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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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31 March, 2014

New Zealand lifts Fiji travel sanctions

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will lift all its travel sanctions against Fiji.

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30 March, 2014

Adaptation crucial in dealing with climate issues

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser welcomes a new Climate Change report from the Intergovernmental Panel that puts a focus on adapting to the impacts of climate change.

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30 March, 2014

New conservation fund announced

A Community Conservation Partnership Fund to support the work of voluntary organisations undertaking natural heritage and recreation projects was launched today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith at the opening of the new Hoddy Estuary Park in Nelson.

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30 March, 2014

International praise for Lotto NZ’s commitment to responsible gaming

Internal Affairs Minister Hon Peter Dunne today announced that Lotto New Zealand has received international recognition for its commitment to providing a safe gaming environment.

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28 March, 2014

Genesis shares priced at $1.55 – majority available to NZ retail investors

New Zealanders have the opportunity to buy the majority of available Genesis Energy shares when the offer opens to retail investors tomorrow morning, after the successful completion of the bookbuild.

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28 March, 2014

Funding boost for social housing in Christchurch

Five community housing providers are to receive $14 million from the Government and the Canterbury Community Trust (TCCT) to build 75 units in Christchurch, Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and TCCT trustee Sue McKenzie announced today.

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28 March, 2014

Regions lead recovery from GFC

Provincial regions across the country have led New Zealand’s economic recovery from the Global Financial Crisis according to new Statistics New Zealand numbers released today, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

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28 March, 2014

Memorial Park one step closer

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson says he is pleased with the progress being made on the construction of the National War Memorial Park.

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28 March, 2014

Flaxmere young people funded for leadership programme

Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye has today announced one-off funding of $20,000 for 30 Flaxmere College students to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award programme.

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28 March, 2014

7 community groups to get Community Interns

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced the seven community groups which will receive a skilled intern.

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28 March, 2014

Technology to improve heart disease treatment

Cardiac doctors and nurses now have two new online tools designed to help improve the treatment of heart disease, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

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28 March, 2014

Agreement in Principle signed with Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua

The Crown has signed an Agreement in Principle to settle historical Treaty of Waitangi claims with Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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28 March, 2014

New Zealand Story Group Chair announced

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of Cameron Harland as New Zealand Story Group Advisory Board Chair.

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28 March, 2014

Government investment paying dividends in tourism

The Government’s major investments in Tourism New Zealand and the screen industry are paying big dividends according to Associate Tourism Minister Todd McClay.

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28 March, 2014

KiwiSaver default providers announced

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced the selection of nine KiwiSaver default providers for a seven year term starting 1 July 2014.

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27 March, 2014

Guidelines provide clear direction on hydraulic fracturing best practice

New guidelines for managing the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing support the environmentally responsible development of resources, Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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27 March, 2014

RNZAF Orion crews changeover as search effort continues for missing MH370

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman acknowledges the hard work of the New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion crew who are today handing over to a new crew who will continue searching for missing Malaysian MH370 flight.

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27 March, 2014

Reports show benefits of America’s Cup to NZ

The 34th America’s Cup Regatta in San Francisco delivered a range of direct and indirect benefits for the New Zealand economy, according to two evaluation reports released today.

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27 March, 2014

IRD peak season survival guide

Revenue Minister Todd McClay is encouraging people to use Inland Revenue’s online services as the department enters its peak season.

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27 March, 2014

Employment Court judge appointed

Bruce Corkill QC of Wellington has been appointed as an Employment Court Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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27 March, 2014

Strengthened conduct code for Financial Advisers

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced a revised Code of Professional Conduct for Authorised Financial Advisers, which will come into force on 1 May 2014.

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