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19 November, 2013

Regions leading NZ’s economic recovery

New Zealand’s economic recovery continues to be led by the regions, the latest ANZ Regional Trends report released today shows.

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19 November, 2013

Novopay end of year proceeding well but challenges remain

More than 90 per cent of schools have now entered their pay data for the end of the school year via an upgraded version of Novopay Online, Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce says.

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19 November, 2013

Bill to lower adult drink-drive limit introduced

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has today introduced legislation that will lower the adult drink-driving limits.

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19 November, 2013

Govt releases reports on Pay Periods 16 & 17

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce today released the reports on complaints and notifications in regards to Pay Periods 16 and 17 of the schools’ payroll.

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19 November, 2013

Government intends to auction remaining 4G spectrum

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today announced that the Government intends to auction the remaining 2x5 MHz block of 700 MHz radio spectrum.

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19 November, 2013

New code of practice requirement for aerially-assisted trophy hunting

The proposed new Game Animal Council will have a new responsibility of developing and applying a code of practice for aerially-assisted trophy hunting, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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19 November, 2013

Customs and Excise Act to be reviewed

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson today announced the Customs and Excise Act 1996 will be reviewed.

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19 November, 2013

Typhoon aid boosted to more than $5m

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand will provide a further $2.975 million to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, taking New Zealand’s total contribution to more than $5m.

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19 November, 2013

First Commodity Levy for Forestry

Associate Minister for Primary Industries, Jo Goodhew has today announced a new commodity levy on all harvested wood material, including logs, from New Zealand plantation forests.

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19 November, 2013

Tax exemption to help community organisations assist home ownership

The Government will introduce legislation to Parliament to give community housing providers and donors certainty that assisting low-income families into home ownership will be exempt from income tax.

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19 November, 2013

New Government Chief Privacy Officer

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman and Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain say there will be a stronger focus on privacy and security across government with the creation of a Government Chief Privacy Officer (GCPO).

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19 November, 2013

MCDEM shift will strengthen emergency management and resilience

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman and Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye say civil defence emergency management will be strengthened by transferring the agency to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

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18 November, 2013

PM welcomes closer business links with Thailand

Prime Minister John Key today welcomed a number of new business signings between New Zealand and Thai companies that will enhance the commercial links between the two countries.

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18 November, 2013

RNZAF support for Philippines relief effort

A RNZAF Hercules C-130 which left New Zealand on Thursday has delivered key emergency aid equipment and food to the battered cities of Tacloban and Ormoc and the town of Guiuan.

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18 November, 2013

Business Growth Agenda driving jobs & growth

The Government’s comprehensive Business Growth Agenda is helping New Zealand build a productive and competitive economy to deliver more jobs and higher growth for people around New Zealand, Finance Minister Bill English and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce say.

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18 November, 2013

Call for applications to community fund

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew today announced the start of a new funding round for the Community Development Scheme.

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18 November, 2013

Earthquake-prone housing complex tested to destruction

A 1950s, four-unit Housing New Zealand building in Upper Hutt is this week being tested to destruction to help inform decisions on the repair and replacement of earthquake-prone buildings.

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18 November, 2013

War in the Pacific remembered 70 years on

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today hosted 76 veterans in Parliament to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the War in the Pacific.

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16 November, 2013

Joyce represents NZ at China Hi-Tech Fair

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today gave the keynote speech at the opening of the China Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen – the leading technology show in China.

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15 November, 2013

Minister to visit Warsaw for Climate Change Negotiations

Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser departs for Warsaw tomorrow to participate in the annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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15 November, 2013

NZ & China work to improve rural water quality in China

A joint New Zealand-China environmental science project investigating ways to improve water quality has started a series of field trials on a New Zealand owned farm.

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15 November, 2013

New member appointed to Basin Bridge Board of Inquiry

Environment Minister Amy Adams has today announced the appointment of David McMahon to the Basin Bridge Board of Inquiry.

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15 November, 2013

Board of Inquiry to consider Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal

Environment Minister Amy Adams and Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith have announced that the New Zealand Transport Agency’s proposal for a new section of highway between Pūhoi and Warkworth will be directed to an independent Board of Inquiry.

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15 November, 2013

Ernst & Young Australia to undertake Chorus assessment

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today announced the firm that will undertake an independent assessment of Chorus’ financial position, and released the terms of reference.

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15 November, 2013

Ballot now open for Gallipoli 2015

The public ballot to attend the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day at Gallipoli in 2015 is now open, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced.

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15 November, 2013

Green light for schools as digital community hubs

Schools with ultra-fast broadband will soon be able to share their fibre connections with their local communities, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said today.

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15 November, 2013

Defence Minister visits NZ’s largest ever international exercise

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman is today visiting Exercise Southern Katipo in Timaru.

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15 November, 2013

Woodhouse attends SCOTI meeting in Brisbane

Associate Minister of Transport Michael Woodhouse will represent the New Zealand Government at the 5th meeting of the Standing Council of Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) in Brisbane today.

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15 November, 2013

Supported flatting for teens

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been leading a project to set up supported flatting arrangements for teenagers.

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15 November, 2013

Good progress continues on broadband programmes

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today released the latest quarterly report on the Government’s ultra-fast broadband and rural broadband programmes.

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