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3 July, 2014

Clear, robust national standards for water quality

The Government has today announced clear, robust national standards for freshwater that will make a significant improvement to the way freshwater is managed.

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3 July, 2014

Evaluation shows Youth Service working

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says an evaluation of Youth Service, the first of the Government’s welfare reforms, provides hard evidence that it is working in turning around young peoples’ lives.

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2 July, 2014

Malaysia will return accused to New Zealand

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the announcement from Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah that the official accused of an attack on a young woman in Wellington will be returned to New Zealand.

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2 July, 2014

Employment Relations Authority Appointments

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today announced the reappointment of Rosemary Monaghan as Chief of the Employment Relations Authority.

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2 July, 2014

Act ensures hospital rebuild will keep to schedule

Special legislation designed to ensure timely recovery following the Canterbury earthquakes will be used to deliver appropriate Christchurch health facilities to meet an expected spike in demand in 2018.

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2 July, 2014

Deputy Inspector-General Intelligence named

Prime Minister John Key has announced the appointment of Ben Keith as Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

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2 July, 2014

Spread of new measles cases cause concern

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says a spate of new measles cases dotted around the North Island highlights the need for people to check if they have been immunised.

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2 July, 2014

Health Star Rating tools now available online

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the launch of an online calculator that will enable food businesses to determine their products’ nutritional value under the Health Star Rating food labelling system.

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2 July, 2014

Breaking the family violence cycle

The Government has announced it will introduce a whole-of-Government approach to address family violence in New Zealand, break the cycle of violence and achieve intergenerational change.

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2 July, 2014

Government welcomes report on Family Violence

The Government has welcomed the report from the Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence released today. The Expert Advisory Group (EAG) was tasked with providing independent strategic advice to the Government to assist in determining key priority actions to address family violence in New Zealand.

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2 July, 2014

Chief Victims Advisor underpins package to prevent family violence

A cross-government approach to prevent family violence proposes new Justice sector initiatives to keep women and children safe, Justice Minister Judith Collins and Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley announced today.

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2 July, 2014

Prime Minister addresses family violence

The Prime Minister has this morning announced a suite of cross-Government initiatives aimed at addressing family violence.

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2 July, 2014

Henri Eliot to chair Tax Simplification Panel

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has announced Board Dynamics founder, Henri Eliot, as the Chair of the new Taxpayer’s Simplification Panel.

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2 July, 2014

Keeping ahead of advances in screening

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says work is underway to ensure the most up-to-date practices are being used in our screening programmes.

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2 July, 2014

Computer system marks 25 years in the Pacific

Statistics Minister Nicky Wagner says a computer system developed 25 years ago to help Pacific nations gather reliable trade information is now used in more than a dozen countries.

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1 July, 2014

McCully receives Malaysian assurances

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has tonight spoken to Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah to clarify any misunderstanding relating to the diplomat who was accused of an attack on a woman and the circumstance involving his return home.

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1 July, 2014

Modernising the regulation of valuers

Proposed changes to the regulation scheme for valuers will better position it to meet current demands, Land Information Minister Michael Woodhouse said today.

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1 July, 2014

Pacific Business Trust Board Chair reappointed

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has today announced the reappointment of Mrs Poalaga Selma Scott as Chairperson of the Board of the Pacific Business Trust.

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1 July, 2014

Inspiring action on gender balance in leadership

Women’s Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew is calling on business leaders to focus on creating pathways to leadership for more women in New Zealand.

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1 July, 2014

Travel mileage rate for veterans increases

The travel concession mileage rate paid to eligible veterans will increase by 20 per cent from today, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

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1 July, 2014

15 more Canterbury school pools to be repaired

The Ministry of Education aims to repair a further 15 quake-damaged school pools in the greater Christchurch area with most due for completion in time for the 2015 school year, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said today.

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1 July, 2014

Appointments to New Zealand Symphony Orchestra board

Peter Biggs and Bronwen Holdsworth have been appointed to the board of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and members Donald Best, Lisa Bates and Roger Taylor have been reappointed, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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1 July, 2014

Support to double for ACC hearing loss clients

Hearing aid clients can look forward to more choice from today as improvements to hearing loss regulations come into effect, ACC Minister Judith Collins says.

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1 July, 2014

New look child health book launched

Health Minister Tony Ryall met with mums at a Plunket group in Wellington to launch the new Well Child Tamariki Ora health book – the first major revision to the book in over quarter of a century.

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1 July, 2014

Financial service provider regime improved

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss today welcomed a range of new measures to strengthen the financial service provider registration and dispute resolution regime.

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1 July, 2014

Govt signs $65 million contract on new international cable

Government-owned company Research and Educational Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has entered into a $65 million anchor tenancy contract with Hawaiki Cable Ltd for its proposed new international telecommunications cable, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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1 July, 2014

He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tāngata Māori Housing Strategy launched

Associate Minister of Housing Tariana Turia launched “He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tāngata – The Māori Housing Strategy in Kaitaia today. The plan reflects the Government’s desire for a long-term strategy to improve Māori housing and respond to the housing aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi.

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1 July, 2014

Lower fees for KiwiSaver default schemes

Commerce Minister Craig Foss says nine KiwiSaver default providers start their seven year appointment today, offering lower fees for investors.

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1 July, 2014

More support from today to meet housing needs

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says people and families in need of social housing will be better supported by the Government’s investment of $95.7 million of new money over the next four years.

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1 July, 2014

Rotavirus vaccine free from today

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is welcoming the introduction of free rotavirus vaccination from today.

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