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8 July, 2013

New Zealand and Malta sign agreement

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today signed an agreement with Malta to allow portability of Superannuation and Veteran’s Pensions.

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8 July, 2013

Rare Rowi kiwi chick relocated onto Mana Island

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today released New Zealand’s rarest kiwi chick – the first from a Rowi breeding programme – onto Mana Island – a predator-free kiwi sanctuary off the Kapiti Coast.

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8 July, 2013

Convention Centre legislation introduced

Legislation that will give effect to the final agreement to design, build and operate a $402 million international standard convention centre in Auckland has today been introduced to Parliament.

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8 July, 2013

$1.1M giving young families a healthy start

The Government is investing $1.1 million in a nutrition and activity programme for pre-schoolers and their families in parts of the Waikato.

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8 July, 2013

Crown Manager appointed for Christchurch

The Government today announced the appointment of Douglas Martin as the Crown Manager for Christchurch City Council’s building consenting functions.

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8 July, 2013

Delivering better services and better value

The Government is delivering better public services while at the same time ensuring taxpayers receive better value from the many billions of dollars invested in them, State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

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8 July, 2013

New Zealand children getting better start to life

New Zealand children are getting a better start in life as a result of progress towards the Government’s Better Public Services results, social sector Ministers Tony Ryall, Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata say.

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8 July, 2013

Youth crime down 18 per cent, exceeds target

The latest justice sector Better Public Service results - showing a continued drop in total crime, youth crime and reoffending – highlight this Government’s commitment to keeping New Zealanders safe, Justice Minister Judith Collins says.

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8 July, 2013

Increasing use of online government services

New online Government services are proving popular with Kiwi families and businesses, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain say.

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8 July, 2013

More young NZers succeeding in education

More young New Zealanders are succeeding in education with further progress towards achieving the Government’s Better Public Service [BPS] results targets.

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8 July, 2013

Welfare reforms bringing positive results

Comprehensive changes to the welfare system are already proving successful, with increasing numbers of people moving off benefit and into work, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says.

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8 July, 2013

Good progress in meeting public service targets

Government agencies are making good progress across the 10 Better Public Services results to address some of New Zealand’s most challenging issues, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman say.

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8 July, 2013

Council to continue issuing consents

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Christchurch City Council can and, must, under section 212 of the Building Act 2004, continue issuing building consents, despite losing its accreditation.

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8 July, 2013

Pharmacist Prescribing Significant Step Toward Better Patient Medicines Management

The ability for Clinical Pharmacists who have completed the new postgraduate certificate in pharmacist prescribing and who are registered with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand to prescribe certain medicines has been welcomed by Associate Health Minister Mr McClay.

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8 July, 2013

Online availability of on-line cultural competency tool

The online tool that has helped over 6,000 health workers increase their cultural competency in its first year will remain available at no cost, at least until 31 March 2014, confirmed Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia.

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7 July, 2013

‘Legal High’ Legislation - McClay Counting Down the Days

Associate Health Minister Todd McClay says he is counting down the days until a new law provides New Zealanders with greater protection from potentially harmful drugs. Mr McClay will continue meeting with affected individuals and communities this week as Parliament debates the final stages of his Psychoactive Substances Bill.

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6 July, 2013

New rules for meat exports to China

New rules for meat exports to China will be implemented on Monday next week, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye said today.

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6 July, 2013

Final Convention Centre agreement signed

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has announced the Government and SkyCity last night completed negotiations and signed a 368-page final agreement to design, build and operate a $402 million international standard convention centre in Auckland.

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5 July, 2013

Minister congratulates principals on awards

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the two principals who have been awarded Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards tonight are outstanding examples of what inspirational leadership in schools can do for raising achievement.

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5 July, 2013

Riskpool’s withdrawal of cover will be managed

The Government has today been informed by the Christchurch City Council that its professional indemnity and public liability insurer Riskpool has withdrawn cover effective 1 July for claims which may arise under the Building Act 2004.

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5 July, 2013

Minister to visit Washington and Poland

Minister of Trade and for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser will depart tomorrow for Washington to meet his new US counterpart, United States Trade Representative, Mike Froman.

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5 July, 2013

Leading educational expert Andreas Schleicher to visit New Zealand

Leading world expert on educational achievement and best practice, Andreas Schleicher, will visit New Zealand next week.

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5 July, 2013

300 families supported to stay in own homes

Justice Minister Judith Collins has today announced the success of the safe@home programme as 300 families at risk of being re-victimised from domestic abuse are supported to stay in their own homes.

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5 July, 2013

Health Benefits Limited Board appointments

Three directors have been reappointed to the Board of Health Benefits Ltd (HBL).

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5 July, 2013

Landcorp and Massey University commit to Chinese partnership

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says a memorandum signed today between Landcorp Farming and Massey University and their Chinese counterparts will further strengthen the close ties between China and New Zealand in the agricultural sector.

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5 July, 2013

Health quality improvement scholarships awarded

Associate Minister Jo Goodhew has congratulated 16 health professionals who have won scholarships to take part in the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s improvement advisor professional development programme.

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5 July, 2013

Deficit $760m better than forecast in 11 months

A further improvement in government tax revenue left the operating deficit before gains and losses $763 million smaller than forecast in the 11 months to 31 May, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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4 July, 2013

Government to appoint Crown Manager

Minister of Local Government Chris Tremain and Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson met with the Christchurch City Council today to discuss the Terms of Reference for the appointment of a Crown Manager to address issues relating to the Council’s building consenting functions.

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4 July, 2013

Minister congratulates cyclist campaigner for prostate cancer awareness

“Better prostate cancer awareness amongst men and their families will lead to better survival rates,” said Health Minister Tony Ryall, acknowledging the efforts of prostate cancer awareness campaigner Graham Frith.

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4 July, 2013

$26M boost for eating disorders getting results

The Government’s extra $26 million investment in eating disorders services has more than doubled the number of dedicated beds and doubled the number of families being helped say Health Minister Tony Ryall and Associate Health Minister Todd McClay (Mental Health).

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