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25 March, 2015

Cyberbullies one step closer to being held to account

A Bill to curb the growing incidence of cyberbullying and its devastating effects passed its second reading in Parliament last night.

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24 March, 2015

Judicial review over CTV engineer investigation

The Government has lodged an application before the High Court to seek a judicial review of the decision by the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) to drop its investigation into Dr Alan Reay’s role in the design of the CTV building, with the documents served to Dr Reay this afternoon.

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24 March, 2015

Work to improve Chatham Islands’ resilience

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says Cyclone Pam highlighted potential improvements that could be made to strengthen the Chatham Islands’ resilience against future emergencies.

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24 March, 2015

McCully visits Iraq ahead of NZ deployment

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travelled to Baghdad yesterday for talks with Iraq’s Prime Minister Mr Haider al-Abadi and Foreign Minister Dr Ibrahim al-Ja'afari.

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24 March, 2015

Munro medals deal welcome

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry is pleased Dambuster Les Munro’s medals and other items will be staying in New Zealand.

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24 March, 2015

Lowest number of youth in court in 20 years

The number of young people (aged 10 to 16 years old) appearing in court has more than halved since 2007, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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23 March, 2015

Consultation initiated over Redcliffs School

Education Minister Hekia Parata has begun consultation with the Board of Trustees of Redcliffs School in Christchurch about the possible closure of the school because of concerns about the long-term safety of the Redcliffs site.

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23 March, 2015

NZ boosts cyclone aid to $3.5 million

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will contribute a further $1 million to the Cyclone Pam response and will also help transport Fiji disaster response personnel to Vanuatu by RNZAF C-130 Hercules.

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23 March, 2015

Trade Minister welcomes signing of NZ-Korea FTA

Trade Minister Tim Groser today signed the New Zealand Korea Free Trade Agreement with his Korean counterpart Yoon Sang-jick.

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23 March, 2015

NZ signs Free Trade Agreement with Korea

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Korea opens a new chapter in the two countries’ relationship.

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23 March, 2015

Youth in isolated communities benefit from fund

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye is pleased to announce the first round of initiatives funded under the $20,000 Isolated Communities Fund.

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23 March, 2015

PM extends condolences at passing of Lee Kuan Yew

Prime Minister John Key has expressed his sincere condolences to the people of Singapore following the death of the nation’s first Prime Minster, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

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21 March, 2015

Plant a tree for International Forest Day

Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew marked United Nations International Day of Forests at the Methven A&P show today, by planting a maple tree with industry representatives.

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20 March, 2015

PM acknowledges passing of Malcolm Fraser

Prime Minister John Key has today acknowledged the passing of former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

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20 March, 2015

New $3.1m block opens at St Thomas’s School

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye was delighted to open a new 12 classroom block at St Thomas’s School in Kohimarama, Auckland this afternoon.

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20 March, 2015

McCully welcomes Lithuanian Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed a visit to New Zealand by Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevičius.

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20 March, 2015

New inquirer appointed for Bain case

A senior retired Australian judge has been appointed to head up the inquiry into David Bain’s compensation claim, Justice Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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20 March, 2015

Foss welcomes visit by Canakkale Governor

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says Ahmet Cinar, Governor of Turkey’s Canakkale Province, will visit New Zealand next week.

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20 March, 2015

Ultra-Fast Broadband a boost to Blenheim

Communications Minister Amy Adams today announced the completion of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) service in Blenheim.

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20 March, 2015

Race Relations Day - Big Change Starts Small

This year’s Race Relations Day gives all New Zealanders the chance to contribute to positive race relations and human rights, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga says.

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19 March, 2015

Commercial limits for southern blue whiting, Otago rock lobster changing

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced changes to commercial fishing limits in two areas as part of the annual fisheries sustainability review.

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19 March, 2015

HMNZS Canterbury to Vanuatu

Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee have announced that the HMNZS Canterbury will be sent to Vanuatu to support the recovery effort following Cyclone Pam.

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19 March, 2015

Joint statement on enhancing the Comprehensive Partnership between the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and New Zealand

At the invitation of the Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam His Excellency Nguyen Tan Dung paid an official visit to New Zealand during 19-20 March 2015.

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19 March, 2015

Minister acknowledges the passing of Sir Don Rowlands

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman today acknowledged the passing of rowing legend Sir Don Rowlands.

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19 March, 2015

Food Safety Arrangement signed with Viet Nam

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed an arrangement between New Zealand and Viet Nam to strengthen food safety cooperation.

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19 March, 2015

Better air services with Viet Nam to come

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has today signed a protocol to amend an air services agreement between New Zealand and Viet Nam, creating enhanced services between the two countries.

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19 March, 2015

NZ and Viet Nam agree ambitious trade target

New Zealand and Viet Nam have agreed an ambitious target of doubling two-way goods and service trade to around $2.2 billion by 2020, Prime Minister John Key has announced.

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19 March, 2015

NZ’s consistent economic growth continues

New Zealand’s economy continues to perform consistently well with another quarter of solid growth reported today, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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19 March, 2015

Enabling legislation for new housing development on Riccarton Racecourse

Special legislation is being proposed to amend the Christchurch Racecourse Reserve Act 1878 to enable a new housing development on Yaldhurst and Steadmans Roads in Riccarton, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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18 March, 2015

NZ aid flight to Tanna

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says a New Zealand C-130 Hercules aircraft has travelled to Tanna Island this afternoon with relief supplies and the Vanuatu Prime Minister on board.

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