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17 July, 2015

NZ remembers anniversary of MH17 downing

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with the victims of the MH17 tragedy and their families on the first anniversary of the flight going down.

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17 July, 2015

Labour re-announces Government announcement

Acting Minister of Finance Steven Joyce has congratulated Labour Party Leader Andrew Little on finally announcing his first “new” policy after eight months in the job, although unfortunately for Labour it’s a cut and paste of a previous Government announcement.

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17 July, 2015

Benefit data lowest for June quarter since GFC

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the latest benefit figures show the number of people receiving welfare is the lowest for any June quarter since before the Global Financial Crisis.

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17 July, 2015

$100m-plus transportable classroom deal signed

A contract has been signed with the consortium Interlink which will provide over $100 million worth of modern, multi-purpose, transportable classrooms over ten years, says Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye.

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16 July, 2015

NZ-Japan commitment to geothermal energy

Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, says a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today will strengthen the strategic partnership in renewable energy research and development between New Zealand and Japan.

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16 July, 2015

Language Line use continues to grow

More than 1000 people a week are now using the telephone interpreter service Language Line, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says.

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16 July, 2015

ICT Graduate Schools announced in Auckland and Christchurch

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today announced the successful hosts of the first two new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate Schools to be established in Auckland and Christchurch.

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16 July, 2015

Pacific Peoples Advisory Council appointed

A former government minister and a former TVNZ reporter are among the new faces in the council that advises Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.

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16 July, 2015

McCully to New York for UNSC Presidency

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to New York this weekend to support New Zealand’s Presidency of the United Nations Security Council.

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15 July, 2015

Minister welcomes Tourism Industry Association partnership

A new partnership between the Department of Conservation and New Zealand’s largest tourism industry organisation will benefit both our natural environment and the economy, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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15 July, 2015

Register to keep tabs on deported offenders up and running

Efforts to improve the oversight, supervision and support for offenders deported to New Zealand, particularly from Australia, are making good headway, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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15 July, 2015

Kaipara community supported by Commissioners

Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston says she is pleased good progress is being made in Kaipara.

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15 July, 2015

Lake Taupō water quality plan three years ahead of schedule

A joint Government and council initiative to reduce nitrogen leaching into Lake Taupō by 20 per cent, or 170 tonnes per year, has achieved its goal three years ahead of schedule, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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15 July, 2015

Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships awarded

Twelve senior executives and business owners have been given the opportunity to attend the world’s most prestigious business schools after receiving Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships.

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15 July, 2015

Draft Victoria Square restoration plan released for feedback

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner has today released the Draft Victoria Square Restoration Plan which focuses on retaining and enhancing the Square’s existing character.

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15 July, 2015

Corrections ministers meet in Darwin

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will meet his Australian state counterparts this week to discuss how current policies and practices are working in the Australasian prison system.

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15 July, 2015

An extra month to get free influenza vaccines

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the 2015 seasonal influenza immunisation programme will be extended from 31 July to the end of August.

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15 July, 2015

New Zealand welcomes historic nuclear deal

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed news that agreement has been reached on a nuclear deal between Iran, the Five Permanent (P5) members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany.

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14 July, 2015

New appointment to Arts Council

Andrew Caisley from Auckland has been appointed a member of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry announced today.

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14 July, 2015

Historic claimants taking up fast-track option

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says 81 per cent of historic claimants who have been made fast-track offers to date have accepted the offer to settle their claim.

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14 July, 2015

Minister commends firefighters deploying to Canada

Internal Affairs Minister Hon Peter Dunne is praising the sixteen firefighters from New Zealand’s rural fire authorities that deploy to Canada tonight to help contain raging wildfires in the state of Alberta.

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14 July, 2015

Minister to attend Melbourne Threatened Species Summit

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is in Melbourne this week to attend the inaugural Threatened Species Summit.

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14 July, 2015

WTO procurement agreement opens up the world for Kiwi companies

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser today announced that New Zealand has finalised its accession to the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), and it will come into effect next month.

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14 July, 2015

Attorney-General satisfied with conduct of Crown Law

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today announced he is satisfied with the conduct of Crown Law in relation to R v Banks.

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13 July, 2015

Wayne Marriott appointed to Heritage NZ board and Māori Heritage Council

Wayne Marriott JP has been appointed to the board of Heritage New Zealand and the Māori Heritage Council, replacing the late Sir Ian Athfield, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry announced today.

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13 July, 2015

New moves to tighten swamp kauri management

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed a range of new operational changes announced today to improve the transparency, clarity and enforcement of rules around swamp kauri.

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13 July, 2015

NZVIF support for early stage investment extended

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Government is extending its underwrite of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF) through to 2022.

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13 July, 2015

Global anti-money laundering meeting held in Auckland

New Zealand has a key role to play in global efforts to combat money laundering and counter the financing of terrorism, Justice Minister Amy Adams said at the opening of the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering in Auckland today.

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13 July, 2015

English to China this week

Finance Minister Bill English is undertaking a long-planned visit to China this week, focusing on the economic developments taking place in China’s inland regions and what this means for New Zealand.

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12 July, 2015

Addressing zero-hour contracts

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced a package of measures to prevent unfair employment practices such as ‘zero-hour contracts’.

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