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24 July, 2015

Appointment of Queen’s Counsel

Three lawyers have been appointed Queen’s Counsel this year, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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24 July, 2015

Modern buildings open at two Auckland schools

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will today open innovative new learning environments for students and teachers at two Auckland schools.

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24 July, 2015

Judge Armstrong appointed to Māori Land Court

The Māori Development Minister, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, has announced the appointment of Judge Miharo Armstrong of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui to the Māori Land Court.

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24 July, 2015

Better spinal injury outcomes goal of new policy

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye have confirmed that from next month people who suffer spinal cord injuries will be taken straight to a specialist hospital if feasible, to maximise their long-term health and rehabilitation outcomes.

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23 July, 2015

Court of Appeal upholds the Ministry’s product liability claim

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye have welcomed today’s judgement from the Court of Appeal about the Ministry of Education’s case against Carter Holt Harvey over leaky school buildings.

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23 July, 2015

Statement on Mt Eden Prison allegations

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga was this afternoon advised of fresh allegations involving Mt Eden Corrections Facility.

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23 July, 2015

Youth Service extension bill passes first reading

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a bill extending the successful Youth Service to better support 19 year old parents and other unemployed 18 and 19 year olds at risk of long term welfare dependence has passed its first reading.

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23 July, 2015

Broadband Map helps Kiwis find best connectivity options

Communications Minister Amy Adams today launched a new online map that will allow New Zealanders to source the best broadband options available to them at their home or business.

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23 July, 2015

Early successes for new Screen Production Grant

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry today announced the results of the first review of the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG).

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23 July, 2015

New Māori aquaculture agreements signed

New regional agreements for Māori commercial aquaculture have been signed by Government Ministers today, including Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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23 July, 2015

Minister demands assurances from Serco

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today made it clear to Serco managers that he expects safety and security at Mt Eden Corrections Facility to be a top priority.

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23 July, 2015

Tool to help GPs diagnose & manage TIA/Strokes

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an electronic decision support tool will help GPs improve the diagnosis and management of patients who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke.

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23 July, 2015

Exciting progress in educational achievement

Education Minister Hekia Parata says a regional breakdown showing the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 rising in each of the country’s 16 local body regions is exciting.

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23 July, 2015

SmartGates to more than double

Over $6 million from the Future Investment Fund will go towards expanding and modernising SmartGate at our borders to help manage increasing numbers of travellers, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner.

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23 July, 2015

New world-class framework for UAVs

New rules on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will enable innovation and put New Zealand at the forefront of regulating a rapidly evolving industry, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say.

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22 July, 2015

Labour's Environment Bill a bad joke

Labour is exposing itself to ridicule with its Environmental Protection Authority (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill, which passed its first reading in the House today, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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22 July, 2015

Minister announces appointments to boards

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he is pleased to announce appointments to two transport-related boards.

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22 July, 2015

KiwiSaver membership grows to over 2,530,000

The number of KiwiSaver enrolments continues to rise in the over-18 year old target population, with an additional 11,656 members in the month of June, Finance Minister Bill English and Revenue Minister Todd McClay say.

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22 July, 2015

District Health Boards scoop IPANZ awards

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated the DHBs which have taken home half of the annual public service awards, including the prestigious Prime Minister's award.

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22 July, 2015

Community groups to gain skilled professionals

Applications open today for community groups to gain a skilled professional free of charge to work in their organisation for up to a year says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew.

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22 July, 2015

Minister celebrates public service excellence

Greater collaboration and strategic thinking by the public sector is delivering real benefits for the public, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says.

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22 July, 2015

Next steps for Western East Cape Schools

Education Minister Hekia Parata has initiated a second round of consultation over the future of Raukokore School, Te Kura o Ōmaio and Te Whānau-a-Apanui Area School in Western East Cape.

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22 July, 2015

More meth seized at border

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulated Customs on the high number of drug seizures at the border over the past six months, which has kept up to $246 million of methamphetamine off New Zealand streets.

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22 July, 2015

Commerce Commission appointments announced

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced two new appointments to the Commerce Commission.

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22 July, 2015

Callaghan Innovation board appointments

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of Alan (Al) Monro to the Callaghan Innovation Board.

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22 July, 2015

Successful first year for hi-tech start-ups

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today welcomed a successful first year for innovative start-ups receiving repayable grants from the new technology incubators funded through Callaghan Innovation.

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22 July, 2015

New guidance for prostate cancer care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new clinical guidance will help reduce the harm caused by unnecessary treatments for men with low-risk prostate cancer.

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21 July, 2015

Further consultation on improving resolution of Accident Compensation appeals

Courts Minister Amy Adams and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye have today announced further consultation on the proposed Accident Compensation Appeal Tribunal.

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21 July, 2015

Former Chief of Army will be missed

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has paid tribute to Major General Louis Gardiner, who died on Saturday.

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21 July, 2015

Road safety measures confirmed

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett and Transport Minister Simon Bridges are clarifying the power that local councils and other road controlling authorities (RCAs) have to set speed limits through their bylaws.

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