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10 February, 2015

Education Amendment Bill passes third reading

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata today welcomed the passing of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2).

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10 February, 2015

Minister congratulates Project Crimson

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated Project Crimson for their achievements over the past 25 years in saving pohutukawa and rata trees and helping them flourish.

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10 February, 2015

Defence contingency training commences

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has granted permission for the New Zealand Defence Force to undertake specific contingency training for a possible deployment to Iraq.

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10 February, 2015

Official draw for FIFA U20 World Cup kicks off

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman is taking part in tonight’s 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup official draw in Auckland.

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10 February, 2015

Customs to help train cash dogs in China

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says working with China Customs to establish their own cash detector dog training programme will benefit both countries.

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10 February, 2015

Fund for iwi freshwater improvement projects opens

Applications for a new Government fund aimed at helping iwi to improve the quality of their local freshwater bodies are now open, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell announced today.

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10 February, 2015

Taskforce to cut red tape announced

The Rules Reduction Taskforce is underway with the announcement of Taskforce members and public meetings to begin in March to consider submissions.

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10 February, 2015

New Year reminder to update cyber security

The start of a new year is a good time to update your cyber security including changing passwords for all your internet-connected devices says Communications Minister Amy Adams.

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9 February, 2015

Minister welcomes National Lamb Day

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming Sunday February 15 as ‘National Lamb Day’, a new initiative from Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

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9 February, 2015

Minister pays tribute to Ngati Porou leader

Education Minister Hekia Parata today paid tribute to Ngati Porou leader Dr Apirana Mahuika who died today at his home in Kaiti, Gisborne, after a long illness.

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9 February, 2015

New hospital patient IT system for South Island

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new hospital patient information system will be rolled out across South Island DHBs to streamline services.

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9 February, 2015

China-NZ Customs work to enhance trade

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says New Zealand and China Customs authorities are a step closer to establishing a system to enhance trade assurance and facilitation under the New Zealand China Free Trade Agreement.

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9 February, 2015

Professional interns help the community

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew announced today that $231,000 of funding will be shared by seven community groups under the Community Internship Programme.

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9 February, 2015

Minister welcomes launch of Safer Farms

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today welcomed the launch of the government’s Safer Farms programme.

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9 February, 2015

Five Countries' Ministerial Meeting held in London

Minister responsible for the intelligence agencies, Christopher Finlayson, represented New Zealand at the second Five Countries' Ministerial meeting held in London on 6 February.

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7 February, 2015

$85k fund for ongoing support for LGBTI youth

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced a second round of small grants funding, worth $85,000 to ensure support services are available for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or intersex) youth.

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6 February, 2015

Citizenship book highlights new Kiwis’ contribution to New Zealand

Internal Affairs Minister, Hon Peter Dunne, today launched a new book celebrating the value new New Zealanders add to our national identity. Launching the book, Choice Whiriwhiria: The New Zealand Citizenship Story, Mr Dunne said the book showcases the role of new New Zealanders in shaping the New Zealand of tomorrow.

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6 February, 2015

Special plaques to mark Treaty signing

Education Minister Hekia Parata says all new schools and early childhood centres opening this year are being offered special plaques to acknowledge the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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5 February, 2015

Work plan agreed with iwi leaders on freshwater

A programme of work on improving the management of freshwater has been agreed between the Government and iwi leaders in Kerikeri today, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith confirmed.

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5 February, 2015

175 years since signing of Treaty of Waitangi

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry has welcomed the 175th anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi.

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5 February, 2015

Appointments of Queen’s Counsel in 2015

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that an appointment round for Queen’s Counsel will take place in 2015.

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5 February, 2015

McClay visits UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Associate Trade Minister Todd McClay leaves on Saturday for the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar where he will meet with a range of government and commercial representatives.

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5 February, 2015

Labour just plain wrong about library services to schools

Attempts by three Labour MPs, Jacinda Ardern, Christopher Hipkins and Grant Robertson, to stop changes to the National Library’s Service to Schools programme, which will see more students and more schools receiving an increased number of books from the National Library, would be comical if they were not so tragic, says Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Peter Dunne.

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5 February, 2015

New Zealand at forefront of open data

The 2014/15 Open Data Barometer Global Report shows that New Zealand continues to be one of the best countries in the world at allowing open access to government data, Finance Minister Bill English and Land Information Minister Louise Upston say.

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5 February, 2015

Smart new cricket programme for schools

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has taken part in a Cricket Smart lesson at Northcote Primary School in Auckland today.

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5 February, 2015

More Special Housing Areas brings total to 100

Twelve more Special Housing Areas (SHAs) have been approved in Auckland, Tauranga City and the Western Bay of Plenty District, bringing the total to 100 since the Housing Accords legislation was passed 16 months ago, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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5 February, 2015

Iwi education profiles released

Education Minister Hekia Parata today released new information showing how iwi around New Zealand are achieving in education.

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4 February, 2015

Minister visits first Customhouse

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today paid tribute to the service of Customs staff over the past 175 years as she visited the Old Customhouse in Russell, New Zealand’s first Customhouse.

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4 February, 2015

Women continue to benefit from growing economy

Minister for Women, Louise Upston, has welcomed statistics showing women’s participation in the labour market and women’s employment is at record highs.

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4 February, 2015

Bennett to meet Australian Tourism ministers

Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett will travel to Sydney on 5 February to attend the biannual Tourism Ministers’ Meeting.

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