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10 April, 2014

Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill passes first reading

The Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill, which will modernise the governance structure of the Waitangi National Trust Board, passed its first reading in the House today.

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10 April, 2014

McCully in Fiji for talks on election support

Foreign Minister Murray McCully is in Fiji to meet with Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

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9 April, 2014

Coleman to attend G20 finance meeting

Associate Minister of Finance Jonathan Coleman departs New Zealand today for Washington to attend this week’s G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting.

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9 April, 2014

High Court says there is a case to answer in relation to leaky school building allegations

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said today that legal action will continue in relation to the supply of allegedly defective wall cladding materials by Carter Holt Harvey (CHH).

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9 April, 2014

$312,500 from major events for women’s hockey final

The Government is investing $312,500 from the Major Events Development Fund to support the hosting of the 2017 Women’s Hockey World League Final in Auckland, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

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9 April, 2014

$3.5 million funding boost for colonoscopies

Health Minister Tony Ryall says up to $3.5 million is being allocated for extra colonoscopies - the latest announcement in the government’s drive to improve diagnostic services in New Zealand.

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9 April, 2014

Minister welcomes first investment by Crown Irrigation company

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the first investment by Crown Irrigation Investment Ltd, with draft terms agreed for $6.5 million towards the Central Plains Water scheme in Canterbury announced today.

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9 April, 2014

Deloitte report a vote of confidence in New Zealand’s tax system

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has described Deloitte’s 2014 Asia Pacific Tax Complexity Survey Report as ‘a vote of confidence in New Zealand’s tax system’.

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9 April, 2014

The facts about public service numbers

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman says there are fewer back office staff in the public service than in 2008.

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9 April, 2014

$2.48m to improve broadband for the Chatham Islands

Work to deliver a significant improvement in broadband services for Chatham Islanders will start almost immediately, following the signing of a $2.48 million contract between the Government and TeamTalk Ltd.

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9 April, 2014

Decision to merge Phillipstown and Woolston Schools

The Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced her decision on the proposed merger of Phillipstown School and Woolston School.

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8 April, 2014

Further assistance following Solomons floods

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand will provide a further $1.2 million to help Solomon Islands following severe flooding.

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8 April, 2014

$170,000 to expand elder abuse services

Senior Citizens Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced an additional $170,000 for two new specialist Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention (EANP) services, one in Wairoa and one in Rotorua which will also cover Kawerau.

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8 April, 2014

NZ-China drug enforcement cooperation strengthened

Police Minister Anne Tolley and Customs Minister Maurice Williamson have announced that New Zealand’s drug enforcement relationship with China is being strengthened to help identify organised criminals in China and reduce the supply of precursors and methamphetamine into this country.

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8 April, 2014

NZ supports upgrade of Gordon’s Market

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand will contribute up to $7 million towards the upgrade of Gordon’s Market in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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8 April, 2014

Crown accounts confirm no room for spend up

Another month of revenue running below forecast has again pushed up the deficit and reinforces the need for restraint in government spending, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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7 April, 2014

Online health records to improve patient care

People in Wellington, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast will benefit from a new online system enabling doctors in emergency departments and after hours practices to view a summary of patients’ recent GP records.

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7 April, 2014

Family justice reforms spark huge interest

The Government’s Family Court reforms have only been in effect one week but already traffic to the new family justice website has increased fivefold.

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7 April, 2014

Plan ahead and keep moving

Senior Citizens Minister Jo Goodhew has today welcomed the release of the revised and retitled brochure, "No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car."

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7 April, 2014

Rural depression given a voice

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the expansion of the National Depression Initiative (NDI) to include voices from rural communities.

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7 April, 2014

Businesses and households to save from new energy efficiency initiatives

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions.

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6 April, 2014

New Zealand sending aid flight to Solomons

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced further support for the response to severe flooding in Solomon Islands.

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6 April, 2014

McCully to visit Papua New Guinea

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to Papua New Guinea today for a visit focused on fostering business links and support for renewable energy projects.

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4 April, 2014

NZ responds to Solomons flooding

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced an initial contribution of $300,000 to support the immediate response to severe flooding in Solomon Islands.

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4 April, 2014

More success for PGP programmes

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming success by three Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programmes this week, including an award nomination for a revolutionary seafood programme.

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4 April, 2014

Woodhouse to attend veterans’ summit in US

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse will travel to the United States next week to attend an international summit aimed at improving the lives of war veterans and their families.

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4 April, 2014

First month of flu vaccination a great success

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the news that already over 654,000 influenza vaccines have been distributed to New Zealanders.

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4 April, 2014

Resource Management Survey shows need for second phase of RMA reforms

The 2012/13 Resource Management Survey shows the Government’s first phase of RMA reforms aimed at improving consenting processes are paying off, however further reform of our planning frameworks is still required.

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4 April, 2014

New Zealand officially best in the world

People around the globe are learning this week what Kiwis know – New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world, says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

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4 April, 2014

EthnicA calls ethnic Kiwis to leadership

The 2014 series of EthnicA conferences kicks off in Hamilton tomorrow and Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins is stressing the importance of diverse leadership for New Zealand’s success.

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