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7 August, 2014

New measures proposed to protect longfin eels

A proposed package of measures to improve the status of New Zealand’s iconic longfin eel population has been announced today by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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7 August, 2014

New Consul-General to Shanghai announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Guergana Guermanoff as New Zealand’s new Consul-General to Shanghai.

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7 August, 2014

NZ-Croatia Working Holiday Scheme announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today that up to 100 young New Zealanders will be able to spend a year in Croatia following the signing of a reciprocal Working Holiday Scheme.

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7 August, 2014

New Oamaru Hearing Court opens

Court services in Oamaru have a new home, with the official opening of the purpose-built Oamaru Hearing Court in Humber Street, Courts Minister Chester Borrows said today.

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7 August, 2014

Record numbers filing tax returns online

Record numbers of people are filing their tax returns online as Kiwis take advantage of new services provided by Inland Revenue, says Revenue Minister Todd McClay.

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7 August, 2014

More Pacific people in employment

The latest employment statistics show that Pacific people are benefiting from a strengthening economy with the number of Pacific people now employed at 111,400, compared with 93,400 in June 2013.

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7 August, 2014

N4L reaches milestone with 700th connection

The rollout of fast internet to schools is almost five months ahead of schedule with 700 schools now connected to the Government’s Managed Network, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.

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7 August, 2014

Another two innovative tourism projects get funding

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key today announced the Government’s Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP) is investing in two further organisations in order to grow the tourism sector in New Zealand.

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7 August, 2014

Fenchurch neighbourhood project at Tāmaki launched

A neighbourhood regeneration project consisting of 32 new homes, a new Early Childhood Education centre and the redevelopment of the local Scout Hall was launched today as the first phase of the long-term plans of the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company (TRC).

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7 August, 2014

Strong demand for census information

Statistics Minister Nicky Wagner says information from the 2013 Census has resulted in a record number of New Zealanders downloading and using statistical information.

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6 August, 2014

McCully to Myanmar for Asian Regional Meetings

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to Myanmar this week to attend the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN Regional Forum, and the ASEAN-New Zealand Ministerial Meeting.

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6 August, 2014

Time limits for learner and restricted drivers

Novice drivers and motorcycle riders will be encouraged to progress to the next licence stage within five years, with the introduction of a time limit on new learner and restricted licences, says Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse.

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6 August, 2014

Debt capital raising simplified

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced further steps to simplify and encourage participation in New Zealand’s capital markets.

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6 August, 2014

New whale sanctuary, fur seal sanctuary and marine reserve opened

New marine protected areas to conserve Kaikoura’s whales, dolphins, seals, albatrosses, rock lobster, shellfish and finfish were formally opened today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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6 August, 2014

Unemployment falls to 5.6 per cent

Unemployment has fallen to 5.6 per cent – its lowest level since the March 2009 quarter.

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6 August, 2014

Welfare fraud reforms delivering results

The Government’s welfare fraud reforms are working to make sure the benefit system is there for those who need it, says Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows.

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6 August, 2014

Increased returns to community from new gambling regulations

New regulations requiring gaming machine societies to increase the minimum they return to the community from Class 4 gaming machine (‘pokie’) takings come into effect on 4 September 2014, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

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6 August, 2014

Customs cash dogs go international

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed a new partnership between New Zealand, Hong Kong and Chinese Customs to develop cash detector dog capabilities in the region.

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5 August, 2014

Cook Islands Language Week launched in West Auckland

New Zealanders around the country will this week celebrate Cook Islands Language Week from 4-10 August.

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5 August, 2014

UFB rolled out to half a million households, schools, businesses

More than half a million households, businesses, schools and health centres are now able to connect to the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband network, which continues to rollout ahead of schedule.

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5 August, 2014

Dunne Says Honesty Needed on Medicinal Cannabis Debate

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has criticised ‘misleading and emotive’ statements on medicinal cannabis from pro-cannabis groups.

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5 August, 2014

Minister welcomes Council’s progress

Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith has welcomed the Assessment Report from International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) today which shows the Christchurch City Council is making good progress towards regaining its accreditation as a Building Consent Authority (BCA).

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5 August, 2014

Idyllic Otago high country protected

New Zealand’s largest-ever conservation covenant of 53,000 hectares between Arrowtown and Wanaka was announced today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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5 August, 2014

Whanganui River Deed of Settlement signed

The Crown and Whanganui Iwi have signed a deed of settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of the iwi in relation to the Whanganui River, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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5 August, 2014

Government delivers $480 million reduction in ACC levies

ACC Minister Judith Collins today announced reductions to motor vehicle levies in 2015/16 meaning the average New Zealand vehicle owner will be $135 better off each year.

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5 August, 2014

$24 million for NIWA-led Deep South Challenge

Funding of $24 million over five years has been approved for New Zealand’s second National Science Challenge - The Deep South Challenge Te Kōmata o Te Tonga, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says.

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5 August, 2014

McCully announces first Consul-General for Western China

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Alistair Crozier to open New Zealand’s new Consulate in Chengdu, Western China.

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5 August, 2014

New Ambassador to the Netherlands announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Janet Lowe as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to the Netherlands, to be based in The Hague.

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5 August, 2014

Publication of full rest home audits to continue

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has announced that publication of full rest home audit reports will continue.

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5 August, 2014

Age limit for border clearing technology lowered

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the age limit to use the border clearing technology SmartGate has been lowered from 16 to 12.

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