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23 October, 2014

More parents resolving their differences out of court

The Government’s family justice reforms are proving highly successful, with almost 75 percent of parenting disputes referred to mediation being completely resolved without the need to go to court.

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23 October, 2014

Keep road safety in mind this Labour Weekend

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is encouraging road users to keep safe as they travel on the roads over Labour Weekend.

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23 October, 2014

IGIS Advisory Panel members appointed

Prime Minister John Key today announced the appointments of Chris Hodson QC as the chair of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s Advisory Panel and Angela Foulkes ONZM as a member of the Panel.

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23 October, 2014

Queenstown Lakes Housing Accord signed

A Queenstown Lakes Housing Accord has been signed between Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Vanessa van Uden to provide an additional 1300 homes over the next three years.

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23 October, 2014

Better emergency care at Wellington Hospital

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today visited Capital and Coast DHB which has made good progress on the government’s shorter stays in emergency department target.

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23 October, 2014

Christchurch affordable housing partnership announced

Fletcher Residential has been chosen as the Government’s private sector partner for a new affordable housing project on an 11.5-hectare Crown-owned site in Christchurch, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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23 October, 2014

Prime Minister extends condolences to Canada

Prime Minister John Key has expressed his deepest sympathies to those affected by this morning’s events in Canada.

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23 October, 2014

New system will identify drink-drive offenders

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse today officially launched the national roll-out of the Booze Bus Biometrics (BBB) system.

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23 October, 2014

Health sector passes annual check-up

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the annual report on Implementing the New Zealand Health Strategy 2014 shows that public health and disability services continue to offer better access to safe and effective care.

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23 October, 2014

TIN 100 grows to $7.6Bn

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has congratulated New Zealand’s TIN 100 companies on reaching $7.6 billion in annual turnover, a $1 billion increase over the last five years.

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23 October, 2014

1000th school connects to fast internet

The rollout of fast internet to schools continues to exceed expectations with the connection by Network for Learning (N4L) of the 1000th school to the Government’s Managed Network, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.

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22 October, 2014

Agencies well prepared in case of Ebola

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says government agencies remain prepared to deal with any potential Ebola cases in New Zealand.

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22 October, 2014

Coleman recognises Prime Minister’s Sport Scholarships recipients

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman extends his congratulations to the athletes and sports officials who have been awarded Prime Minister’s Sport Scholarships.

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22 October, 2014

First NZ job fairs in November

The Government has announced that a series of job fairs will be held in capital cities across Australia to encourage more Kiwis to return home and Australians to settle here to help fill emerging skills gaps and support thriving New Zealand-based businesses.

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22 October, 2014

Annual Report shows ACC on right track

Minister for ACC Nikki Kaye today welcomed the release of the Accident Compensation Corporation’s Annual Report, which shows its financial performance is improving.

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22 October, 2014

Gallipoli 2015 deadline approaches

Successful applicants of the Gallipoli 2015 ballot have just four days left to accept their place at next year’s Anzac Day commemorations, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says.

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21 October, 2014

Prisons safety to be boosted as on-body cameras go nationwide

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says staff and prisoner safety in prisons will be boosted by the wider use of on body cameras in sites around the country.

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21 October, 2014

Shane Jones appointed High Commissioner to Nauru, Mauritius and the Seychelles

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that Shane Jones will serve as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Nauru, Mauritius and the Seychelles in addition to his role as Pacific Economic Development Ambassador.

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20 October, 2014

McCully to Indonesian Presidential Inauguration

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has travelled to Jakarta to attend the inauguration ceremony for the Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo.

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20 October, 2014

Next steps for Rules Reduction Taskforce

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett has today launched the Rules Reduction initiative, opening the way for people to submit examples of property regulations and local rules that don’t make sense.

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17 October, 2014

Bennett to attend APEC meeting in Beijing

Associate Finance Minister Paula Bennett leaves Monday for Beijing where she will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) annual meeting of Finance Ministers.

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17 October, 2014

Health Minister checks out Ebola unit

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today seen first-hand how Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital is well prepared to treat any suspected Ebola patients.

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17 October, 2014

Sole Parents lead the way in benefit drop

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley welcomes the latest release of benefit figures showing the number of people on welfare for the September quarter is the lowest since 2008, with sole parents leading the impressive results.

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17 October, 2014

New milestone in heavy vehicle fuel efficiency

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says an agreement signed between the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and one of New Zealand’s largest trucking companies is a significant milestone for the Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Programme.

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17 October, 2014

Minister urges safety first on the water

Transport Minister Simon Bridges wants boat users to make safety the top priority, as New Zealand’s first Safer Boating Week begins today.

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17 October, 2014

New Zealand wins Security Council seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term.

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16 October, 2014

Campaign to help Kiwis recognise stroke signs

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new campaign to help New Zealanders recognise the signs of a stroke is being launched in Waikato today.

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16 October, 2014

New technology speeds up cancer treatment

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new technology being used at Auckland City Hospital will enable more precise and faster radiotherapy treatment for people with cancer.

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16 October, 2014

World War One exhibition gives insight into war and conflict

The commitment and sacrifice of thousands of New Zealanders in the war to end all wars is brought to life in a compelling new exhibition at the National Library, Internal Affairs Minister Hon Peter Dunne announced today.

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15 October, 2014

More accolades for PGP programmes

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has congratulated Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) for winning the Innovation in Sustainability & Clean Tech award and the Supreme Innovator award at the New Zealand Innovators Awards in Auckland tonight.

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