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5 November, 2014

Reducing poverty needs a united approach

Speaking after the UNICEF Big Picture Art Exhibition in Parliament today the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell described child and whānau poverty “as a crisis that demands all political parties and agencies to work together on reducing the inequities in our country.”

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5 November, 2014

Pacific arts celebrated and honoured

The amazing range of Pacific arts in New Zealand was celebrated tonight at an award ceremony in Wellington.

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5 November, 2014

Little blue penguin is the vote of choice

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has cast her vote for the little blue penguin in Forest & Bird’s Seabird of the Year 2014.

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5 November, 2014

New era for Far North and West Auckland iwi

A new chapter in a 30-year effort by iwi in the Far North to seek redress for Crown breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi began in Parliament today with the introduction of the Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill.

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5 November, 2014

More Pacific women benefit from gaining jobs

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed news that Pacific women are benefiting from the strengthening economy.

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5 November, 2014

Pharmac delivering more medicines for Kiwis

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an additional 42,885 New Zealanders benefited from Pharmac’s decisions on funded medicines in 2013/14.

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5 November, 2014

President of China to visit New Zealand

The President of the People’s Republic of China, HE Xi Jinping, is to make an extended visit to New Zealand following the G20 meeting of world leaders in Australia next week.

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5 November, 2014

Canadian Prime Minister to visit New Zealand

Prime Minister John Key has announced Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make an official visit to New Zealand next week.

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5 November, 2014

German Chancellor to visit New Zealand

Prime Minister John Key has announced German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit New Zealand next week ahead of the G20 meeting of world leaders in Australia.

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5 November, 2014

Groser to attend APEC Ministerial Meeting

Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for China to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting of Ministers Responsible for Trade. Mr Groser will join trade ministers from 20 other APEC economies in Beijing from November 7-8.

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5 November, 2014

Steady job growth lowers unemployment to 5.4%

Steady job growth in the September quarter has lowered New Zealand’s unemployment rate to 5.4 per cent in the latest Household Labour Force Survey, the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009.

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5 November, 2014

Aid and diplomatic effort to combat ISIL

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will increase its humanitarian support for refugees from Syria and Iraq and ramp up diplomatic efforts to address the rise of ISIL.

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5 November, 2014

No combat role in Iraq

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed today that the New Zealand Government has ruled out sending troops in a combat role to Iraq.

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5 November, 2014

Protecting national security and responding to ISIL

Prime Minister John Key has announced the Government’s response to threats against New Zealand’s national security posed by growing international terrorism.

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5 November, 2014

$5.4 million for school wireless connections

On a visit today to Clifton Terrace Model School in Wellington, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced funding of $5.4 million to enable upgrades to improve wireless connectivity for more than 400 schools.

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5 November, 2014

Applications open for new $2m Māori Innovation Fund

Minister for Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell has announced that applications for a $2 million per annum fund, Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund are now open.

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5 November, 2014

Promoting pension portability in the Pacific

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley welcomes the first reading of legislation to allow greater flexibility for people to move to the Cook Islands, Niue, or Tokelau, and receive New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran’s Pension.

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4 November, 2014

Corrections’ Partner of Year award presented

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has presented Corrections’ inaugural Partner of the Year award to Housing New Zealand.

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4 November, 2014

New Zealand and Sri Lanka strengthen ties through milk and cricket

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has finished the first leg of a six day mission to Sri Lanka and India this week, promoting trade and New Zealand’s co-hosting of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.

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4 November, 2014

Bill to modernise New Zealand’s trade rules passes third reading

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the passage of the Trade (Safeguard Measures) Bill.

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4 November, 2014

Bill to crack down on organised crime

A new Bill to combat organised crime and corruption passed its first reading with unanimous support in Parliament today.

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4 November, 2014

Minister congratulates conservation innovators

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated the winners of the inaugural Conservation Innovation Awards.

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4 November, 2014

Standards system bill goes to select committee

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the next step in reforms aimed at enhancing the sustainability of the New Zealand Standards system.

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4 November, 2014

New regulations for financial markets approved

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced the approval of the phase two regulations of the Financial Markets Conduct Act. The regulations come into effect on 1 December 2014.

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4 November, 2014

Time to pay tribute to our volunteer managers

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew will be celebrating International Day for Volunteer Managers tomorrow.

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4 November, 2014

Next step in social investment focus

The Government remains committed to its social investment approach to improve services for New Zealanders most in need, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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4 November, 2014

$56m in Marsden funding for top NZ researchers

New Zealand’s top researchers will receive $56 million in Marsden Fund grants over the next three years as a result of funding decisions announced today, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says.

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4 November, 2014

Competition honours 28th Māori Battalion

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the winners of The Challenge, a creative school competition honouring one of New Zealand’s finest fighting forces, the 28th Māori Battalion.

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4 November, 2014

New Consul-General to New Caledonia named

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today named diplomat Justin Fepuleai as New Zealand’s next Consul-General to New Caledonia. He will also be accredited to French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna.

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4 November, 2014

New Ambassador to Egypt appointed

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Barney Riley as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Egypt.

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