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9 December, 2014

Drug bust sends a strong message

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulated the Customs Service for their role in the interception of a shipment of liquid methamphetamine.

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9 December, 2014

Work to continue on trialling online voting

The Government has agreed to continue work to enable a small number of local authorities to trial online voting, Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston said today.

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9 December, 2014

First Revision Programme of Statutes Begins

The first revision programme of statutes has been presented to the House of Representatives, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today. “This is a banner day for the New Zealand statute books,” said Mr Finlayson. “It is the start of a systematic programme of statute revision which will make the law clearer and more accessible for New Zealanders. There has not been a major revision and consolidation of our legislation since 1908.”

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9 December, 2014

New cancer plan to ensure better, faster care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched a national three year Cancer Plan at Wellington Hospital.

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9 December, 2014

Public service trust and satisfaction continues to rise

State Services Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed the latest Kiwis Count survey results, showing the levels of trust and satisfaction New Zealanders have in the frontline public services they use continues to increase.

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9 December, 2014

Govt awards 15 new oil and gas permits

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the award of 15 new oil and gas exploration permits as a result of Block Offer 2014.

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9 December, 2014

Minister welcomes new Director of Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye welcomes the appointment of Sarah Stuart-Black, the new Director at the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).

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9 December, 2014

Gallantry Awards recognise NZSAS

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced the awarding of nine New Zealand Gallantry Awards that recognise the outstanding courage shown by members of 1NZSAS Regiment while serving in Afghanistan.

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9 December, 2014

New episode of Common Ground launched

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today launched a new episode of the innovative online drama Common Ground, part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.

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9 December, 2014

Greater Christchurch residents more positive, less stressed

Visible rebuild progress in Christchurch is helping to boost people’s quality of life, says Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Nicky Wagner.

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9 December, 2014

NZ named best tourist destination

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key says the Government’s investment in tourism is paying off with New Zealand voted the top country in the 2014 Telegraph Travel Awards, for the third year in a row.

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9 December, 2014

Government welcomes final WPC report

The Government has welcomed the final report from the independent inquiry into last year’s whey protein concentrate (WPC) incident, and will be accepting all of its recommendations.

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8 December, 2014

New technology centre to help foster innovation


Police Minister Michael Woodhouse today opened the Mobility Innovation Lab and Experience Centre which will help Police, government and business develop mobile tools and technology that benefit New Zealand.

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8 December, 2014

First communities of schools a big win for kids

Education Minister Hekia Parata has approved the first communities of schools, saying they are a big win for thousands of New Zealand kids.

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8 December, 2014

Youth addiction services access hits target

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says young people are now able to access specialist help for alcohol and drug problems more quickly.

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8 December, 2014

New Minister determined to find a solution for Māori wardens

Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell acknowledges the need for Māori wardens to find a durable solution to the complex set of issues facing the organisation in its management and administration.

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7 December, 2014

Initial registrations close for Ebola deployment

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 82 New Zealanders have registered their interest in joining the international fight against Ebola.

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6 December, 2014

Minister to attend Climate Change Talks

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser will tomorrow travel to Lima, Peru to take part in a key meeting on climate change which will pave the way for a binding climate change agreement in Paris at the end of next year.

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5 December, 2014

McClay to visit United States

Associate Trade Minister Todd McClay will address the New Zealand Honorary Consul Conference of the Western USA and Hawaii in Los Angeles on Monday.

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5 December, 2014

Dunne to attend inaugural D5 conference and We Protect Summit in London

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne will represent New Zealand at the inaugural meeting of the D5 Digital Leaders’ Summit in London 9-10 December 2014.

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5 December, 2014

Timeline set for ECAN review

The Government will finalise an options document on the future of Environment Canterbury (ECAN) for public discussion in the new year, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston said following their attendance at today’s Canterbury Mayoral Forum.

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5 December, 2014

Minister unveils Hawke’s Bay sculpture

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry today unveils a public sculpture in Napier called “The Gold of the Kowhai”.

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5 December, 2014

Short films to raise rheumatic fever awareness

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga say a collection of short films will help raise awareness about rheumatic fever.

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5 December, 2014

300,000 passports renewed online in two years

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says more than 300,000 people have now renewed their passports online in the two years since the launch of adult passport renewals in November 2012.

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5 December, 2014

Tenancy bond payments to go online next year

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the signing of a contract between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and information technology company Unisys to build a new system that will enable landlords to lodge tenancy bonds online.

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5 December, 2014

Support for veterans changing

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says support for New Zealand veterans is about to change for the better.

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5 December, 2014

Boost for New Zealand Cycle Trail

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key today announced the Government is investing nearly $1 million in thirteen projects to help maintain the quality of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

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5 December, 2014

Women volunteers contributing to communities

Minister for Women Louise Upston today recognises women around the country for the hours they contribute to their communities.

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5 December, 2014

Minister makes first visit to home of the Navy

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is today making his first visit to the home of the Royal New Zealand Navy and welcoming the Navy’s newest recruits into New Zealand’s armed forces.

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4 December, 2014

KiwiSaver tax credits’ Bill has first reading

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Revenue Minister Todd McClay today welcomed the next important step in the Government’s HomeStart package for first home buyers with the first reading of the Taxation (KiwiSaver HomeStart and Remedial Matters) Bill.

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