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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informed by the Christchurch City Council that its professional indemnity and public liability insurer Riskpool has withdrawn cover effective 1 July for claims which may arise under the Building Act 2004.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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4 July, 2013

Civil Aviation Act review underway

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says a review of the Civil Aviation Act 1990 is now underway.

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4 July, 2013

April tertiary enrolment numbers released

Enrolment numbers in New Zealand’s tertiary education sector for the first four months of this year have dropped in line with forecasts.

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4 July, 2013

Wind farm consent a major boost for renewables

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed today’s Environment Court decision to grant consents for what could be the largest wind farm project in New Zealand.

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4 July, 2013

New Chair of Te Papa board appointed

Evan Williams of Auckland has been appointed Chair of the board of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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4 July, 2013

Government commits to safe Canterbury rebuild

Government Ministers have today signed the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter to help keep workers on the rebuild safe.

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4 July, 2013

Former judge appointed chair of Sports Tribunal

Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully today announced the appointment of former Court of Appeal Judge Hon Sir Bruce Robertson as chair of the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand.

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4 July, 2013

New Govt service launched to raise capital investment

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today launched a new Government service in Auckland to help businesses raise capital and accelerate their international growth.

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4 July, 2013

New pastoral lease rent system bedding in

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says 17 South Island High Country Crown pastoral leases are from this week on a new rent system.

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4 July, 2013

Visa waiver for Croatia approved

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today announced Croatians will no longer need a visa to travel to New Zealand for a short visit.

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3 July, 2013

Recently consented buildings set to be audited

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government will seek to have an audit of recent building consents issued by Christchurch City Council to ensure they’re up to the required standards.

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3 July, 2013

Minister thanks Aranui schools for their feedback

Education Minister Hekia Parata has thanked the five Aranui schools in greater Christchurch for providing feedback on the interim decision announced in May.

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3 July, 2013

Pharmacies - more care and attention

More people with long term health conditions are getting more care and attention from their pharmacists says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

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3 July, 2013

More students leaving school with NCEA Level 2

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the final NCEA results show more students are leaving school having achieved NCEA Level 2.

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