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20 May, 2015

Two new tourism projects to receive funding

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key has today announced the Government is investing in two new tourism projects in Rotorua and Blenheim.

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19 May, 2015

Science leader to join Ministry

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the appointment of Dr David Wratt QSO as Departmental Science Advisor to the Ministry for the Environment.

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19 May, 2015

Minister to represent government at Nikkei Forum and PALM Summit in Japan

Civil Defence, Youth and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will travel to Japan tomorrow, to represent the government at the 2015 Nikkei Forum and the seventh Pacific Alliance Leaders Meeting (PALM).

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19 May, 2015

Emergency management of buildings to change

A new system for managing buildings following a disaster like a major earthquake or storm event is being proposed and is open for consultation, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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19 May, 2015

Ministers request report on dairy competition

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today they will request a report on the state of competition in New Zealand’s dairy industry from the Commerce Commission.

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19 May, 2015

$5m new funding for forestry research partnership

The Government will invest $5 million over seven years in a research partnership to increase the competitiveness of the forestry sector, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

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18 May, 2015

Crown purchases significant battle site

The Crown has purchased one of the most significant battle sites of the New Zealand Wars, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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18 May, 2015

Defence White Paper advisory panel announced

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced the appointment of the independent panel which will advise him on the Defence White Paper 2015.

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17 May, 2015

Get smarter with your data

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith is encouraging Kiwis to get smarter with their data when it comes to sharing personal information online.

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17 May, 2015

McCully to New York and Caribbean

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to New York today for Security Council related meetings and then to Saint Lucia to attend the annual Caribbean Foreign Minister’s Meeting (COFCOR).

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17 May, 2015

Minister promoting NZ at international conference

The Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, is travelling to Melbourne today to promote New Zealand as an exploration destination to some of the world’s largest petroleum companies.

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17 May, 2015

Budget 2015: Extra property tax measures

The Government is taking extra steps to bolster the tax rules on property transactions – including those by overseas buyers - and to help Inland Revenue enforce them, Finance Minister Bill English and Revenue Minister Todd McClay say.

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17 May, 2015

Budget 2015: Taxing property gains fairly

The Budget will include extra measures to ensure that people buying and selling residential property for profit – including overseas buyers – pay their fair share of tax, Prime Minister John Key says.

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15 May, 2015

New Tasman Housing Accord agreed between Govt and Council

A Tasman Housing Accord aimed at improving the supply and affordability of housing in the district has been signed today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Richard Kempthorne.

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15 May, 2015

New High Commissioner to Tonga

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today announced diplomat Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Tonga.

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15 May, 2015

2015 ICT report reveals growing industry strength

The strength of New Zealand’s ICT sector has been revealed in a new report released today by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Communications Minister Amy Adams.

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15 May, 2015

Supporting Cantabrians’ health and wellbeing

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner says the Community in Mind Shared Programme of Action, being launched today, will ensure the remarkable resilience of Canterbury communities continues.

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15 May, 2015

Minister thanks Wellington region and Bay of Plenty responses

The Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye, has thanked communities and agencies in the Wellington and Bay of Plenty regions for the way they’ve responded to flooding, landslides and a tornado.

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15 May, 2015

Whanganui now fully-fibred

Whanganui is the latest North Island town to become fully-fibred with the completion of its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) build today, Communications Minister Amy Adams says.

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15 May, 2015

5,500 more doctors and nurses in our hospitals

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are working in District Health Boards across the country.

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14 May, 2015

Value of older workers detailed by survey

Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed a report highlighting the value of older workers to New Zealand’s economy – and identifying the discrimination many of them still face.

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14 May, 2015

Report shows reforms are working

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the release of a detailed report into the benefit system, which confirms that welfare reform is contributing to huge savings for taxpayers in the decades ahead.

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14 May, 2015

New lanes to improve safety, support growth

The Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, says improvements to State Highway 35 north of Gisborne will make journeys safer, while supporting economic growth.

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14 May, 2015

Foss welcomes Code to help inform visiting drivers

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming a trial of a rental vehicle Code of Practice to inform visiting drivers and improve safety for all road users.

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14 May, 2015

Appointments to the Families Commission (Superu) Board

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew today announced two new appointments and a reappointment to the Families Commission (operating as Superu – Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit) Board.

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14 May, 2015

Budget 2015: $33m boost for Immigration

Budget 2015 will invest $33 million of new operating expenditure over the next four years to boost the number of immigration officers at a time of record-breaking visitor numbers, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

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13 May, 2015

Cook Islands solar energy projects opened

Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna have officially opened solar arrays on the Northern Cook islands of Penrhyn and Manihiki this week, and marked the completion of the Cook Islands Solar Project.

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13 May, 2015

Intelligence and security review to commence in June

A former Deputy Prime Minister and a respected lawyer are to lead the first regular review of New Zealand’s security and intelligence agencies, Acting Attorney-General Amy Adams announced today.

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13 May, 2015

Wall design chosen for Earthquake Memorial

A design called The Memorial Wall will make for a beautiful and fitting Canterbury Earthquake Memorial, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

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13 May, 2015

Last section of Western Corridor underway

Work on the last section of the Western Corridor in Christchurch is underway with the Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, turning the first sod of the $122 million project today.

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