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7 April, 2014

Businesses and households to save from new energy efficiency initiatives

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions.

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6 April, 2014

New Zealand sending aid flight to Solomons

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced further support for the response to severe flooding in Solomon Islands.

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6 April, 2014

McCully to visit Papua New Guinea

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to Papua New Guinea today for a visit focused on fostering business links and support for renewable energy projects.

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4 April, 2014

NZ responds to Solomons flooding

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced an initial contribution of $300,000 to support the immediate response to severe flooding in Solomon Islands.

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4 April, 2014

More success for PGP programmes

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming success by three Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programmes this week, including an award nomination for a revolutionary seafood programme.

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4 April, 2014

Woodhouse to attend veterans’ summit in US

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse will travel to the United States next week to attend an international summit aimed at improving the lives of war veterans and their families.

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4 April, 2014

First month of flu vaccination a great success

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the news that already over 654,000 influenza vaccines have been distributed to New Zealanders.

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4 April, 2014

Resource Management Survey shows need for second phase of RMA reforms

The 2012/13 Resource Management Survey shows the Government’s first phase of RMA reforms aimed at improving consenting processes are paying off, however further reform of our planning frameworks is still required.

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4 April, 2014

New Zealand officially best in the world

People around the globe are learning this week what Kiwis know – New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world, says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

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4 April, 2014

EthnicA calls ethnic Kiwis to leadership

The 2014 series of EthnicA conferences kicks off in Hamilton tomorrow and Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins is stressing the importance of diverse leadership for New Zealand’s success.

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4 April, 2014

New marker added to rate DHB safety

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today welcomed data on Surgical Site Infections (SSI), which has been added to DHBs quarterly reporting on Quality and Safety Markers.

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4 April, 2014

KickStart Breakfast kicks up a notch

Social Development Minister, Paula Bennett, announced that the KickStart Breakfast programme has served more than 1.5 million breakfasts since government support expanded the programme last May.

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3 April, 2014

Minister announces new DHB appointments

Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced new appointments to two District Health Boards.

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3 April, 2014

Te Ture Whenua Māori Act review report released

The Government is drafting a new Te Ture Whenua Māori bill to reform the governance and management of Māori land based on the findings of an expert review panel released today, Associate Minister of Māori Affairs Christopher Finlayson has announced.

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3 April, 2014

Conferences continue to empower victims

Restorative justice conferences continue to have a positive impact on reducing crime and empowering victims, Justice Minister Judith Collins says.

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3 April, 2014

Benefits cut for 21,000 overseas travellers

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says more than 21,000 people have had their benefit cut for travelling overseas since July last year.

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3 April, 2014

SmartGate opens to arriving UK & US travellers

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson today announced SmartGate is now open to United Kingdom and American travellers on arrival.

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2 April, 2014

$32 million for better support for people with autism

Health Minister Tony Ryall and Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia have today announced the government is investing an extra $32 million over four years so more people with autism receive support to lead full lives.

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2 April, 2014

New PNG High Commissioner announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that diplomat Tony Fautua will be New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea.

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2 April, 2014

Improved data access to deliver benefits

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson today welcomed the decision by Statistics New Zealand to reduce fees for academic researchers using its Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) platform.

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2 April, 2014

Minister congratulates outgoing Commissioner

Police Minister Anne Tolley has congratulated Police Commissioner Peter Marshall on his long and distinguished career serving the New Zealand public, as he prepares to retire from the service.

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2 April, 2014

NZTE to boost trade presence in China, S. America & Middle East

The Government is to boost NZTE's trade presence in China, South America and the Middle East to help more New Zealand firms break into these growing markets.

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2 April, 2014

McCully announces new Ambassador to ASEAN

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today named diplomat Stephanie Lee as New Zealand’s first dedicated Ambassador the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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2 April, 2014

New Youth Citizenship awards announced

Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye is today asking New Zealanders to recognise outstanding young community members and nominate them for a Youth Week 2014 Award.

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2 April, 2014

New Zealand ranks fourth for enabling trade

Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomes the release of a report by the World Economic Forum ranking New Zealand fourth in the world for enabling trade.

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2 April, 2014

2014 Oil and Gas Block Offer released

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today launched the third annual Block Offer for oil and gas exploration.

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1 April, 2014

Government Announces North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency

Te Pou Matakana - a new organisation born from the National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) has been selected to establish the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for Te Ika a Māui (North Island) announced Minister for Whānau Ora, Tariana Turia today.

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1 April, 2014

Ambitious new PGP programme for avocado industry

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming an ambitious new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme for the avocado industry, which aims to triple productivity and quadruple returns by 2023.

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1 April, 2014

Eminent Lotteries Grants Committee member passes away

Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Peter Dunne was saddened to learn today the passing of Beverley Grammer, Presiding Member of the Lottery Individuals with Disabilities Committee.

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1 April, 2014

Criteria finalised for NZ Screen Production Grant

The Government has released the criteria for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) that comes into effect from today.

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