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8 April, 2015

Applications open for 2016 Fellowships

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has announced that applications for the 2016 Churchill Fellowships are now open.

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8 April, 2015

Research project to improve literacy outcomes

Education Minister Hekia Parata says some of the country’s youngest students are the focus of literacy research by experts from Massey University.

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8 April, 2015

$5m school digital advisory service launched

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the launch of a new advisory service aimed at helping schools make the most of rapidly expanding opportunities for digital learning.

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7 April, 2015

Gallipoli preparations on the home straight

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says final preparations for the centenary commemorations at Gallipoli this Anzac Day are well underway, with the Gallipoli 2015 ballot now complete.

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7 April, 2015

Minister Joyce to visit China

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves for Shanghai, China, this evening to foster ties between the two countries’ marine, education and technology sectors.

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7 April, 2015

Record summer passenger, trade volumes

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says the 2014-2015 summer season saw record numbers of passengers and goods cross New Zealand’s border.

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7 April, 2015

Much better start of year for Novopay

Minister Responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce, has congratulated school administrators and Novopay staff and contractors for the strongest result yet for the busiest payroll period in the school year.

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7 April, 2015

Māori & Pasifika Trades Training expands

The Government today announced further expansion of the Māori & Pasifika Trades Training initiative with the selection of three new consortia to join the scheme.

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7 April, 2015

Food Safety focus for World Health Day 2015

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed news that food safety is the focus of World Health Day today.

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3 April, 2015

NZ welcomes Iran nuclear talks breakthrough

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed news that an agreement has been reached which lays out parameters for a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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2 April, 2015

Crackdown on child exploitation passes unanimously

A Bill to better protect children from sexual exploitation passed its final reading in Parliament today with unanimous support.

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2 April, 2015

Social Security Amendment Bill passes final reading

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says an amendment bill passed in Parliament today addresses ambiguities and technical errors in the Social Security Act.

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2 April, 2015

ISTP impressed with IES

Education Minister Hekia Parata is returning to New Zealand after attending the International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) in Canada.

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2 April, 2015

$6.3m upgrade for Mahurangi College Warkworth

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today that work has begun on a $6.3 million property upgrade at Mahurangi College in Warkworth, North Auckland.

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2 April, 2015

Celebrating people with autism

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says World Autism Awareness Day is an opportunity to celebrate people with Autism Spectrum Disorder while highlighting ways to improve their quality of life.

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2 April, 2015

Deed of Settlement signed with Hineuru

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Hineuru at Parliament, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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2 April, 2015

New B4SC resources to boost participation

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new Before School Check resources aim to further increase participation in the free programme.

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2 April, 2015

Stay safe this Easter

No matter what you get up to over the Easter break, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe on the road, water and around trains by following a few simple steps, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says.

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2 April, 2015

New hatchery to boost mussel industry

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed a major milestone for the aquaculture industry today with the opening of the country’s first ever hatchery specially designed for mussels.

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1 April, 2015

HomeStart package for 90,000 first home buyers

A Government support package for first home buyers that comes into effect today will help 90,000 lower and middle income people into home ownership over the next five years, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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1 April, 2015

Surge in New Zealand’s broadband speeds

Latest international figures on broadband speeds have reported New Zealand’s average connection speeds have increased by almost 60 per cent in the past year, said Communications Minister Amy Adams.

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1 April, 2015

Nominations open for Sign Language Board

Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner today encouraged nominations to the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board to help NZSL users reach their potential.

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1 April, 2015

130 new rheumatic fever drop-in clinics opening

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 75 new free drop-in sore throat clinics are now up and running in Waikato and Northland, and a further 55 clinics will soon be opening.

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1 April, 2015

Forestry projects identify practical solutions

New Zealand’s forestry sector will benefit from five new projects in the latest round of the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew announced today.

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1 April, 2015

$7.8m for new sustainable farming projects

29 new projects have been approved for $7.8 million in new funding over four years through the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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1 April, 2015

Changes to provide more support for families

Additional support for families through an extension to Paid Parental Leave and an increase to the minimum wage comes into effect today, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

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1 April, 2015

Countdown to NZ hosting FIFA U-20 World Cup

Following a hugely successful ICC Cricket World Cup, Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says the countdown is now on for football’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

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1 April, 2015

Levy cuts signal ACC scheme in good shape

The levy cuts that take effect today are a further sign of the sound financial management of ACC under this government, says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye.

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1 April, 2015

Crime falls for fifth year in a row

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes crime data released today showing recorded crime has dropped by more than 100,000 offences over the last five years.

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1 April, 2015

Independent expert panel to lead major CYF overhaul

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that an independent panel has been established to lead a complete overhaul of Child, Youth and Family, to ensure that the agency delivers the best possible results for vulnerable children and their families in the decades ahead.

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