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4 July, 2014

KidsCan raincoat milestone celebrated

Prime Minister John Key and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today joined Lincoln Heights School to celebrate the handing over of the 100,000th KidsCan raincoat to a school child.

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4 July, 2014

Labour offering nothing new on Family Violence

“Labour’s announcement today on family violence is just smoke and mirrors and victims deserve better,” Justice Minister Judith Collins and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett say.

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4 July, 2014

Japanese Prime Minister to visit

The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week, Prime Minister John Key announced today.

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3 July, 2014

New ICT advisory service for schools

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the establishment of an ICT Advisory Service to help schools make the most of their new connections to the Managed Network.

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3 July, 2014

Expanded ESO Bill passes first reading

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says that a Bill which expands Extended Supervision Orders (ESOs) for child sex offenders beyond the current maximum ten-year time frame has passed its first reading in Parliament.

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3 July, 2014

Farm buildings to be exempt from assessment

Farm buildings are to be exempt from the requirements for assessments under the Government’s earthquake-prone buildings policy, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today.

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3 July, 2014

Record number of new GP trainees

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the government is investing an extra $3.8 million to further increase the number of GP and primary care doctor training places.

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3 July, 2014

New appointments to Housing NZ Board

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the appointment of Liz Jones and Peter Dow as two new members of the Housing New Zealand Board, and the reappointment of Whaimutu Dewes.

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3 July, 2014

More success for thousands of children

Education Minister Hekia Parata says thousands more young people are on the road to success as a result of continued improvements in NCEA achievement and early childhood education participation.

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3 July, 2014

Record numbers of degrees for 2013

New Zealand students completed a record number of undergraduate degree qualifications in 2013, according to new data released today by the Ministry of Education.

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3 July, 2014

Tax pooling to become more taxpayer friendly

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has signalled changes to tax pooling rules will mean that taxpayers can use tax pooling arrangements to pay any interest owed as a result of a tax dispute or an amended tax assessment.

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3 July, 2014

New Māori Language Strategy confirmed

Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples, has today released the governments new Māori language strategy, which includes an updated model for Te Mātāwai, a Māori governance entity which will be charged with leading and guiding the Crown’s strategy for te reo Māori.

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3 July, 2014

Hutt Valley Innovation Project takes top spot for collaboration

Justice Minister Judith Collins is delighted the Justice sector’s efforts to reduce crime and reoffending in the Hutt Valley were recognised at last night’s 2014 IPANZ Awards.

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3 July, 2014

OECD response to BEPS gathers momentum

An international solution to base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) moved a step closer at OECD discussions involving IRD officials last week, says Revenue Minister Todd McClay.

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3 July, 2014

Minister congratulates Police on awards

Police Minister Anne Tolley has congratulated Police for their success in the 2014 IPANZ awards, which included the Prime Minister’s award for their Prevention First model.

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3 July, 2014

More surgical site infections being prevented

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today welcomed new data showing DHBs are making good progress with taking steps to prevent surgical site infections (SSIs).

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3 July, 2014

Collins to discuss trans-Tasman progress

Justice Minister Judith Collins will travel to Melbourne today to attend the inaugural meeting of the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) with Australian ministers tomorrow.

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3 July, 2014

Public sector excellence awards well deserved

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated the winners of the 2014 Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) Gen-I Public Sector Excellence Awards.

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3 July, 2014

Whānau Ora general practices continue to find success

Associate Minister of Health and Minister for Whānau Ora Tariana Turia says that latest figures show general practices in Whānau Ora collectives are making continued progress in improving the health of high needs populations.

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3 July, 2014

Clear, robust national standards for water quality

The Government has today announced clear, robust national standards for freshwater that will make a significant improvement to the way freshwater is managed.

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3 July, 2014

Evaluation shows Youth Service working

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says an evaluation of Youth Service, the first of the Government’s welfare reforms, provides hard evidence that it is working in turning around young peoples’ lives.

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2 July, 2014

Malaysia will return accused to New Zealand

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the announcement from Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah that the official accused of an attack on a young woman in Wellington will be returned to New Zealand.

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2 July, 2014

Employment Relations Authority Appointments

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today announced the reappointment of Rosemary Monaghan as Chief of the Employment Relations Authority.

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2 July, 2014

Act ensures hospital rebuild will keep to schedule

Special legislation designed to ensure timely recovery following the Canterbury earthquakes will be used to deliver appropriate Christchurch health facilities to meet an expected spike in demand in 2018.

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2 July, 2014

Deputy Inspector-General Intelligence named

Prime Minister John Key has announced the appointment of Ben Keith as Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

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2 July, 2014

Spread of new measles cases cause concern

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says a spate of new measles cases dotted around the North Island highlights the need for people to check if they have been immunised.

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2 July, 2014

Health Star Rating tools now available online

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the launch of an online calculator that will enable food businesses to determine their products’ nutritional value under the Health Star Rating food labelling system.

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2 July, 2014

Breaking the family violence cycle

The Government has announced it will introduce a whole-of-Government approach to address family violence in New Zealand, break the cycle of violence and achieve intergenerational change.

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2 July, 2014

Government welcomes report on Family Violence

The Government has welcomed the report from the Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence released today. The Expert Advisory Group (EAG) was tasked with providing independent strategic advice to the Government to assist in determining key priority actions to address family violence in New Zealand.

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2 July, 2014

Chief Victims Advisor underpins package to prevent family violence

A cross-government approach to prevent family violence proposes new Justice sector initiatives to keep women and children safe, Justice Minister Judith Collins and Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley announced today.

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