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2 April, 2014

$32 million for better support for people with autism

Health Minister Tony Ryall and Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia have today announced the government is investing an extra $32 million over four years so more people with autism receive support to lead full lives.

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2 April, 2014

New PNG High Commissioner announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that diplomat Tony Fautua will be New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea.

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2 April, 2014

Improved data access to deliver benefits

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson today welcomed the decision by Statistics New Zealand to reduce fees for academic researchers using its Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) platform.

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2 April, 2014

Minister congratulates outgoing Commissioner

Police Minister Anne Tolley has congratulated Police Commissioner Peter Marshall on his long and distinguished career serving the New Zealand public, as he prepares to retire from the service.

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2 April, 2014

NZTE to boost trade presence in China, S. America & Middle East

The Government is to boost NZTE's trade presence in China, South America and the Middle East to help more New Zealand firms break into these growing markets.

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2 April, 2014

McCully announces new Ambassador to ASEAN

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today named diplomat Stephanie Lee as New Zealand’s first dedicated Ambassador the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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2 April, 2014

New Youth Citizenship awards announced

Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye is today asking New Zealanders to recognise outstanding young community members and nominate them for a Youth Week 2014 Award.

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2 April, 2014

New Zealand ranks fourth for enabling trade

Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomes the release of a report by the World Economic Forum ranking New Zealand fourth in the world for enabling trade.

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2 April, 2014

2014 Oil and Gas Block Offer released

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today launched the third annual Block Offer for oil and gas exploration.

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1 April, 2014

Government Announces North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency

Te Pou Matakana - a new organisation born from the National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) has been selected to establish the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for Te Ika a Māui (North Island) announced Minister for Whānau Ora, Tariana Turia today.

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1 April, 2014

Ambitious new PGP programme for avocado industry

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming an ambitious new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme for the avocado industry, which aims to triple productivity and quadruple returns by 2023.

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1 April, 2014

Eminent Lotteries Grants Committee member passes away

Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Peter Dunne was saddened to learn today the passing of Beverley Grammer, Presiding Member of the Lottery Individuals with Disabilities Committee.

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1 April, 2014

Criteria finalised for NZ Screen Production Grant

The Government has released the criteria for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) that comes into effect from today.

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1 April, 2014

Government celebrates Britomart electrification

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee welcomes today’s switching-on of overhead lines into the Britomart Transport Centre as a milestone for Auckland’s transport network.

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1 April, 2014

Making it Happen in the Far North

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has thanked the Far North communities of Te Hiku o Te Ika for laying out their plan of what social services are required in the district to support people in need.

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1 April, 2014

IRD and New Zealand ICT industry working together

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has described consultation with New Zealand’s ICT industry as critical to the success of IRD’s Business Transformation programme, which will bring the tax system into the 21st Century.

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1 April, 2014

Poroporoaki – Beverley Grammer

Minister for Disability Issues Tariana Turia is saddened at the passing of Beverley Grammer, a passionate advocate for the disability community.

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1 April, 2014

Tourism fund opens for second round

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key today announced the opening of the second funding round of the Tourism Growth Partnership.

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1 April, 2014

Crime down 20.2 per cent over four years

Police Minister Anne Tolley has congratulated Police staff following the announcement that recorded crimes have fallen for the fourth year in a row, down a total of 20.2 per cent, to their lowest figure in 29 years.

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1 April, 2014

First National Science Challenge announced

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the launch of the first National Science Challenge, the High Value Nutrition Challenge, which will receive confirmed funding of up to $30.6 million over five years.

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1 April, 2014

Ministers welcome Law Commission report on suicide reporting

Courts Minister Chester Borrows and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne have welcomed the Law Commission’s report reviewing the rules that govern how the media report on suspected suicides.

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1 April, 2014

NZ designates further groups as terrorist entities

New Zealand has designated a further two international terrorist groups under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002, Prime Minister John Key announced today.

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1 April, 2014

NZ financial markets enter new era

Commerce Minister Craig Foss is welcoming a new era for New Zealand’s financial markets as the Financial Markets Conduct Act comes into force today.

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1 April, 2014

$1.7 million paid to Nelson and Tasman Councils for flood response and recovery

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the Government will pay $1.46 million to Nelson City Council and $317,000 to Tasman District Council for civil defence emergency response and recovery costs arising from the flood event in the Nelson-Tasman region in December 2011.

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1 April, 2014

IMF backs NZ’s economic, fiscal policy approach

Confirmation from the International Monetary Fund that New Zealand’s growth prospects have improved and that its macro-economic framework remains sound is a welcome further endorsement of the Government’s economic programme, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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31 March, 2014

ICJ decision harpoons ‘scientific’ whaling

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed today’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision that Japan’s Southern Ocean whaling programme does not serve the purposes of scientific research, and must cease.

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31 March, 2014

Civil defence moves to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

From tomorrow (Tuesday 1 April) the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) will be part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye said today.

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31 March, 2014

$387 million to stay in Kiwis’ pockets

ACC Minister Judith Collins says substantial levy cuts for employers and workers take effect tomorrow as a result of the Scheme’s excellent performance over the last few years.

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31 March, 2014

Results of the Gallipoli 2015 ballot announced

New Zealanders who entered the Gallipoli 2015 ballot to attend the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings will be notified from today whether they have been successful, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced.

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31 March, 2014

Poroporoaki ki a Patrick Wikiriwhi Thompson

Minister for Disability Issues, Tariana Turia says it has been distressing to hear of the untimely passing of Patrick Wikiriwhi Thompson (Ngāti Pāoa/Ngāti Whangaunga).

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