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7 July, 2014

NZX granted exemption

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced he is granting a ministerial exemption to allow NZX to establish a new growth market with an alternative disclosure regime.

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7 July, 2014

Host proposals sought for Food Safety Science & Research Centre

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today invited seven organisations to participate in a Request for Proposals (RfP) to host the Food Safety Science and Research Centre.

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7 July, 2014

Many questions unanswered about cost of Labour’s promises

Two and a half months out from this year’s election and already Labour cannot answer basic questions about the details and fiscal costs of its expensive early promises, Associate Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

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7 July, 2014

NZIF Annual Conference: ‘Tackling challenges and delivering value’

I was interested to learn that the NZIF was founded in 1927, as this country’s first tree planting boom really took off.

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7 July, 2014

Payments made easier for caregivers

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today announced changes to make payments easier for Child, Youth and Family caregivers.

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7 July, 2014

CBD gaps filling fast as Crown returns

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the notion of a donut effect in the Christchurch CBD – with new developments on the fringes but few buildings in the centre – is being rapidly dispelled.

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7 July, 2014

New welfare fraud measures come into force

Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows has welcomed the start of new powers to hold both parties to relationship welfare fraud to account.

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7 July, 2014

Government banking services to be tendered

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today welcomed the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an all-of-government banking services solution.

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7 July, 2014

Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC) appointments

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced three appointments to the Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC).

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6 July, 2014

Labour out of ideas and out of their depth

Education Minister Hekia Parata says that Labour’s “new” education announcement today shows once again that they are a party out of ideas and out of their depth.

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5 July, 2014

Labour playing catch up on 21st century schools

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says Labour has clearly not done its homework in the education area and is promoting "new ideas" that have already been put in place by National.

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4 July, 2014

Motunui Panels returned to New Zealand

The famed Motunui Panels - five late 18th century carved pataka panels which comprise a masterpiece of Maori art - have returned to New Zealand after more than 40 years, Treaty for Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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4 July, 2014

Minister corrects incorrect claims about national freshwater standards

Environment Minister Amy Adams has today moved to correct incorrect and misleading comments made about the Government’s ground-breaking national freshwater standards.

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4 July, 2014

New Zealand to host KANZ technology summit

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has announced that the Korea, Australia and New Zealand (KANZ) Technology Summit will take place in Auckland next week.

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4 July, 2014

Canterbury guidance for residential retaining walls released

Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith today released post-earthquake technical engineering guidance on the seismic design of residential retaining walls in Christchurch’s Port Hills.

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4 July, 2014

KidsCan raincoat milestone celebrated

Prime Minister John Key and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today joined Lincoln Heights School to celebrate the handing over of the 100,000th KidsCan raincoat to a school child.

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4 July, 2014

Labour offering nothing new on Family Violence

“Labour’s announcement today on family violence is just smoke and mirrors and victims deserve better,” Justice Minister Judith Collins and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett say.

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4 July, 2014

Japanese Prime Minister to visit

The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week, Prime Minister John Key announced today.

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3 July, 2014

New ICT advisory service for schools

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the establishment of an ICT Advisory Service to help schools make the most of their new connections to the Managed Network.

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3 July, 2014

Expanded ESO Bill passes first reading

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says that a Bill which expands Extended Supervision Orders (ESOs) for child sex offenders beyond the current maximum ten-year time frame has passed its first reading in Parliament.

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3 July, 2014

Farm buildings to be exempt from assessment

Farm buildings are to be exempt from the requirements for assessments under the Government’s earthquake-prone buildings policy, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today.

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3 July, 2014

Record number of new GP trainees

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the government is investing an extra $3.8 million to further increase the number of GP and primary care doctor training places.

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3 July, 2014

New appointments to Housing NZ Board

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the appointment of Liz Jones and Peter Dow as two new members of the Housing New Zealand Board, and the reappointment of Whaimutu Dewes.

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3 July, 2014

More success for thousands of children

Education Minister Hekia Parata says thousands more young people are on the road to success as a result of continued improvements in NCEA achievement and early childhood education participation.

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3 July, 2014

Record numbers of degrees for 2013

New Zealand students completed a record number of undergraduate degree qualifications in 2013, according to new data released today by the Ministry of Education.

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3 July, 2014

Tax pooling to become more taxpayer friendly

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has signalled changes to tax pooling rules will mean that taxpayers can use tax pooling arrangements to pay any interest owed as a result of a tax dispute or an amended tax assessment.

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3 July, 2014

New Māori Language Strategy confirmed

Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples, has today released the governments new Māori language strategy, which includes an updated model for Te Mātāwai, a Māori governance entity which will be charged with leading and guiding the Crown’s strategy for te reo Māori.

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3 July, 2014

Hutt Valley Innovation Project takes top spot for collaboration

Justice Minister Judith Collins is delighted the Justice sector’s efforts to reduce crime and reoffending in the Hutt Valley were recognised at last night’s 2014 IPANZ Awards.

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3 July, 2014

OECD response to BEPS gathers momentum

An international solution to base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) moved a step closer at OECD discussions involving IRD officials last week, says Revenue Minister Todd McClay.

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3 July, 2014

Minister congratulates Police on awards

Police Minister Anne Tolley has congratulated Police for their success in the 2014 IPANZ awards, which included the Prime Minister’s award for their Prevention First model.

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