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24 October, 2013

Women of Influence Awards

Women’s Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew has today congratulated the winners of the Women of Influence Awards, held for the first time last night.

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23 October, 2013

Primary Growth Partnership delivering major results

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming more success stories from the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) scheme, with five major projects announcing breakthroughs this month.

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23 October, 2013

West Coast patients benefit from cancer nurse

West Coast cancer patients who travel to Christchurch for surgery and treatment have welcomed the support of a local cancer nurse coordinator who is streamlining their appointments and care.

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23 October, 2013

Update to New Zealand Post’s Deed of Understanding

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today announced that the Government has reached agreement with New Zealand Post on changes to the Deed of Understanding, to ensure the postal service remains viable.

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23 October, 2013

Three Treaty settlement bills pass first reading

The House of Representatives sat through extended hours this morning to pass the Te Urewera-Tūhoe Bill, Ngāti Haua Claims Settlement Bill and Ngāti Koroki Kahukura Claims Settlement Bill through their first readings.

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23 October, 2013

Final phase of TV Takeback now underway

Environment Minister Amy Adams says the final phase of a programme to encourage the recycling of unwanted televisions and raise investment in New Zealand’s electronic recycling capacity has today been launched in the upper North Island.

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23 October, 2013

Single trans-Tasman patent application approved

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced Government approval to implement a single application process and single examination process for New Zealand and Australian patent applications.

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23 October, 2013

Initiative to improve Pacific maritime safety

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says a new methodology to help decision makers prioritise areas for hydrographic survey will make inroads toward improving maritime safety in the South-West Pacific.

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22 October, 2013

Veterans’ Support Bill passes first reading

A bill to better support current and future veterans has passed its first reading unanimously in Parliament this evening.

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22 October, 2013

Kiwi-Italian consortium wins design competition

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson tonight announced a partnership involving a Christchurch building company and Italian architects and engineers has won the Breathe – New Urban Village design competition.

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22 October, 2013

New Indonesian posting to boost MPI presence in Asia

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the creation of a new position for an agricultural counsellor in the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta.

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22 October, 2013

More progressive tax system since 2010 changes

Lower income households are paying a smaller proportion of net income tax than they did in 2008, indicating that the tax system has become more progressive since the Government’s tax changes in 2010, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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22 October, 2013

Support for victims of financial crime

The Minister responsible for the Serious Fraud Office, Anne Tolley, says victims of financial crime will be better supported, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the SFO and Victim Support.

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22 October, 2013

NZ’s anti-money laundering laws pass muster

Justice Minister Judith Collins has welcomed the stamp of approval given by an international body to New Zealand's anti-money laundering and terrorist financing laws.

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21 October, 2013

Review into Kōhanga Reo Spending Underway

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Hon Dr Pita Sharples confirmed today that the Independent Review of Public Funding to Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board is underway.

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21 October, 2013

Public to have more say on hospital care

Patients will soon be able to provide more feedback on the care they receive in public hospitals, as part of the government’s drive to improve the quality of health services.

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21 October, 2013

Reboot signs up 8000 new apprentices

The Government’s apprenticeship re-boot has already signed up 8000 new apprentices since March says Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Steven Joyce.

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21 October, 2013

Simplified KiwiSaver reporting goes online

Commerce Minister Craig Foss has welcomed the publication of the first KiwiSaver disclosure statements under new regulations that require providers to disclose fund information into an easy-to-understand format.

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21 October, 2013

Govt provides $5m interim investment to Team NZ

The Government is making an interim investment into Team New Zealand to retain key team members while a decision is made on a challenge for the 35th America’s Cup, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

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21 October, 2013

NZDF assists Pike River re-entry operation

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges welcome the start of operations to re-enter Pike River Coal Mine’s main tunnel up to the rock fall.

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21 October, 2013

Aranui Community Leadership Group appointed

Education Minister Hekia Parata says nine people have been appointed to the Aranui Community Leadership Group (ACLG), established to lead community consultation on the year 1-13 Aranui campus announced last month.

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20 October, 2013

Review into disability access begins

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson and Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia today announced a review has begun into building access for disabled people.

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20 October, 2013

Research reduces earthquake strengthening costs for schools

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says ground-breaking research released today by the Ministry of Education has found timber-framed classrooms are extremely resilient to earthquakes.

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18 October, 2013

Pasefika Proud Community Awards and Launch of the Nga Vaka o Kaiga Tapu Research Plan

The Associate Minister of Social Development, Tariana Turia, launched the Nga Vaka o Kaiga Tapu: Pasefika Proud Family Violence Research Plan at an event in Auckland this week.

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18 October, 2013

Diagnostic tool at doctors fingertips

Midland general practitioners (GPs) and hospital doctors have a new diagnostic tool at their fingertips, the Map of Medicine.

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18 October, 2013

Collins to visit China and Singapore

Justice Minister Judith Collins leaves tomorrow for China and Singapore to meet with her ministerial counterparts, officials and practitioners in public and private law.

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18 October, 2013

Nine Afghan interpreters offered resettlement

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced his decision to grant New Zealand residence to nine Afghan interpreters and 26 family members.

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18 October, 2013

Red tape cut in time for summer fun

Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain says new rules for spot prize draws have been put in place in time for summer events.

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18 October, 2013

Minister opens consumer credit forum

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss is hosting the 2013 Consumer Credit and Financial Literacy forum in Auckland today.

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18 October, 2013

Protecting culture in times of conflict

“Protecting cultural heritage during armed conflict helps create the conditions for peace,” Minister for the Arts Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson said in Paris today.

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