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3 June, 2015

Finalists announced for 2015 Green Ribbon Awards

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the finalists for the 2015 Green Ribbon Awards, which will this year mark 25 years of honouring New Zealand’s environmental leaders.

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2 June, 2015

Next steps for DHB shared services programme

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Health Benefits Limited (HBL) will be wound up and a new DHB owned company will implement the shared services programme from 1 July 2015.

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2 June, 2015

Founding Sign Language Board appointed

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the appointment of the 10 founding members of the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board.

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2 June, 2015

Data supply agreement better for business

Statistics New Zealand and accounting software firm Xero have signed a trial data supply agreement that could improve the quality of statistics and produce new ones for the benefit of both government and business, Statistics Minister Craig Foss says.

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2 June, 2015

Welcome progress on Auckland bus network

Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, says the completion of a bus lane in northern Auckland marks a milestone in addressing congestion in the country’s largest city.

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2 June, 2015

PM’s Scholarships for Asia announced

The first Prime Minister’s Scholarships for 2015 to study at top Asian institutions have been awarded to 140 New Zealand students.

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1 June, 2015

Minister to represent NZ at UN Food and Agriculture conference

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy leaves for Europe today to represent New Zealand at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ (FAO) Biennial Conference in Rome.

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1 June, 2015

Budget 2015: Social bond to focus on mental health

New Zealand’s first social bond will aim to empower people with mental illness and support their families, Finance Minister Bill English and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman say.

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29 May, 2015

NZ-UK joint statement on defence cooperation

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and his counterpart the Rt Hon Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, have signed a joint statement on defence cooperation between the United Kingdom and New Zealand at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore. The statement reflects findings from a review of the defence relationship.

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29 May, 2015

Ahuwhenua Trophy winner congratulated

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have tonight congratulated Mangaroa Station, this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy winner.

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29 May, 2015

First Crown land parcels for development identified

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today listed four sites comprising 30 hectares of land that are being considered for development under the new initiative to facilitate housing on Crown-owned land in Auckland.

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29 May, 2015

Minister to attend annual OECD meeting

Trade Minister Tim Groser will represent New Zealand at the OECD’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) and Forum in Paris from 2 – 4 June.

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29 May, 2015

Minister puts trust law reform on agenda

Some of New Zealand’s top experts on trusts are contributing their knowledge and experience to assist the Government’s reform of trust law, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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29 May, 2015

FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off Saturday

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says North Harbour Stadium is well placed for the start of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

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29 May, 2015

$79k to fund opportunities for young people

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that four recipients will receive a total of $79,000 funding under the Opportunities for Young People fund.

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29 May, 2015

Minister McCully to the Middle East and Cyprus

Foreign Minister Murray McCully departs on an official visit to the Middle East and Cyprus this weekend.

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29 May, 2015

Closer ties with Greece through new agreement

An agreement signed by Transport Minister Simon Bridges at an international conference paves the way for easier and more affordable travel between New Zealand and Greece.

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29 May, 2015

Easier, faster way to upgrade RealMe accounts

Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne says thousands of New Zealand online passport renewal applicants now have an easy, fast way to get a RealMe verified identity and access a range of online services.

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29 May, 2015

Increase in achievement levels hailed

A further increase in the proportion of students achieving NCEA has been hailed by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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29 May, 2015

More time to submit on loopy rules

New Zealanders frustrated with loopy rules and regulations will have more time to submit to the Rules Reduction Taskforce, Local Government Minister Paula Bennett says.

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29 May, 2015

Minister marks World Smokefree Day

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is urging smokers to make this Sunday the day they quit for good.

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29 May, 2015

Visit by Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed a visit to New Zealand by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic , Miroslav Lajčák.

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28 May, 2015

Attorney-General to New York for UNSC meeting

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson travels to New York today to attend the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Open Briefing on foreign terrorist fighters.

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28 May, 2015

New safety regulations for children’s workforce

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that new mandatory safety checking requirements for people who work with children will provide greater protection for our youngest New Zealanders.

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28 May, 2015

Trailblazing education body a step closer

“Today’s gazetting of the official start date for the Education Council (EDUCANZ) is another step along the path towards the creation of a trailblazing professional leadership body,” Education Minister Hekia Parata says.

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28 May, 2015

Take care on roads this long weekend

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is reminding all road users to take extra care travelling over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

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28 May, 2015

Funding for more Christchurch youth events

Christchurch youth councils will be creating fun and exciting events this winter as a result of a funding boost from the 2014 Winter Chill programme, Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner says.

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28 May, 2015

Minister to host forum for ethnic communities

Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will hold an evening community forum for residents of central Auckland tomorrow.

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28 May, 2015

Reduced ACC car levy rates just a click away

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say car owners can now visit the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) RightCar website to see the reduced ACC levy they’ll pay from 1 July, when ACC introduces risk rating.

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28 May, 2015

$1 million to connect Kiwis with science

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the successful applicants for the $1 million Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable fund.

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