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6 August, 2014

Unemployment falls to 5.6 per cent

Unemployment has fallen to 5.6 per cent – its lowest level since the March 2009 quarter.

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6 August, 2014

Welfare fraud reforms delivering results

The Government’s welfare fraud reforms are working to make sure the benefit system is there for those who need it, says Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows.

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6 August, 2014

Increased returns to community from new gambling regulations

New regulations requiring gaming machine societies to increase the minimum they return to the community from Class 4 gaming machine (‘pokie’) takings come into effect on 4 September 2014, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

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6 August, 2014

Customs cash dogs go international

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed a new partnership between New Zealand, Hong Kong and Chinese Customs to develop cash detector dog capabilities in the region.

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5 August, 2014

Cook Islands Language Week launched in West Auckland

New Zealanders around the country will this week celebrate Cook Islands Language Week from 4-10 August.

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5 August, 2014

UFB rolled out to half a million households, schools, businesses

More than half a million households, businesses, schools and health centres are now able to connect to the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband network, which continues to rollout ahead of schedule.

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5 August, 2014

Dunne Says Honesty Needed on Medicinal Cannabis Debate

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has criticised ‘misleading and emotive’ statements on medicinal cannabis from pro-cannabis groups.

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5 August, 2014

Minister welcomes Council’s progress

Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith has welcomed the Assessment Report from International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) today which shows the Christchurch City Council is making good progress towards regaining its accreditation as a Building Consent Authority (BCA).

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5 August, 2014

Idyllic Otago high country protected

New Zealand’s largest-ever conservation covenant of 53,000 hectares between Arrowtown and Wanaka was announced today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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5 August, 2014

Whanganui River Deed of Settlement signed

The Crown and Whanganui Iwi have signed a deed of settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of the iwi in relation to the Whanganui River, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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5 August, 2014

Government delivers $480 million reduction in ACC levies

ACC Minister Judith Collins today announced reductions to motor vehicle levies in 2015/16 meaning the average New Zealand vehicle owner will be $135 better off each year.

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5 August, 2014

$24 million for NIWA-led Deep South Challenge

Funding of $24 million over five years has been approved for New Zealand’s second National Science Challenge - The Deep South Challenge Te Kōmata o Te Tonga, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says.

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5 August, 2014

McCully announces first Consul-General for Western China

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Alistair Crozier to open New Zealand’s new Consulate in Chengdu, Western China.

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5 August, 2014

New Ambassador to the Netherlands announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Janet Lowe as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to the Netherlands, to be based in The Hague.

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5 August, 2014

Publication of full rest home audits to continue

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has announced that publication of full rest home audit reports will continue.

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5 August, 2014

Age limit for border clearing technology lowered

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the age limit to use the border clearing technology SmartGate has been lowered from 16 to 12.

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5 August, 2014

Citizenship a ‘must’ for General Election candidates

Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne is reminding all people intending to stand as candidates in this year’s General Election that they must be New Zealand citizens.

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4 August, 2014

$700,000 grant for outdoor recreation

The Government is to provide a grant of $700,000 from the Community Conservation Partnership Fund to tramping, hunting and mountain biking clubs for 107 back country projects, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced tonight at the Nelson Tramping Club’s AGM.

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4 August, 2014

Online voting report welcomed by Minister

A report looking at the feasibility of online voting for local body elections has been welcomed by Associate Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.

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4 August, 2014

McCully congratulates Commonwealth Games athletes

Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand’s team at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has done the country proud.

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4 August, 2014

Whole of Government action plan on tackling gangs

Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says the Government is taking action to tackle and prevent gang crime, to reduce the harm it causes to families and communities.

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4 August, 2014

Next Ambassador to Thailand announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Reuben Levermore as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to Thailand.

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4 August, 2014

Hospital patients asked for feedback

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is welcoming a new survey system which will ask hospital patients for their feedback.

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2 August, 2014

Te Ture Whenua Māori Act information meetings

Crown officials and iwi representatives will report on progress in the legislative reform of Māori land governance and seek feedback from landowners in a series of 19 hui nationwide this month.

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1 August, 2014

Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications

The next round of applications for the Racing Safety Development Fund opens today, Minister for Racing Nathan Guy has announced.

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1 August, 2014

NZ exceeds commitment to Pacific renewable energy

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today updated Pacific leaders and post Forum dialogue partners on the progress being made to implement renewable energy projects agreed to at the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit.

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1 August, 2014

New city sculpture for Christchurch

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today unveiled a new public sculpture in central Christchurch symbolic of nature and renewal.

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1 August, 2014

Crown new guardians of TVNZ Archives

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss has welcomed the transfer of TVNZ’s archives to Crown guardianship today.

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1 August, 2014

Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāruahine

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Ngaruahine settling the iwi’s historical Treaty claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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1 August, 2014

Health minister opens $7 million Nikau House

Health Minister Tony Ryall officially opened the $7 million Nikau House development at Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital in Epsom, Auckland today.

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