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25 March, 2014

Sod-turning for $17.9 million Invercargill Prison upgrade

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley has taken part in a sod-turning ceremony at Invercargill Prison to mark the start of a $17.9 million construction upgrade.

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25 March, 2014

Final Civil Defence payment for councils’ earthquake response costs

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the Government’s final reimbursement to Canterbury councils for civil defence emergency response costs related to the Canterbury earthquakes.

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25 March, 2014

High Commissioner to India announced

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today named diplomat Grahame Morton as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to India.

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25 March, 2014

Defence Force appointments announced

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced that the new Chief of Air Force will be Air Commodore Mike Yardley.

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25 March, 2014

Reforms put children at heart of Family Court

The Government’s reforms of our family justice system come into force on Monday 31 March, Justice Minister Judith Collins announced today.

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24 March, 2014

New business visa to attract talent and create jobs

A new business visa will encourage migrants to set up high-quality businesses and create new jobs, according to Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse.

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24 March, 2014

Excellent progress in reducing reoffending

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says the Government is now over half way to achieving the Better Public Service target of a 25 per cent reduction in reoffending by 2017.

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24 March, 2014

Submissions close for East Coast erosion project

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew says that public consultation on proposed operational changes to the East Coast Forestry Project (ECFP) has now ended.

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24 March, 2014

English to speak at Asian investment forum

Finance Minister Bill English leaves for Hong Kong tonight, where he will deliver a keynote speech to a major annual Asian investment conference and meet a number of business and investment leaders.

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23 March, 2014

New Zealand introduces Crimea travel sanctions

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will impose travel sanctions on selected individuals deemed to be responsible for the crisis in Ukraine.

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22 March, 2014

Congratulations to Community Awards winners

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has this evening congratulated Mistletoe Bay Trust on winning the supreme award at the Trustpower National Community Awards and the Neurological Foundation Southern Chair of Neurosurgery for receiving the runner-up award.

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22 March, 2014

Ministers leading agribusiness delegation to South America

Trade Minister Tim Groser and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy are leading an agribusiness delegation to Chile and Colombia from 23-28 March.

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22 March, 2014

Borrows welcomes new Christchurch Rangatahi Court

Courts Minister Chester Borrows has heralded the establishment of a new Rangatahi Court at Ngā Hau e Whā Marae in Christchurch as a positive step for addressing youth offending in Christchurch.

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22 March, 2014

Ministers launch education portal

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today launched a new digital portal for teachers, students and education administrators with Crown-owned company Network for Learning (N4L).

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22 March, 2014

PGP Forestry programme takes big step forward

Primary Industries Ministers Nathan Guy and Jo Goodhew are welcoming commercialisation of new forestry technology this week as a big step forward in improving both productivity and safety.

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22 March, 2014

Minister signs new conservation accord

An accord between the newly established $100 million NEXT Foundation and the Government was signed in Nelson today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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21 March, 2014

Fiordland Marine Guardian reappointed

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced that Stewart Bull has been reappointed as the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu nominated Fiordland Marine Guardian.

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21 March, 2014

New conservation board for East Coast

The establishment of a new conservation board for the East Coast covering Gisborne and Hawkes Bay has been agreed to by the Government following a review last year of the network of boards across New Zealand, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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21 March, 2014

Minister announces several new appointments

Justice Minister Judith Collins today announced appointments to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority, Customs Appeal Authority, Weathertight Homes Tribunal, Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority and Real Estate Agents Authority.

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21 March, 2014

Dunne Refutes Entirely Opposition claims on Problem Gambling Foundation funding

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has refuted entirely claims by the opposition that Problem Gambling Foundation funding is being cut due to political pressure.

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21 March, 2014

Amended regulations to reduce marine pollution

An amendment to regulations that control discharge from ships and offshore installations will protect New Zealand’s unique marine environment, Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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21 March, 2014

Wellington Tongan community rallies for Ha’apai

Wellington’s small but vibrant Tongan community is to be commended for its continuing efforts to help friends and relatives in cyclone-ravaged Tonga, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says.

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20 March, 2014

Race Relations Day – a day of recognition

Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins says Race Relations Day tomorrow is a time to recognise the contribution that greater ethnic diversity makes to the social and economic fabric of New Zealand.

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20 March, 2014

Border Processing Bill passes third reading

A Bill that supports the implementation of a new border management system has passed its third and final reading in Parliament today.

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20 March, 2014

Snapshot study confirms WiFi in schools is safe

Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew has welcomed a Ministry of Health report which has confirmed WiFi in schools does not pose a health risk to children or staff, with exposures many thousands of times lower than the relevant standard.

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20 March, 2014

Bill to establish new marine protected areas passes first reading

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith welcomed the first reading of a bill to establish new marine protections and management tools for Kaikōura’s coast and ocean, which received unanimous support across Parliament today.

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20 March, 2014

Acting District Court Judge appointed

Tony Lendrum, barrister of Auckland and New Plymouth, has been appointed as an acting District Court Judge with general and family warrants for a period of two years, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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20 March, 2014

Prime Minister welcomes cheaper UK-NZ travel

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key, has welcomed the British Government’s decision to reduce duties for passenger flights to New Zealand.

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20 March, 2014

Changes to improve electricity price monitoring

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced changes to improve electricity price monitoring and provide more accurate information about how the market is performing.

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20 March, 2014

Minister opens new $5m dialysis unit in Porirua

Health Minister Tony Ryall today opened a new $5 million satellite dialysis unit at Keneperu Hospital – greatly improving access to this lifesaving treatment for Greater Wellington communities.

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