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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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6 March, 2015

Agreement in principle signed with Ngāti Tūwharetoa

The Crown has signed an agreement in principle with Ngāti Tūwharetoa towards settling their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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6 March, 2015

New immunisation videos for older children

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes new online resources on immunisation for older children.

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6 March, 2015

Moody’s reaffirms NZ’s top Aaa credit rating

Leading credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has reaffirmed New Zealand’s Aaa sovereign credit rating with a stable outlook, noting the strength of the economy and improving government finances.

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6 March, 2015

Productive discussions on Queenstown’s tourism workforce

Sustainable workforce solutions were at the centre of discussions between Government Ministers and tourism industry representatives in Queenstown today.

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6 March, 2015

Public feedback on Victoria Square design

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner says the public will get a chance to have its say on the future of Victoria Square, part of the Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct.

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5 March, 2015

Trial to help more disabled people into work

Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner, met with Christchurch employers today to discuss how best to get more disabled people into work, as part of the early stages of an employment pilot scheme for disabled people and people with health conditions.

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5 March, 2015

$3.6 million to extend Home Safety Service nationwide

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today launched the expansion of the National Home Safety Service to better protect up to 1000 victims of family violence each year.

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5 March, 2015

Major Events Fund supports ‘The Pioneer’

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) will invest up to $1.2 million over three years in a new South Island-based mountain bike stage race called The Pioneer.

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5 March, 2015

Forestry leases returned to Māori owners

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew joined Māori owners and the community in Northland today to celebrate the surrender of a 740 hectare forestry lease.

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5 March, 2015

Nominations for 2015 Youth Awards open today

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Youth Awards, which celebrate young people who’ve achieved outstanding results, or people who’ve made a significant contribution to support and champion young people, says Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.

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5 March, 2015

South Island road safety work fast-tracked

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss today announced the Visiting Drivers Signature Project (VDSP) will be extended and planned safety improvements fast-tracked following recent crashes involving overseas visitors.

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5 March, 2015

Deadly Taranaki bridge to be rebuilt

Government funding has accelerated the reconstruction of an historically dangerous bridge in South Taranaki.

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5 March, 2015

Positive report on special education schooling

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed a new ERO report showing schools have become significantly more inclusive towards children with special educational needs.

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5 March, 2015

Nominations open for 25th annual Green Ribbon awards

The Green Ribbon Awards, which honour New Zealand's environmental leaders, are to be a joint endeavour for the first time between the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation, Ministers Dr Nick Smith and Maggie Barry announced today.

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5 March, 2015

Consultation open for proposal to improve access to insurance dispute resolution schemes

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced the start of public consultation for a proposal to make dispute resolution schemes more accessible for homeowners in dispute over insurance claims.

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4 March, 2015

Discussion paper released on Customs’ Act

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today released a discussion paper proposing changes to the Customs and Excise Act.

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4 March, 2015

Second year of Accord off to encouraging start

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown have today welcomed the release of the latest Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report, saying it shows an encouraging start to the second year of the agreement between the Government and the council to address the city’s housing supply and affordability challenge.

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4 March, 2015

‘Ageing Well’ Science Challenge launched

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today launched the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, confirming initial funding of $14.6 million.

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4 March, 2015

Project supports Pacific safety improvements

The presentation of vital data on shipping hazards to Vanuatu, Tonga and the Cook Islands is an important first step toward significantly improving maritime safety in the South West Pacific, Land Information Minister Louise Upston said today.

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4 March, 2015

Consultation on proposed gambling fee changes

The gambling sector and the public are being consulted on proposed changes to gambling fees, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said today.

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4 March, 2015

Minister applauds national kapa haka festival

Education Minister Hekia Parata wishes the best of luck to everyone involved in this week’s national kapa haka festival, Te Matatini, in Christchurch.

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3 March, 2015

GP practice staff get healthy alongside patients

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says general practice staff are getting behind a programme which has them joining their patients to live healthily.

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3 March, 2015

Think twice before buying wildlife products

Associate Minister of Conservation Nicky Wagner is reminding all travellers that wildlife crime is serious and they should think twice before purchasing any wildlife products or souvenirs overseas.

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3 March, 2015

$905k to grow tomorrow’s business leaders

Young people across New Zealand will receive a boost to develop their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, after Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced $905,000 funding under the Youth Enterprise Fund.

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