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10 December, 2014

An outstanding year in the House

Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee says the Government is very pleased with its busy and productive legislative year, which ended with Parliament’s adjournment this afternoon.

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10 December, 2014

Minister marks smokefree anniversary

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says the 10 year anniversary of the passing of the Smoke-free Environments Act is a good opportunity to look forward to further gains in tobacco control.

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10 December, 2014

Growth Grants to lift NZ’s business R&D spend

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the latest companies to meet eligibility criteria for research and development (R&D) Growth Grants administered by Callaghan Innovation.

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10 December, 2014

One week left for student applicants

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew is reminding students to apply for their 2015 Student Allowance and Loan by Tuesday 16 December.

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10 December, 2014

SmartGate welcomes Canadian travellers

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner announced today that SmartGate is now open to Canadian ePassport holders.

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10 December, 2014

Govt to consider capping Building Consent Authority liability

The Government is to consider capping Building Consent Authority liability in negligence cases for building failure following the Law Commission’s review into how liability is distributed among multiple defendants who are found to have caused the same damage.

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10 December, 2014

Core principle of joint and several liability rule to be retained

Justice Minister Amy Adams says the core principle of the joint and several liability rule is sound and will remain in place, but further work will consider the need for any targeted amendments.

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10 December, 2014

Minister welcomes Waitangi Day events

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has today welcomed the confirmation of a series of nationwide events to mark the 175th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi in 2015.

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10 December, 2014

Minister welcomes Ministry-NZEI agreement

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed an agreement between the Ministry of Education and NZEI to jointly work on ways to help raise educational outcomes.

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10 December, 2014

Graduate nurses finding jobs sooner

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more graduate nurses are obtaining jobs sooner as a result of the nationwide recruitment system.

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10 December, 2014

NZ to ratify Maritime Labour Convention

New Zealand will ratify the Maritime Labour Convention to ensure fair treatment of seafarers and protect the reputation of New Zealand exports, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss announced today.

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10 December, 2014

Below forecast revenue highlights challenge

Government revenue continues to grow more slowly than forecast in the Budget, again highlighting the challenge of returning to surplus this year, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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10 December, 2014

Advisory Group on early learning pathway

Education Minister Hekia Parata has appointed an advisory group to help children get the best possible start to their early learning and schooling.

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9 December, 2014

Achievers recognised at PM’s Pacific Youth Awards

Five outstanding young Pacific New Zealanders have taken out this year’s Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, which is an initiative recognising high achievement among young leaders.

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9 December, 2014

Foreign fighters legislation passes

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the passing of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill in Parliament tonight.

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9 December, 2014

Drug bust sends a strong message

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulated the Customs Service for their role in the interception of a shipment of liquid methamphetamine.

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9 December, 2014

Work to continue on trialling online voting

The Government has agreed to continue work to enable a small number of local authorities to trial online voting, Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston said today.

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9 December, 2014

First Revision Programme of Statutes Begins

The first revision programme of statutes has been presented to the House of Representatives, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today. “This is a banner day for the New Zealand statute books,” said Mr Finlayson. “It is the start of a systematic programme of statute revision which will make the law clearer and more accessible for New Zealanders. There has not been a major revision and consolidation of our legislation since 1908.”

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9 December, 2014

New cancer plan to ensure better, faster care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched a national three year Cancer Plan at Wellington Hospital.

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9 December, 2014

Public service trust and satisfaction continues to rise

State Services Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed the latest Kiwis Count survey results, showing the levels of trust and satisfaction New Zealanders have in the frontline public services they use continues to increase.

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9 December, 2014

Govt awards 15 new oil and gas permits

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the award of 15 new oil and gas exploration permits as a result of Block Offer 2014.

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9 December, 2014

Minister welcomes new Director of Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye welcomes the appointment of Sarah Stuart-Black, the new Director at the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).

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9 December, 2014

Gallantry Awards recognise NZSAS

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced the awarding of nine New Zealand Gallantry Awards that recognise the outstanding courage shown by members of 1NZSAS Regiment while serving in Afghanistan.

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9 December, 2014

New episode of Common Ground launched

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today launched a new episode of the innovative online drama Common Ground, part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.

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9 December, 2014

Greater Christchurch residents more positive, less stressed

Visible rebuild progress in Christchurch is helping to boost people’s quality of life, says Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Nicky Wagner.

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9 December, 2014

NZ named best tourist destination

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key says the Government’s investment in tourism is paying off with New Zealand voted the top country in the 2014 Telegraph Travel Awards, for the third year in a row.

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9 December, 2014

Government welcomes final WPC report

The Government has welcomed the final report from the independent inquiry into last year’s whey protein concentrate (WPC) incident, and will be accepting all of its recommendations.

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8 December, 2014

New technology centre to help foster innovation


Police Minister Michael Woodhouse today opened the Mobility Innovation Lab and Experience Centre which will help Police, government and business develop mobile tools and technology that benefit New Zealand.

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8 December, 2014

First communities of schools a big win for kids

Education Minister Hekia Parata has approved the first communities of schools, saying they are a big win for thousands of New Zealand kids.

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8 December, 2014

Youth addiction services access hits target

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says young people are now able to access specialist help for alcohol and drug problems more quickly.

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