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8 July, 2015

Funding to complete Old Ghost Road cycle trail

The Government will grant up to $100,000 to enable the West Coast’s Old Ghost Road cycle trail to be completed this year, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced today.

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8 July, 2015

Environment Canterbury transition plan announced

Environment Canterbury (ECan) will move to a mixed governance council of seven elected councillors and up to six appointed in 2016 as a transition to a fully elected council in 2019, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston announced today.

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8 July, 2015

New Zealand and Samoa sign double tax agreement

Prime Minister John Key today joined Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in signing a double tax agreement between New Zealand and Samoa.

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8 July, 2015

Corrections Minister to visit Samoan prison

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will visit a Samoan prison today to see first-hand how New Zealand Corrections staff are working to help create an independent and effective prison service in the Pacific nation.

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8 July, 2015

Careful stewardship of spending pays dividends

The latest Crown accounts reinforce the benefits of the Government’s careful stewardship of its finances, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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8 July, 2015

$160,000 to investigate potentially contaminated site in New Plymouth

The Government will invest $160,000 to support the investigation of a potentially contaminated site in New Plymouth, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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8 July, 2015

Welcoming a new era for Taranaki Iwi

The initialling of the deed of settlement for Taranaki Iwi yesterday heralds an important milestone in the reconciliation journey between the tribe and the Crown.

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7 July, 2015

$158,000 to protect Taranaki biodiversity

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced a $158,000 Community Environment Fund grant for a project which aims to protect native birds and forest at Rotokare Scenic Reserve in South Taranaki.

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7 July, 2015

Acting District Court Judges appointed

Ten acting District Court Judges have been appointed, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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7 July, 2015

Minister to attend RSE conference

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse will travel to Samoa to attend Horticulture New Zealand’s annual Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) conference.

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7 July, 2015

Climate change target announced

New Zealand will commit to a new, more ambitious climate change target, Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser announced today.

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7 July, 2015

Cancer Control NZ thanked for their work

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has thanked Cancer Control New Zealand for their work over the last ten years.

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7 July, 2015

Youth Advisory Panel to aid CYF design

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced the appointment of a Youth Advisory Panel to ensure the voices of children are included in the review into Child, Youth and Family (CYF).

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7 July, 2015

Small businesses encouraged to use GETS

Small Business Minister Craig Foss is encouraging small businesses to utilise the Electronic Tender Service (GETS) — a free web-based service for information on New Zealand Government tender opportunities.

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7 July, 2015

ACC board reappointments

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the reappointment of six members of the board of the Accident Compensation Corporation.

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7 July, 2015

McCully to Forum Foreign Ministers meeting in Sydney

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Sydney later this week to attend a meeting of Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers.

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7 July, 2015

Strategy targets international investors

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced Cabinet approval of a new national strategy to attract more international business investment and increase growth across the country.

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7 July, 2015

Healthy Families NZ launched in Invercargill

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the launch of Healthy Families Invercargill.

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7 July, 2015

Two new online assessment tools to lift numeracy and literacy

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today launched two new tools to help lift numeracy and literacy.

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7 July, 2015

Community Corrections opens on North Shore

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today officially opened the refurbished North Shore Community Corrections site in Glenfield.

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7 July, 2015

Rural Assistance Payments for struggling farmers

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy say lower North Island farmers struggling as a result of recent flooding are now able to access Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs).

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7 July, 2015

Hemp seed food sales remain on horizon

The adoption of a hemp seed food standard remains on the horizon, following work requested by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Ministerial Forum earlier this year says Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew.

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6 July, 2015

New Zealand steps up support for international shark conservation

New Zealand has boosted the protection of sharks by signing the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks.

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6 July, 2015

Minister to promote NZ as ITS test-bed

Transport Minister Simon Bridges will promote New Zealand as a test bed for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and new investments through a range of meetings in the USA and Japan this week.

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6 July, 2015

Consultation on next steps for bowel screening programme

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will be consulting with the health sector to inform the next steps towards the potential roll out of a national bowel screening programme.

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6 July, 2015

UNESCO appointment announced

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the appointment of Dr Arapata Hakiwai to the New Zealand National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

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6 July, 2015

Progress a tribute to teachers

Today’s Better Public Service (BPS) update showing the Government is on track to achieve its goal of lifting the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 is a tribute to the hard work and professionalism of teachers and principals, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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6 July, 2015

Around 64,000 fewer recorded crimes

The crime figures from the Better Public Services results show there were around 64,000 fewer crimes in the past year than in June 2011, though data for the most recent quarter serve as a reminder that there is always more work to be done, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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6 July, 2015

Business compliance costs dropping

The Government’s Better Public Services for Business (Result 9) programme continues to show an improvement in reported performance by government agencies, Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce says.

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6 July, 2015

Kiwis big users of online services

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders are using online services, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said today.

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