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13 August, 2015

Solid Energy into temporary voluntary administration

Placing Solid Energy into temporary voluntary administration gives the best chance to secure an ongoing future for the different parts of the business, Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprises Minister Todd McClay say.

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13 August, 2015

Feedback sought on port plan

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is inviting public comment on a draft recovery plan for the damaged Lyttelton Port and its surrounding area.

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13 August, 2015

Southern families benefit from free GP visits for under 13s

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 96 per cent of general practices in Southern DHB are offering free GP visits for children aged under 13.

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13 August, 2015

Independent dairy processors collecting more milk

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today certified that in the 2014/15 season independent dairy processors collected 22 percent of all milksolids in the South Island.

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13 August, 2015

Employment Standards Bill introduced

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today introduced a new bill that will extend paid parental leave and strengthen the enforcement of employment standards.

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13 August, 2015

Electronic signatures stronger with RealMe

Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne says Secured Signing’s use of the RealMe verified identity service will give people using e-signatures an easy and reliable way to assure identity.

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13 August, 2015

Secure online learning for prisoners

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today attended the launch of Secure Online Learning for prisoners at Rimutaka Prison.

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13 August, 2015

Bill introduced to enable sex offender register

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a Bill is being introduced into parliament today which will enable the establishment of New Zealand’s first Child Sex Offender Register.

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13 August, 2015

Bluegreen programme of improved environmental management outlined

A programme of stronger national direction and guidance on key environmental issues was announced today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith at the Environmental Defence Society’s conference in Auckland.

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13 August, 2015

First Threatened Species Ambassador appointed

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has today announced New Zealand’s first Threatened Species Ambassador is Nicola Toki.

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13 August, 2015

Global procurement deal takes effect today

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser have welcomed New Zealand’s accession to the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), which came into effect today.

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12 August, 2015

Settlement Bills herald a new era

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell congratulates Hineuru and Ngāruahine for persevering with their historic Treaty of Waitangi settlements which both had their first reading in Parliament today.

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12 August, 2015

NZ capitalising on abundant energy resources

The latest Energy in New Zealand (ENZ) report shows the proportion of renewable energy making up our domestic supply is at a record high, Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says.

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12 August, 2015

Applications for Youth Parliament 2016 open

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that applications are now open for Youth Parliament 2016, to be held on 19 and 20 July 2016.

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12 August, 2015

Further progress for Treaty settlements

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Planning Committee Bill passed its third reading in the House today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced.

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12 August, 2015

Two Treaty settlement bills pass first reading

The Hineuru Claims Settlement Bill and the Ngāruahine Claims Settlement Bill passed their first readings today in extended sitting hours, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced.

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12 August, 2015

Strong demand for student R&D grants

More than 200 future Kiwi innovators and 126 hi-tech companies will be able to benefit from research and development student grants announced today by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce.

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12 August, 2015

Positive signs of wellbeing recovery continue

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner says it is encouraging to see the many signs of progress leading to people’s recovery as the fifth anniversary of the September 2010 earthquake approaches.

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12 August, 2015

120,000 kids now in Communities of Schools

Education Minister Hekia Parata says it's fantastic that more than 120,000 kids are now in 42 Communities of Schools committed to working together to raise student achievement.

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12 August, 2015

Minister welcomes ERA appointments

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse has today welcomed the appointment of a new Chief, three new members and the reappointment of eight current members of the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

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12 August, 2015

Consultation over Turakina Māori Girls’ College

Education Minister Hekia Parata has initiated consultation with the board of trustees and proprietor of Turakina Māori Girls’ College over the future of the school.

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12 August, 2015

Retirement planning survey reinforces the need for increased financial capability levels

Minister for Senior Citizens Maggie Barry and Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Paul Goldsmith today welcomed a survey highlighting the importance of all New Zealanders planning for their retirement.

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11 August, 2015

Data protection for agricultural products to be enhanced

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew today welcomed the introduction of a Bill to increase the data protection period for companies registering agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines in New Zealand.

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11 August, 2015

More Asian languages in schools

Twenty-two groups of schools have won funding to establish new Mandarin, Japanese or Korean programmes, or expand existing ones, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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11 August, 2015

Elective surgery rates up 42%

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more New Zealanders are receiving the elective surgeries they need compared to seven years ago.

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10 August, 2015

NZ contributes to Myanmar flood relief efforts

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will provide an initial $500,000 to support the response to serious flooding in Myanmar.

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10 August, 2015

Government Inquiry into handling of Robertson case announced

Justice Minister Amy Adams and Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga have today released the draft Terms of Reference for the Government Inquiry into the handling of the Tony Robertson case.

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10 August, 2015

Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner appointed

Alan Ritchie has been appointed Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Kathryn Snook has been appointed Deputy Judicial Conduct Commissioner, both for a term of five years effective from 31 August 2015, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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10 August, 2015

New Code of Practice will help visiting drivers

The finalised Code of Practice for rental vehicle companies is yet another tool to help ensure visiting drivers have all the information necessary to help keep themselves and others safe on our roads, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says.

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10 August, 2015

StudyLink improvements continue for students

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew says more than 130,000 students this year have benefitted from the improvements made to the student loan and allowance application process.

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