Almost 131,000 students applying for student loans and allowances have benefitted already this year from improvements to StudyLink, Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew says.

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18 February, 2015

Advisory Group appointed to progress Māori land bill

Māori Development Minister, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell is pleased to announce the appointment of a Ministerial Advisory Group to progress the introduction of new Māori land legislation this year.

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18 February, 2015

Defence Minister to meet Australian counterpart

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee will meet today with his recently appointed Australian counterpart the Hon Kevin Andrews, in Melbourne.

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18 February, 2015

Bill to safeguard oil supply passed

Energy Minister Simon Bridges says a new Bill passed last night will help safeguard the security of New Zealand’s oil supplies.

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17 February, 2015

EEZ Bill needed to give certainty to gas supply

A Bill to amend the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 will be introduced tomorrow to address transitional issues over the timing of existing consents, such as for the Maui platform.

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17 February, 2015

Appointment of GCSB Acting Director

Deputy Solicitor-General Una Jagose has been appointed Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau from 28 February, Minister Responsible for the GCSB, Christopher Finlayson, announced today.

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17 February, 2015

Prison AVL network improves public safety

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed news that the project to install audio visual links (AVL) in prisons is complete.

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17 February, 2015

More success for Primary Growth Partnership

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming more success stories from the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP), with several programmes making big steps forward.

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17 February, 2015

Feedback sought on short-listed Earthquake Memorial designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input today.

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17 February, 2015

Use of Green Prescriptions rocket ahead

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the health benefits of Green Prescriptions continue to be demonstrated, as more and more people take medical advice to get fit and eat well to help tackle their health problems.

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17 February, 2015

More families to get Computers in Homes

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say another 1500 low income families will be provided with computers in 2015/16 through the Computers in Homes programme.

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17 February, 2015

Four Acting District Court Judges Appointed

Four acting District Court Judges have been appointed, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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17 February, 2015

Stricter laws for repossession agents

Associate Minister of Justice Simon Bridges and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith have today announced strict new laws that will better protect the public from repossession agents engaging in unscrupulous practises.

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