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22 June, 2015

Cancer Core named health volunteer of the year

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced that Cancer Core, a group of students from the University of Otago, is the overall winner of the 2015 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

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22 June, 2015

Extra support for Whanganui

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced extra support for Whanganui after extensive flooding over the weekend.

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22 June, 2015

Government support for communities affected by storm

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says the government will contribute significant support to areas affected by the severe storm over the past five days.

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21 June, 2015

Prosecutions a major blow for IUU fishing in Southern Ocean

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today hailed the action taken by Spain against those responsible for illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing as giant step forward in the fight to protect the Southern Ocean.

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21 June, 2015

Volunteers supporting Cook Islands culture

The volunteers behind a project to improve the lives of Cook Islanders living in Auckland have been recognised for their work this National Volunteer Week.

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21 June, 2015

Young and old volunteering for conservation

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner says Volunteer Week is a chance to celebrate the fact that people at all stages of their life are stepping up to volunteer their time to preserve New Zealand’s natural heritage.

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21 June, 2015

Lending a hand to kiwis on Limestone Island

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is celebrating National Volunteer Week today on Limestone Island (also referred to as Matakohe Island) where the kiwi population continues to flourish.

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21 June, 2015

Taranaki, Wanganui, Rangitikei update

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says states of local emergency were declared in Taranaki, Wanganui and Rangitikei yesterday to enable people to be evacuated to safety.

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21 June, 2015

SMEs focus for Connect Smart Week

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the second annual Connect Smart Awareness Week is a reminder to be vigilant about online security.

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21 June, 2015

Time to thank New Zealand’s largest work force

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is congratulating New Zealand’s largest workforce this week, the volunteer community, as National Volunteer Week kicks off.

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20 June, 2015

Wanganui state of local emergency declared

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye acknowledges Wanganui District Council declaring a state of local emergency this afternoon before flooding threatens homes.

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19 June, 2015

FIFA U20 World Cup draws to a close

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says this weekend’s final of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup marks the end of a great three weeks of football.

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19 June, 2015

High Tech Studio opens for Dunedin students

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew officially opened the new High Tech Youth Network studio today at Dunedin’s Carisbrook School.

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19 June, 2015

New Zealand submits report on children’s rights

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has today released New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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19 June, 2015

Appointment of Judges of the High Court

Christchurch Queen’s Counsel Nicholas Davidson and Auckland Barrister and Solicitor Rebecca Anne Edwards have been appointed Judges of the High Court, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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19 June, 2015

PCE report constructively points to next steps in water reform

The Government has welcomed the two reports released today from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on managing New Zealand’s freshwater reforms.

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19 June, 2015

UFB rollout hits halfway mark

Communications Minister Amy Adams today announced that the build programme for the first stage of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative has now reached the midway point.

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18 June, 2015

Damaging claims have no basis

The Māori Development Minister questions the integrity of Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran who has attempted to stitch together a “scandal”.

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18 June, 2015

Pension more portable to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau

People wishing to return permanently to the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau will now be able to do so after age 55 without it impacting their eligibility for New Zealand Superannuation, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.

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18 June, 2015

Muslims celebrate holy month of Ramadan

Ramadan has begun and Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga wishes all Muslims in New Zealand the best for the holy month.

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18 June, 2015

PM welcomes more regional flights

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has welcomed the announcement by Jetstar that the airline will expand its domestic network to regional New Zealand.

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18 June, 2015

Lifetime of contribution recognised

The lifetime education award presented to Dr Adrienne Alton-Lee recognises a major contribution to raising educational achievement, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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18 June, 2015

National telehealth service provider announced

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced that Homecare Medical is the preferred provider for the new national telehealth service.

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18 June, 2015

Last chance to have your say on 2018 Census

Statistics Minister Craig Foss is again urging New Zealanders to share their views on 2018 Census content.

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18 June, 2015

Government decision made on raw milk

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced the Government’s decision to introduce a new policy around the sale of raw milk to consumers.

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18 June, 2015

$376k for international education growth

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has announced $376,325 of co-funding for ten new growth initiatives for the international education sector.

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18 June, 2015

Continued economic growth supports jobs, wages

New Zealand recorded another quarter of continued economic growth, confirming that the Government’s sensible economic programme is taking New Zealand in the right direction, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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18 June, 2015

Getting smart about accommodating the Crown

Strategic thinking about property needs for Government agencies in Wellington will deliver savings for taxpayers, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says.

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18 June, 2015

Emergency app another step towards better public alerting

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says the emergency response smartphone app announced today by Communications Minister Amy Adams could potentially save lives in many types of emergencies.

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18 June, 2015

New 111 smartphone app to be developed

Mobile phone calls to 111 will be quicker and safer in future with the development of a new app, Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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