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23 November, 2013

West Coast Cycle Trail officially opened

Associate Tourism Minister Chris Tremain today officially opened the West Coast Wilderness Trail in Kūmara.

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22 November, 2013

Future proofing health services in Wairoa

Health Minister Tony Ryall today officially opened Wairoa’s new $5 million integrated family health centre.

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22 November, 2013

Changes to Bill will clarify directors’ duties

Commerce Minister Craig Foss has today tabled a supplementary order paper (SOP) to the Companies and Limited Partnerships Amendment Bill.

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22 November, 2013

New Zealand ratifies multilateral tax convention

“It’s becoming ever harder to avoid or evade tax” Revenue Minister Todd McClay said today announcing that New Zealand has now taken the final procedural step for ratification of the multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

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22 November, 2013

Defence Minister to build links in Viet Nam and China

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman departs for Viet Nam and China this weekend for a series of meetings with his ministerial counterparts and defence officials.

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22 November, 2013

Minister visits new $1.7m renal unit in Hastings

Health Minister Tony Ryall today visited Hawke’s Bay’s new $1.7 million dialysis unit which is giving more patients access to this life sustaining treatment.

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22 November, 2013

August tertiary enrolment numbers reflect workplace recovery

The latest enrolment numbers for the tertiary sector are consistent with forecasts, with a slight decline in total numbers for the first eight months of this year.

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22 November, 2013

Medicines Amendment Bill passes final reading

Associate Minister of Health Todd McClay welcomed the passing of the Medicines Amendment Bill 2011.

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22 November, 2013

Collins opens New Zealand’s first Muslim forum

Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins will open New Zealand’s first Muslim World Forum in Auckland tomorrow and says it’s an example of our nation’s world-leading approach to building harmonious relations.

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22 November, 2013

Tax Bill proposals provide further support for Canterbury rebuild

Measures to clarify the tax treatment of certain employee allowances and reimbursements included in a tax bill introduced to Parliament today will be welcome news for employers and employees involved in Canterbury earthquake recovery work, say Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Revenue Minister Todd McClay.

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22 November, 2013

Nautical charts to be more accessible

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today announced mariners can now access free online navigational charts in a new, and more widely accessible, format as the government continues to make more publicly held information available for reuse.

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22 November, 2013

Tax Bill gives greater clarity to tax rules

An omnibus tax bill introduced today by Revenue Minister Todd McClay proposes changes to bring greater clarity to the tax rules and make them easier for businesses and other taxpayers to understand and comply with.

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21 November, 2013

Phil Goff misleads on state of Defence Force

Phil Goff continues to mislead the New Zealand public on the state of the New Zealand Defence Force, says Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman.

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21 November, 2013

New bill to fight sexual abuse of children online

A Bill that increases the penalties for making, trading or possessing child exploitation material passed its first reading in Parliament today.

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21 November, 2013

Broadcasting reappointments announced

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss today announced that he has reappointed Jane Taylor to the Radio New Zealand board (RNZ) and Alison Gerry, to the Television New Zealand board (TVNZ).

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21 November, 2013

New law to reduce unnecessary parole hearings

A Bill to cut back on unnecessary parole hearings for offenders who still pose a threat to the community has passed its first reading in Parliament.

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21 November, 2013

New director appointed for HBL

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the appointment of Kim Gordon as the Director of Health Benefits Limited (HBL).

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21 November, 2013

David Cunliffe needs to learn how to use Google

Environment Minister Amy Adams says David Cunliffe’s so-called secret document has been publicly-available for more than two years.

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21 November, 2013

Immigration bill passes first reading

A bill to crack down on employers who exploit migrant workers and improve the effectiveness of our immigration system has passed its first reading in Parliament today.

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21 November, 2013

Disappointment over Land Use Recovery Plan hold up

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says he’s deeply disappointed Christchurch City Council has not endorsed the Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP) it was considering at its meeting today.

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21 November, 2013

Law clarified for unit titles and bodies corporate

A bill clarifying and simplifying parts of the law around unit title owners and bodies corporate passed its third reading in Parliament today.

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21 November, 2013

Public have say on Vulnerable Children Bill

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is welcoming public submissions on the Vulnerable Children Bill to be heard from next week.

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21 November, 2013

Partnership Schools second round announced

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced a second Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua application round to continue the impetus for raising achievement for all children and young people.

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21 November, 2013

Wider reporting of adverse health events welcomed

Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew today welcomed the broadening of reporting of serious adverse events (SAEs) to include some private providers and other non-DHB organisations.

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21 November, 2013

Harm minimisation review underway

Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain today announced that a review of harm minimisation systems for Class 4 gambling in pubs and clubs will be carried out by the Department of Internal Affairs.

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21 November, 2013

$200,000 Youth Fund benefits 47 projects

Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that 47 projects will benefit from the Ministry of Youth Development’s Youth Fund 2014 totalling $200,000.

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21 November, 2013

New ACC board member announced

ACC Minister Judith Collins is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Gregor Coster to the ACC Board.

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21 November, 2013

More social houses to support Canterbury rebuild

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today turned the sod to mark the beginning of construction for Housing New Zealand’s new 26 inner city apartments and opened a further six community social housing units in Saint Albans.

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21 November, 2013

Report reinforces need for Govt’s freshwater reforms

Environment Minister Amy Adams and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have welcomed a water quality report released today by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

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21 November, 2013

WorkSafe New Zealand Board appointed

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today announced the permanent Board of the new workplace health and safety regulator, WorkSafe New Zealand.

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