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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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4 December, 2014

Record result for new radio licences

An auction of new radio spectrum licences has fetched almost $17.4 million says Communications and Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams.

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4 December, 2014

Bill to protect public passes unanimously

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga welcomed the passing of a Bill which will help protect New Zealanders from sexual and violent offenders in the community who are at high risk of re-offending.

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4 December, 2014

Public safety improved by new protection orders

New measures to keep dangerous criminals locked up for longer and better protect victims will soon come into force.

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4 December, 2014

Match-fixing Bill passes third reading

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the passing of the Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill in Parliament today.

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4 December, 2014

Report shows significant decrease in smoking

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga welcomes a health report which shows more smokers have quit and fewer people have started smoking.

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4 December, 2014

Minister launches “boot camp” for whio

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today officially opened a “boot camp” for whio at the Tongariro National Trout Centre near Turangi.

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4 December, 2014

Improved access to mental health services

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest report on mental health services in New Zealand shows improvements in access to care.

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4 December, 2014

Inland Revenue – making tax simple

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says Inland Revenue winning best Government website for the 8th time in the NetGuide Awards this week is a demonstration of the Government’s commitment to make tax simple.

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4 December, 2014

ICT Graduate Schools move one step closer

Six groups have been invited to submit full proposals to operate Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate Schools in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

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