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7 November, 2014

Crime rate continues to fall against BPS targets

The Justice Sector has continued to make progress against its Better Public Service targets with further decreases to the total crime rate and youth crime in the latest quarter, Justice Minister Amy Adams said today.

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7 November, 2014

National Oral Health Day sees progress in children’s oral health

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, in marking National Oral Health Day today, says additional investment in child dental services has seen a major improvement in our children’s oral health, but there is more to do.

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7 November, 2014

Recognising excellence in foster care

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today presented awards honouring ten foster care families at Government House in Wellington.

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7 November, 2014

Two new projects to attract tourists to NZ

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key today announced the Government is co-investing in two new projects as part of the Tourism Growth Partnership.

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7 November, 2014

$500,000 Youth Financial Literacy Fund

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the opening of a Financial Literacy Fund to support organisations to deliver financial literacy skills to young people.

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7 November, 2014

Delivering better cancer care for Northlanders

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today opened the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre in Whangarei.

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7 November, 2014

Economy growing but fiscal position challenging

The Crown accounts for the first three months of the current financial year are broadly consistent with forecasts, but at the same time highlight the challenge of returning to surplus, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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7 November, 2014

Travel to NZ made easier for Indian business visitors

Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse say Indian nationals travelling to New Zealand on business will now find it easier and faster to get a visa.

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6 November, 2014

Health Protection Bill passes first hurdle

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the first reading of legislation to make sunbeds R18 and improve the management of serious infectious diseases.

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6 November, 2014

Gambling reform Bill passes First Reading

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says changes to the gambling sector contained in the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3), will see potentially dishonest gambling activities tightened up and red tape reduced. The Bill passed its First Reading today.

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6 November, 2014

Options considered for DHB shared services programme

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government is considering options for moving to the implementation stage of the DHB shared services programme.

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6 November, 2014

Govt to engage with families on next steps at Pike River

The Government has today accepted Solid Energy’s decision not to pursue the Pike River drift re-entry project and committed to working with the Pike River families on next steps for the Pike River site, says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges and Acting Conservation Minister for issues relating to Pike River, Nick Smith.

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6 November, 2014

Rutherford Foundation Trust 2014 Awards

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the recipients of the 2014 Rutherford Foundation Trust Awards.

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6 November, 2014

New Minister reaches out to Māori in the regions

The Minister for Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell is looking forward to a series of regional visits scheduled over the next few months.

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6 November, 2014

3 million KickStart breakfasts served

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley celebrated the success of KickStart breakfasts at Holy Family School today.

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6 November, 2014

100 days to go until the ICC Cricket World Cup

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has marked one hundred days to go until the first match of the Cricket World Cup in Auckland today.

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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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