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26 June, 2015

High level visitors for World Humanitarian Summit

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the leaders and dignitaries who will visit Auckland next week for the World Humanitarian Summit Pacific.

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26 June, 2015

UFB clocks up 100,000 connected customers

Communications Minister Amy Adams today unveiled the 100,000th user to benefit from the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) rollout.

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25 June, 2015

Bill to strengthen property tax rules passes first reading

A bill which will help Inland Revenue enforce the tax rules around property has passed its first reading in Parliament today.

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25 June, 2015

Govt delivers $333 million urban cycleways

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has today announced a $333 million cycleways investment that he says will change the face of cycling in New Zealand.

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25 June, 2015

New Financial Reporting Standards success

The roadshows held across New Zealand to promote the New Reporting Standards for charities have been a huge success says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew.

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25 June, 2015

Significant drop in pneumococcal disease rates

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says since the pneumococcal vaccine was introduced in 2008 there have been approximately 600 fewer cases of invasive pneumococcal disease in children under five.

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25 June, 2015

New fund inspires new approaches to learning

“Forty one projects have won funding worth a total of about $2.6 million in the first round of grants from the Teacher-Led Innovation Fund,” says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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25 June, 2015

Reappointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today announced the reappointment of David Noble as Chief Parliamentary Counsel to 6 May 2016.

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24 June, 2015

New on-body cameras for Corrections officers

On-body cameras for frontline Corrections staff are being rolled out at the same time as new lightweight stab-resistant body armour, Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced.

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24 June, 2015

Rebuilding transport links priority for Govt

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he has tasked his agencies with putting all available resources into the repair and reinstatement of the lower North Island’s storm-damaged transport networks.

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24 June, 2015

Extending Canterbury accommodation support

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that the Temporary Accommodation Assistance (TAA) programme for Canterbury residents affected by earthquakes is to be extended.

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24 June, 2015

Bill to extend Youth Service introduced

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has introduced a bill extending the Youth Service to 19 year old parents and other 18 and 19 year olds at risk of long term welfare dependence.

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24 June, 2015

Lower tobacco duty free limit yields results

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs has destroyed over 2.5 tonnes of abandoned tobacco and collected $1.35 million in additional duty and taxes since the drop in tobacco duty free limits last November.

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24 June, 2015

More road safety info for visiting drivers

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming an initiative to provide road safety messages to every visitor from China travelling on a general visitor visa.

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23 June, 2015

EEZ Amendment Bill passes third reading

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed Parliament’s passage of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill, which will allow existing petroleum operators to continue operating while their marine consent is being considered by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

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23 June, 2015

$290,000 for Kapiti conservation project

The Government is providing a $290,000 Community Environment Fund grant for a project aimed at protecting and restoring biodiversity on the Kapiti Coast, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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23 June, 2015

New appointments to Sport New Zealand Board

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced two new appointments to the Sport New Zealand Board.

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23 June, 2015

Medium-scale adverse event declared for primary sector in lower North Island

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today declared the flooding in the lower North Island as being a medium-scale adverse event for the primary sector.

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23 June, 2015

New report shows economic power of seniors

A new report has highlighted the economic influence of older people in New Zealand, Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry says.

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23 June, 2015

Bill to strengthen property tax rules introduced

Revenue Minister Todd McClay and Land Information Minister Louise Upston have welcomed the introduction of a new bill which will help Inland Revenue enforce the tax rules around property.

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22 June, 2015

Cancer Core named health volunteer of the year

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced that Cancer Core, a group of students from the University of Otago, is the overall winner of the 2015 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

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22 June, 2015

Extra support for Whanganui

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced extra support for Whanganui after extensive flooding over the weekend.

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22 June, 2015

Government support for communities affected by storm

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says the government will contribute significant support to areas affected by the severe storm over the past five days.

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21 June, 2015

Prosecutions a major blow for IUU fishing in Southern Ocean

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today hailed the action taken by Spain against those responsible for illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing as giant step forward in the fight to protect the Southern Ocean.

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21 June, 2015

Volunteers supporting Cook Islands culture

The volunteers behind a project to improve the lives of Cook Islanders living in Auckland have been recognised for their work this National Volunteer Week.

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21 June, 2015

Young and old volunteering for conservation

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner says Volunteer Week is a chance to celebrate the fact that people at all stages of their life are stepping up to volunteer their time to preserve New Zealand’s natural heritage.

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21 June, 2015

Lending a hand to kiwis on Limestone Island

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is celebrating National Volunteer Week today on Limestone Island (also referred to as Matakohe Island) where the kiwi population continues to flourish.

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21 June, 2015

Taranaki, Wanganui, Rangitikei update

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says states of local emergency were declared in Taranaki, Wanganui and Rangitikei yesterday to enable people to be evacuated to safety.

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21 June, 2015

SMEs focus for Connect Smart Week

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the second annual Connect Smart Awareness Week is a reminder to be vigilant about online security.

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21 June, 2015

Time to thank New Zealand’s largest work force

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is congratulating New Zealand’s largest workforce this week, the volunteer community, as National Volunteer Week kicks off.

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