Go to:

Latest Releases

17 February, 2015

Appointment of GCSB Acting Director

Deputy Solicitor-General Una Jagose has been appointed Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau from 28 February, Minister Responsible for the GCSB, Christopher Finlayson, announced today.

Read full release >>

17 February, 2015

Prison AVL network improves public safety

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed news that the project to install audio visual links (AVL) in prisons is complete.

Read full release >>

17 February, 2015

More success for Primary Growth Partnership

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming more success stories from the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP), with several programmes making big steps forward.

Read full release >>

17 February, 2015

Feedback sought on short-listed Earthquake Memorial designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input today.

Read full release >>

17 February, 2015

Use of Green Prescriptions rocket ahead

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the health benefits of Green Prescriptions continue to be demonstrated, as more and more people take medical advice to get fit and eat well to help tackle their health problems.

Read full release >>

17 February, 2015

More families to get Computers in Homes

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say another 1500 low income families will be provided with computers in 2015/16 through the Computers in Homes programme.

Read full release >>

17 February, 2015

Four Acting District Court Judges Appointed

Four acting District Court Judges have been appointed, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

Read full release >>

17 February, 2015

Stricter laws for repossession agents

Associate Minister of Justice Simon Bridges and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith have today announced strict new laws that will better protect the public from repossession agents engaging in unscrupulous practises.

Read full release >>

17 February, 2015

Driver Licence Stop Orders rake in $20 million

A Government initiative which threatens loss of licence over unpaid fines has brought in an extra $20.4 million since its introduction one year ago, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

Read full release >>

16 February, 2015

Former PPTA president a strong advocate

Education Minister Hekia Parata today paid tribute to Post Primary Teachers Association senior vice president Robin Duff who died this morning in Christchurch.

Read full release >>

16 February, 2015

NZ urges all parties to make Ukraine Ceasefire work

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today called on all parties involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine to abide by the conditions of the ceasefire.

Read full release >>

16 February, 2015

Tukutuku panels take pride of place at the United Nations

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says all New Zealanders can take immense pride in the 43 woven artworks that now grace the walls of the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York.

Read full release >>

16 February, 2015

Japan youth visit grows world-focused leaders

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye is pleased to welcome to New Zealand a delegation of 23 young people from Japan, who will be hosted at Parliament tonight as part of ‘Ship for World Youth 27’.

Read full release >>

16 February, 2015

Australian C17 visiting Wellington

A Royal Australian Air Force C17 Globemaster aircraft will deliver almost 50 tonnes of sandstone to Wellington today to progress construction of the Australian World War One memorial to be located in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

Read full release >>

16 February, 2015

$4.6m School and Year Start grants already paid – deadline soon

More than 9,500 children have received assistance for the start of the school year with grants worth nearly $4.65 million being paid to wider family members caring for children, says Anne Tolley, Minister for Social Development.

Read full release >>

16 February, 2015

Public sector excellence nominations open

State Services Minister Paula Bennett is calling on Government agencies to put forward their nominations for the Deloitte Fujitsu Public Sector Excellence Awards 2015.

Read full release >>

15 February, 2015

McCully to Tonga to meet new government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to Tonga tomorrow to meet with Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and his new government.

Read full release >>

15 February, 2015

SkyCity to amend design of NZICC

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Government and SkyCity have reached agreement on the next stages of the International Convention Centre (NZICC) project.

Read full release >>

15 February, 2015

Host cities welcome Cricket World Cup teams

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman is encouraging people to head along to the ICC Cricket World Cup team welcomes organised by the seven New Zealand host cities.

Read full release >>

13 February, 2015

Programme delivers better hip/knee op recovery

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says patients recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery are spending less time in hospital as a result of a new national quality improvement programme.

Read full release >>

13 February, 2015

Momentum growing for UFB completions

Communications Minister Amy Adams has welcomed three central North Island towns becoming fully-fibred as momentum grows around the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) build.

Read full release >>

13 February, 2015

$20.5m redevelopment for Koru School Mangere

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the government will invest up to $20.5 million in the redevelopment of Koru School in Māngere, Auckland.

Read full release >>

13 February, 2015

2015 Cricket World Cup off to a great start

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has praised last night’s ICC Cricket World Cup opening ceremony, saying it was a spectacular way to start New Zealand’s hosting of a major global sporting event.

Read full release >>

12 February, 2015

New initiatives to help Kiwis connect with science

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced two pilot initiatives to lift New Zealanders’ engagement with science and technology.

Read full release >>

12 February, 2015

Twyford’s U-turn disappointing

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has expressed disappointment in a U-turn by Labour housing spokesperson Phil Twyford, who has been caught backtracking on commitments made to community housing providers last year.

Read full release >>

12 February, 2015

Foss encourages small business submissions

Small Business Minister Craig Foss is encouraging small business owners to make submissions to the Rules Reduction Taskforce.

Read full release >>

12 February, 2015

Medium scale adverse event declared in South Island

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today officially declared the drought conditions on the east coast of the South Island as being a medium-scale adverse event.

Read full release >>

12 February, 2015

Tax relief for drought-affected Southern farmers

Revenue Minister Todd McClay today welcomed Inland Revenue’s decision to exercise its income equalisation discretion to help provide relief for drought-affected farmers in the eastern South Island. Mr McClay’s comment follows the declaration of a medium-scale adverse event by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy this afternoon.

Read full release >>

12 February, 2015

Strong uptake for food health labelling

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed news that by the end of 2015 the Health Star rating system will be a common sight on our supermarket shelves.

Read full release >>

12 February, 2015

Significant milestone for Christchurch schools

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that Queen Elizabeth II Park (QEII) is the preferred relocation and co-location site of Avonside Girls’ High School and Shirley Boys’ High School.

Read full release >>