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16 June, 2015

$3m to boost NZ marketing offshore

$3 million will be invested in marketing New Zealand exporters to the world through the New Zealand Story programme and the Rugby World Cup in the UK later this year, says Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.

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16 June, 2015

New Marine protected areas for West Coast

Three new marine protected areas (MPAs) have been announced for the West Coast today by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

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16 June, 2015

Appointments to the independent Charities Registration Board

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has announced the appointment of a new member to the independent Charities Registration Board, and confirmed the reappointments of Chair Roger Miller and Board member Caren Rangi.

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16 June, 2015

Ministers welcome International Energy Agency report

Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser and Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, today welcomed an International Energy Agency (IEA) report on energy and climate change. Minister Groser is special adviser on climate change to the International Energy Agency.

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15 June, 2015

More time given for submissions on Māori land bill

The Māori Development Minister has extended the deadline for submissions on the draft Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill to Friday 7 August 2015.

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15 June, 2015

$290,000 to support racecourse safety and development

Racing Minister Nathan Guy has announced that 11 projects to improve safety and development at racecourses will receive a total of $296,400 in funding.

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15 June, 2015

Government commemorates 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson is tonight hosting a function at Parliament to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.

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15 June, 2015

Attorney-General mourns death of John Marshall CNZM QC

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today paid tribute to former New Zealand Law Society President, John Marshall CNZM QC, who died yesterday.

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15 June, 2015

NZ to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

New Zealand has agreed to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which is being established to invest in new infrastructure across Asia, Finance Minister Bill English and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully say.

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15 June, 2015

NZTE Board appointments announced

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser today announced new appointments and reappointments to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Board.

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15 June, 2015

$3.2 million for natural hazards projects

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced $3.2 million in funding for 13 new research projects under the Natural Hazards Research Platform.

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15 June, 2015

Perioperative mortality report’s new areas help New Zealand remain world leader

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is welcoming today’s release of the fourth annual Perioperative Mortality Review Committee’s (POMRC) report.

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15 June, 2015

New Civil Defence recovery law

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that Cabinet has approved changes to the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act that will improve the way communities recover from emergencies.

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15 June, 2015

New research and community programmes to combat elder abuse

New Zealanders need to confront the reality of elder abuse to prevent the exploitation and mistreatment of older people, Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry says.

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14 June, 2015

Fieldays 2015 another big success

This year’s Fieldays has been another major success and shows the resilience of the primary sector, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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14 June, 2015

Minister Congratulates Pacific musicians

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has congratulated all the winners in last night’s Vodafone Pacific Music Awards.

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13 June, 2015

1000 new homes for Auckland at Hobsonville

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the decision by the Hobsonville Land Company (HLC) to bring forward the development of 1000 new homes at Hobsonville Point in Auckland.

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13 June, 2015

US visit strengthens partnership

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says meetings with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to discuss border interests and supply chain security, have reinforced Customs strong working relationship with its U.S. counterparts.

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12 June, 2015

Disability Issues advocated at highest level

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says the Conference of States Parties was an opportunity to exchange ideas with other countries and support the campaign for Robert Martin, New Zealand’s candidate to the Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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12 June, 2015

Product stewardship awarded to Fuji Xerox

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today recognised Fuji Xerox for its efforts to responsibly manage the environmental effects of its products, with the company awarded product accreditation under the Waste Minimisation Act for its Zero Landfill scheme.

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12 June, 2015

Search begins for new Chief Victims Advisor

Establishing a Chief Victims Advisor to the Government is an important step to ensuring victims are placed at the heart of decision-making, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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11 June, 2015

Greenhouse gas study tour winners announced

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced the two winners of the 2015 Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) - World Farmer Organisation Study Tour in Argentina later this year.

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11 June, 2015

$485k funding for councils to support youth

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye says 25 councils will benefit from around $485,000 of funding under the 2015 Youth Development Partnership Fund.

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11 June, 2015

Nelson Housing Accord agreed between Govt and Council

A Nelson Housing Accord aimed at improving the supply and affordability of housing in the district has been signed today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Rachel Reese.

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11 June, 2015

Youth Service delivers for at-risk young people

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the latest results from the Youth Service show it is making a difference for at-risk young people, by supporting them to build their skills and prepare them for employment.

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11 June, 2015

Start-up hub opens in Chch Innovation Precinct

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today opened an innovation hub to support new and emerging businesses in Christchurch’s Innovation Precinct.

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11 June, 2015

$500,000 boost to help rural mental health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced a $500,000 funding boost to support mental health initiatives targeted at rural communities.

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11 June, 2015

Minister celebrates 10 years of Fiordland Marine Guardians

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the Fiordland Marine Guardians at a dinner with the Guardians in Invercargill last night.

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10 June, 2015

Dunedin joins modern AVL network

The Dunedin Courthouse has become the eighteenth court to connect to the audio-visual link (AVL) network, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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10 June, 2015

1.4 million customers sign up for IRD voice ID

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says 15,000 hours of phone time are now being saved each year, with 1.4 million IRD customers signed up to voice ID.

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