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1 July, 2015

Science Challenge focuses on natural disasters

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has launched the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge, confirming initial funding of $19.6 million.

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1 July, 2015

Changes give certainty to community housing sector

Tax provisions to ensure community housing providers can continue to offer housing support to New Zealanders will give the sector the certainty it needs to keep growing, Ministers Paula Bennett and Todd McClay say.

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1 July, 2015

$8.8m in erosion grants awarded

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced $8.8 million in funding grants over four years to help councils tackle hill country erosion.

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1 July, 2015

ESC now mandatory for many new vehicles

Mandatory electronic stability control (ESC) for a range of new vehicles will help prevent deaths and serious injuries on our roads, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says.

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1 July, 2015

Sign Language grants to make a difference

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the first 14 grants for community projects from the newly established New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Fund.

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1 July, 2015

$438m motor vehicle levy cuts from today

New Zealanders will have an extra $438 million a year in their pockets through ACC motor vehicle levy cuts that kick in today, says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye.

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1 July, 2015

Free GP visits & prescriptions for under 13s

From today all New Zealand children aged under 13 will be eligible to access free GP visits at any time of the day or night seven days a week, as well as free prescriptions.

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1 July, 2015

West Coast wetlands protected by Nature Heritage Fund

A significant wetland on the West Coast home to rare birds and plants will be preserved for the public thanks to the Nature Heritage Fund, Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner says.

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1 July, 2015

Accommodation support rise for studying sole parents

Studying sole parents could be up to $165 a week better off from today when the Accommodation Benefit rises to match the Accommodation Supplement, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.

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1 July, 2015

NZQA congratulated on 25 years of service

Education Minister Hekia Parata has congratulated the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) on 25 years of service to education.

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1 July, 2015

Home Safety Service rolled out nationwide

Up to 1000 victims of family violence will be better protected with the rollout of the National Home Safety Service, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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1 July, 2015

Dawn of a new era for education

Today marks a new era for teachers as the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand opens its doors, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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30 June, 2015

Better protections for victims of cyberbullying

A Bill to curb cyberbullying and better support victims passed its third and final reading in Parliament today with overwhelming cross-party support.

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30 June, 2015

More support and progress in storm recovery

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says dedicated recovery managers are on the ground to coordinate the recovery led by local authorities, in areas affected by the recent severe storm.

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30 June, 2015

Trade Minister to attend Pacific Alliance Summit in Peru

Trade Minister Tim Groser departs today for Peru to attend the Pacific Alliance Summit in Paracas, Peru from 1-3 July.

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30 June, 2015

Clearer labour market process for employers

A new streamlined labour market test process in Queenstown will benefit employers trying to fill low-skilled vacancies, say Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse.

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30 June, 2015

Government delivering on transport commitments

Today’s release of the National Land Transport Programme for 2015-18 is a strong statement of Government commitment to regional New Zealand, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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30 June, 2015

Minister welcomes record transport investment

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the release of the largest National Land Transport Programme in New Zealand’s history.

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30 June, 2015

Corrections land returned to Tuwharetoa

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today helped celebrate the return of 8500ha of Crown land to Ngati Tuwharetoa.

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30 June, 2015

New building consents continue to surge

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the release of the latest building consent figures from Statistics New Zealand, which show the annual number of consents at an eight-year high.

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30 June, 2015

Paving the way for a simpler tax system

A tax bill to be introduced today will help prepare the ground for simplification of the tax administration system, says Revenue Minister Todd McClay.

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30 June, 2015

Economic benefits from Cricket World Cup

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcome a PwC report which confirms the positive economic impact of co-hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

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30 June, 2015

Foss to attend small business conference

Small Business Minister Craig Foss will travel to Melbourne tomorrow to attend the 28th Annual Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) conference.

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30 June, 2015

NZ announces Cyclone Pam tourism recovery package

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced a $26 million package, aimed at helping the tourism sector in Vanuatu recover following Cyclone Pam.

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30 June, 2015

New Local Government Commissioners

New appointments to the Local Government Commission will continue to foster strong and effective local democracy, Local Government Minister Paula Bennett says.

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30 June, 2015

Paula Rose appointed to BSA

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has announced the appointment of Paula Rose QSO, as a board member of the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA).

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30 June, 2015

Fewer students being suspended

A drop in the number of school students being suspended, stood-down, excluded and expelled has been welcomed by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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30 June, 2015

Delivering benefits to families - July 1 changes

A number of government policies that come into effect tomorrow will deliver real benefits to families, Prime Minister John Key says.

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30 June, 2015

Community Corrections site opens in Taupō

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today officially opened the refurbished Taupō Community Corrections site.

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29 June, 2015

NZ signs up to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

New Zealand has formally become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at a signing ceremony in Beijing today, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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