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25 August, 2015

Air NZ & Cathay Pacific alliance reauthorised

The extension of a strategic alliance between Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific will result in more benefits to travellers than would otherwise have been the case, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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25 August, 2015

Partnerships push New Zealand’s profile abroad

Campaigns promoting New Zealand as an outstanding visitor destination reached more than 1.2 billion people globally last year, Associate Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett says.

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25 August, 2015

Unlisted platform granted exemption from FMCA licencing requirements

Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Paul Goldsmith today announced that the share trading platform Unlisted will be granted an exemption from the licensing requirements of the Financial Markets Conduct Act.

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25 August, 2015

Proposed merger of two Bay of Plenty polytechnics opens for public consultation

Public consultation on the proposed merger of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (BoPP) and the Waiariki Institute of Technology has been opened today by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce.

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25 August, 2015

ED wait times target achieved again

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show the ED target has been met for the second consecutive quarter.

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24 August, 2015

Minister responds to Hauraki Mayor

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has today responded to Hauraki District Council Mayor John Tregidga’s statements about Hauraki Treaty negotiations.

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24 August, 2015

Easter Sunday shop trading law to change

The Government is to enable local communities, through councils, to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced today.

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24 August, 2015

Graduate nurses finding jobs sooner

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more graduate nurses are finding jobs sooner according to the latest figures from the nationwide system which places graduates into the workforce.

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24 August, 2015

Bright-line test targets gains on property sales

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says measures proposed in a tax bill introduced today will improve compliance with the current residential land sale rules and help to ensure that people pay their fair share of tax on gains from property sales.

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24 August, 2015

Women who’ve got a trade have got it made

Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston is highlighting the importance of encouraging women to consider a career in trades during Got a Trade Week.

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24 August, 2015

10 year passports will be delivered early

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today welcomed the Government Administration Select Committee report on 10 year adult passports and the proposed implementation date of 30 November 2015.

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23 August, 2015

Increased focus on rural depression

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have today announced increased training for rural health professionals and community leaders to tackle depression in rural communities.

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23 August, 2015

HomeStart off to successful start

The number of first home buyers accessing Government support for making a deposit on a house has doubled since the Government’s new KiwiSaver HomeStart package took effect on 1 April this year, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said in releasing the first quarterly report today.

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21 August, 2015

Groser to Kuala Lumpur for regional trade talks

Trade Minister Tim Groser travels to Malaysia tonight for a series of meetings including the third Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Meeting, the annual East Asia Summit Economic Ministers’ Meeting, and ASEAN Economic Ministers’ consultations with New Zealand and Australia.

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21 August, 2015

Final section of Western Ring Route a boost for public transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says plans for the northern-most link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route reflect the Government’s commitment to improving public transport in our biggest city.

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21 August, 2015

NZ’s largest snow sport event gets underway

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcome today’s opening of the fourth Winter Games New Zealand in Queenstown.

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21 August, 2015

Young-Cooper named as new Housing NZ Chair

Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English has announced the appointment of Adrienne Young-Cooper as the Chair of Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC).

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21 August, 2015

Record 3 million visitors to New Zealand

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key is delighted with today’s figures showing a record three million visitors came to New Zealand in the past year.

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21 August, 2015

$9.9m Westmere School redevelopment completed

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will visit Westmere School in Auckland this afternoon to mark the completion of a $9.9 million redevelopment.

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20 August, 2015

Stronger air services between NZ and Cambodia

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the signing of an open skies air services agreement with Cambodia will provide improved air links between our two countries.

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20 August, 2015

Foss welcomes reduction in licence wait times

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming a significant reduction in wait times for sitting the restricted and full driver licence tests.

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20 August, 2015

Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council appointments

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye has announced the reappointment of Chair Mark Gilbert and three new appointments which will ensure diverse representation on the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council.

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20 August, 2015

Solid, sustainable growth as economy adjusts

Non-dairy export industries can expect a significant boost in returns in the wake of the fall in the value of the New Zealand dollar over the past year, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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20 August, 2015

Bus Interchange building now complete

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says he’s very pleased to announce the second and final stage of Christchurch’s new $53 million Bus Interchange is now complete and open to the public.

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20 August, 2015

Commerce appointments announced

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced two reappointments to the Takeovers Panel and three reappointments to the Disciplinary Committee under the Financial Advisers Act.

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20 August, 2015

Broadband rollout supporting regional growth

High speed broadband and mobile connectivity is supporting regional growth and innovation across New Zealand, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Communications Minister Amy Adams say.

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20 August, 2015

Tertiary Education Institution council members reappointed

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced 15 reappointments to six Tertiary Education Institution councils. These include appointments to three newly-reconstituted university councils, and three leadership positions at institute of technology or polytechnic councils.

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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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