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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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11 February, 2015

Minister welcomes independent review of PGP

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the findings of an independent report into the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) by the Office of the Auditor-General.

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11 February, 2015

NZ signs education agreement with Qatar

Tertiary Education, Skills & Employment Minister, Steven Joyce, has welcomed the signing of an agreement to strengthen New Zealand’s education relationship with Qatar.

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11 February, 2015

Iraqi Foreign Minister to visit NZ

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the upcoming visit to New Zealand by Iraq’s Foreign Minister Dr Ibrahim al-Ja'afari.

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11 February, 2015

Mandarin Language Assistants welcomed

Education Minister Hekia Parata today welcomed 38 Mandarin Language Assistants from China to New Zealand at Parliament.

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11 February, 2015

Finance Minister to present Budget on 21 May

Budget 2015 will be presented on Thursday, 21 May, Finance Minister Bill English said today.

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11 February, 2015

Levy cuts closer following decision on new cars

Everything’s on-track for a significant reduction in ACC motor vehicle levies from 1 July, says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye, who has decided how levies for new cars will be calculated.

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11 February, 2015

NZ disappointed by Anwar Ibrahim decision

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand shares the disappointment expressed by other members of the international community about the five-year prison sentence handed down to Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

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11 February, 2015

Electricity retailers bring welcome competition

Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, says a concerted effort from the Government to increase competition in the electricity sector is paying off for consumers.

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11 February, 2015

Broadband deployment continues to deliver

The rate at which people are signing up for the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network is accelerating with uptake quadrupling in the past two years, Communications Minister Amy Adams said today.

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11 February, 2015

Changes to Transport Accident Investigation Commission

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced changes to the make-up of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).

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10 February, 2015

Education Amendment Bill passes third reading

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata today welcomed the passing of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2).

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