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12 March, 2015

Woodhouse welcomes skilled migrants

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes new figures out today showing an increasing number of skilled migrants coming to New Zealand as a sign of the country’s strong economic outlook.

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11 March, 2015

Statement on the Titirangi kauri tree

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has said she is concerned that a mature kauri tree is under threat.

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11 March, 2015

GDP figures show growth in all NZ regions

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today welcomed the latest regional gross domestic product (GDP) data release, which shows that all regional economies in New Zealand have grown in the last 12 months.

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11 March, 2015

RMA claims over kauri wrong

Opposition parties are playing politics in claiming that changes to the Resource Management Act have affected the protected status of a kauri tree in the Waitakere Ranges, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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11 March, 2015

Extra controls on 1080

The Government has introduced tighter controls on high purity forms of 1080 in response to the criminal threat to use 1080 to contaminate infant and other formula, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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11 March, 2015

Connecting leading Māori researchers with communities

Māori Development Minister Hon Te Ururoa Flavell is proud to have launched Te Hononga Pūkenga – the Māori and Indigenous Researcher Directory today in Wellington.

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11 March, 2015

Books show surplus for seven months to January

The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) for the seven months to January was a surplus of $77 million, driven by higher than expected tax revenue and lower than expected operating expenses, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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11 March, 2015

Memorial feedback open until Sunday

Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Nicky Wagner says hundreds of people have given their opinion on the six short-listed Canterbury Earthquake Memorial designs and the public have until Sunday 15 March to provide further feedback.

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11 March, 2015

Support for Volunteering Fund opens online

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew today announced a new funding round has opened for the Support for Volunteering Fund, and applications can now be lodged online.

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10 March, 2015

Drug and alcohol testing to improve public safety

People serving community-based sentences or on bail will think twice before reoffending while using alcohol or drugs with the introduction of a bill that allows them to be tested, Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says.

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10 March, 2015

Criminal threat being taken seriously

The Government is taking a criminal threat to contaminate food products very seriously, and is reassuring parents that our infant and other formulas are safe and that extra testing and security measures have been implemented as a further safeguard.

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10 March, 2015

New District Court Judge appointed

Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall has been appointed a District Court Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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10 March, 2015

Foss welcomes impairment discussion paper

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming a discussion paper exploring regulatory options for managing drug and alcohol impairment in the aviation, maritime and rail sectors.

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10 March, 2015

Bill to amend leaky homes assistance package

The Government is proposing changes to the Financial Assistance Package available under the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act to provide clarity of eligibility that will help more owners of leaky homes access assistance, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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10 March, 2015

Health Research Council review underway

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman say the Government is keen to optimise the role of the Health Research Council (HRC).

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10 March, 2015

Better by Design celebrates 10 years

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Associate Trade Minister Todd McClay today welcomed the opening of the 2015 New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Better by Design CEO Summit.

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10 March, 2015

Safer children’s workforce guidelines launched

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today launched two new guidelines for agencies and organisations working with children as part of the Government’s Children’s Action Plan.

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10 March, 2015

Funding for LED road lighting conversion accelerated

Urban streets will soon be lined with safer, cheaper, more efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting thanks to an accelerated funding model, Transport and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says.

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10 March, 2015

Asian diversity welcome in Auckland

Minister for Ethnic Communities Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed a new report which details the overwhelmingly positive influence Auckland’s increasing Asian population is having on the city.

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10 March, 2015

$1B go-ahead for Waikato Expressway

The approval of over a billion dollars in spending on a major trade route through the Waikato shows the Government’s commitment to unlocking New Zealand’s potential for economic growth Transport Minister, Simon Bridges says.

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9 March, 2015

Minister congratulates winners of essay contest

Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry today announced the winners of the national youth essay competition, ‘1914 – 2014: The greatest greats and grands of the last 100 years.’

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9 March, 2015

Change to MPs remuneration setting process

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse today announced Cabinet’s decision to change the process for how the Remuneration Authority reviews MPs pay.

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9 March, 2015

McCully to Europe for CMAG Meeting

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to Paris today to meet with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and then to London for a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).

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9 March, 2015

NZ tops OECD for fibre growth connections

Fibre growth connections in New Zealand have tripled in the last year, putting us first of all 34 countries in the OECD, says Communications Minister Amy Adams.

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8 March, 2015

Pacific languages celebrated this year

New Zealand’s diversity will be showcased in 2015, with seven Pacific cultures celebrated in language weeks throughout the year, Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says.

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8 March, 2015

Minister to discuss women’s equality at UN

Gender equality and the empowerment of women will take centre stage at the United Nations in New York this week with New Zealand having a strong voice in discussions.

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7 March, 2015

International Women’s Day a time to celebrate

Increased participation in the workforce, a decline in the gender pay gap and changes to flexible working arrangements are just a few reasons to celebrate tomorrow’s International Women’s Day.

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7 March, 2015

Te Matatini showcases outstanding kapa haka

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival organisers for another outstanding celebration of Māori traditional performing arts.

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7 March, 2015

Largest ever private land protection announced

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says today’s opening of the Mahu Whenua covenants under New Zealand's largest ever private land protection agreement, is a significant gift to the nation.

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6 March, 2015

NZ encouraged to follow Northland lead

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says Northland is leading the charge in capitalising on its abundant energy resources and hopes the rest of the country will be encouraged to follow its example.

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