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20 August, 2015

Thirty Year Infrastructure Plan Released

The Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015 sets out New Zealand’s response to the infrastructure challenges we will face over the next three decades, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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19 August, 2015

Health Practitioners Bill passes first reading

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says patients and families will benefit from a Bill which will enable a wider range of suitable health practitioners to undertake certain functions currently restricted to medical practitioners.

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19 August, 2015

One month left for councils to get digital enablement plans sorted

Local authorities have four more weeks to submit a digital enablement plan outlining how they will take advantage of new investment from the Government’s broadband extension, Communications Minister Amy Adams says.

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19 August, 2015

Access to medicines continues to improve

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says New Zealanders access to medicines continued to improve in 2014/15.

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19 August, 2015

Dairy diversification opportunities in SE Asia

Growing consumer demand in South East Asia offers plenty of opportunity for the New Zealand dairy industry to increase its exports of consumer-ready products into the region, a new report shows.

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19 August, 2015

Extra ACC hearing loss support well received

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye says she’s pleased with the positive uptake of the enhanced support for hearing loss that ACC introduced just over twelve months ago.

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19 August, 2015

PM acknowledges passing of George Gair

Prime Minister John Key has today acknowledged the passing of former National Party MP and Deputy Leader George Gair.

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19 August, 2015

Healthy lifestyle initiative helping more diabetics

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a growing number of New Zealanders with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes are receiving support and advice through the Green Prescriptions initiative.

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18 August, 2015

Tourism boosting South Island’s economy

Big increases in South Island’s tourist numbers are contributing to strong regional growth rates, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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18 August, 2015

Foss welcomes in-flight support for road safety

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming two new in-flight initiatives to help international visitors keep themselves and others safe on New Zealand roads.

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18 August, 2015

Minister welcomes Auditor-General inquiry

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the announcement that the Auditor-General will look at the Saudi Food Security Partnership and Agrihub project.

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18 August, 2015

NZ expresses condolences after Bangkok blast

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has expressed condolences to the victims and families affected by the explosion at Erawan Shrine in Central Bangkok last night (midnight Monday NZT).

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18 August, 2015

More surgical assessments leading to more ops

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more New Zealanders are getting their First Surgical Assessment, and faster, compared to seven years ago.

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18 August, 2015

Online GST discussion document released

Revenue Minister, Todd McClay, today released a discussion document on the collection of GST for online purchases.

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17 August, 2015

Wanaka lake weed reduced by two thirds

Lake Wanaka is healthier than it has been in decades, thanks to weed control work led by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Minister for Land Information Louise Upston said today.

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17 August, 2015

McCully to Cambodia and Lao PDR

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic this week for a range of meetings to mark the 40th anniversary of New Zealand’s formal partnership with ASEAN.

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17 August, 2015

Public consultation opens on proposed merger of two Canterbury Polytechnics

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today opened public consultation on the proposed merger of Aoraki Polytechnic and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).

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16 August, 2015

Maintenance work makes properties healthier

Housing New Zealand’s maintenance programme is making its properties warmer and healthier for vulnerable New Zealanders, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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16 August, 2015

New milestone for schools’ Managed Network

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye is pleased to announce that in the next few days, 2000 schools will be connected to the government-funded N4L Managed Network, giving them fast, reliable internet.

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15 August, 2015

Best of luck to the Silver Ferns – go get ‘em

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman is wishing the Silver Ferns the best of luck as they head into the final weekend of the Netball World Cup.

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14 August, 2015

More opportunities for specialist nurses

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more clinical nurse specialists are providing specialist care and expert advice.

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14 August, 2015

Central Plains Water irrigation scheme opens in Canterbury

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the official opening of Stage 1 of the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme in Canterbury today, which has the potential to create more than $1 billion in new economic activity.

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14 August, 2015

Building Code information to be more accessible

The Government is investing in a single website for all Building Code information to make it easier to access and comply with building regulations, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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14 August, 2015

$10 million in drinking-water subsidies for small communities

More than 6,000 people in small communities around New Zealand are set to benefit from improved drinking-water supplies thanks to the latest round of Government subsidies. This was the final funding round for the drinking-water subsidy scheme, a ten-year programme aiming to help small, disadvantaged communities establish or improve their drinking-water supplies.

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14 August, 2015

Christchurch Hospital’s new building on track

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the development of the Acute Services Building at Christchurch Hospital is progressing well.

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14 August, 2015

Appointments to the Real Estate Agents Authority

Associate Minister of Justice, Simon Bridges, has announced a number of appointments to the Real Estate Agents Authority.

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14 August, 2015

Cook Islands Prime Minister to visit New Zealand

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna will visit New Zealand as part of the celebrations marking 50 years of the special relationship between our two countries, Prime Minister John Key says.

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14 August, 2015

Economy benefits from strong tourism growth

Impressive growth in tourist guest nights has benefits for the wider economy, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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14 August, 2015

NZ engineering team to help with Nepal rebuild

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand has sent a team of 15 earthquake engineers to Nepal to assist with the rebuild following the massive quakes which hit the country earlier this year.

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14 August, 2015

Support extended for drought-affected South Island

Support for the drought-affected eastern South Island has been extended with an extra $100,000 for Rural Support Trusts and the medium scale event officially extended to February next year, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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