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29 January, 2015

Customs’ busiest Christmas for 175 years

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says passenger numbers at New Zealand airports increased by five percent in December, compared to the same period in 2013, making the 2014 Christmas period the busiest since the Customs Service was formed 175 years ago.

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29 January, 2015

Two new PGP programmes approved

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed approval for two exciting new programmes to join the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Primary Growth Partnership (PGP).

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29 January, 2015

$5m to expand Food Innovation Network

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced that Callaghan Innovation will invest almost $5 million over five years in a project that will expand New Zealand’s Food Innovation Network.

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29 January, 2015

Pike families’ proposals for Great Walk and Park extension welcomed

Proposals by the Pike River Families Group Committee for the Pike River mine site and the surrounding area to be added to the Paparoa National Park and for the establishment of a new Great Walk between the mine site and Punakaiki have been welcomed by the Government, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said today.

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29 January, 2015

More children receiving B4 School Checks

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more children than ever are benefiting from the free before school health checks.

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29 January, 2015

New Zealand resumes defence ties with Fiji

New Zealand Defence Force co-operation with Fiji’s military forces will formally resume this weekend, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today.

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29 January, 2015

Upwards NCEA trend continues

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the release of provisional results showing NCEA Level 2 achievement rates are continuing to rise.

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29 January, 2015

Safer journeys a step closer in Taranaki

Work is set to ramp up on the long-awaited Normanby Overbridge Realignment project, which will vastly improve the safety of State Highway 3 between Hawera and Eltham in Taranaki.

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29 January, 2015

Appointment of Judge of the High Court

Christchurch Barrister and Solicitor Gerald Hope Nation has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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28 January, 2015

$2.77m to support newly qualified midwifes

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more support is being provided for newly qualified midwives.

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28 January, 2015

Ministers confirm commitment to social housing

The Government’s commitment to helping New Zealanders in need by providing more social housing is at the heart of its social housing reform programme, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.

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28 January, 2015

EQC Anniversary a milestone for New Zealand

The 70th anniversary since the Earthquake and War Damage Commission was set up in January 1945, is a proud milestone for all New Zealanders, Minister responsible for the EQC, Gerry Brownlee says.

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27 January, 2015

Finlayson to attend 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Attorney-General, Christopher Finlayson, will represent New Zealand at the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in Poland on 27 January, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Mr Finlayson is accompanied by Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Hon Annette King, underscoring the importance of the commemoration to all New Zealanders.

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27 January, 2015

New year good time to prepare for emergencies

With many of us finishing our summer break and gearing up for the new work and school year, now’s the time to check that we’re prepared for an emergency, says Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye.

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27 January, 2015

Customs marks 175 years at border

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulated the New Zealand Customs Service on the eve of its 175th anniversary of service protecting New Zealand’s border.

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27 January, 2015

Minister to visit the UK and Norway

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today departs for Europe to talk about child protection systems in Scotland and Norway, and work underway in England and Wales to help long-term sickness beneficiaries and disabled people into work and to live independent lives.

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26 January, 2015

Racing Safety Fund open for applications

Racing Minister Nathan Guy has announced that the next round of applications for the Racing Safety Development Fund will open on 2 February 2015.

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26 January, 2015

Equine industry joins GIA biosecurity agreement

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed a fourth primary industry to the GIA partnership today.

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26 January, 2015

NZ Condemns latest violence in Ukraine

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned the killing of up to 30 civilians in Eastern Ukraine over the weekend.

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25 January, 2015

Minister welcomes beginning of school year

Education Minister Hekia Parata has wished Kiwi kids well as they begin heading back to school on Monday.

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25 January, 2015

McCully to AU Summit and Jordan

Foreign Minister Murray McCully is travelling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the 24th African Union Summit which runs from 26 to 27 January.



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23 January, 2015

PM extends condolences following death of Saudi King

Prime Minister John Key has extended his condolences to the people of Saudi Arabia following the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.


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23 January, 2015

2015 school infrastructure spend $650 million

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says 2015 will see major school property developments as the Government invests around $650 million in maintaining, modernising and replacing buildings and infrastructure.

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23 January, 2015

Deficit $1.5b in five months to November

Lower than expected operating expenses and higher than forecast customs and excise duties contributed to an operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) deficit $121 million better than forecast for the five months to November, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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22 January, 2015

Community brings fairy prions to Mana Island

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the successful introduction of 100 fairy prion chicks to Mana Island and congratulated those involved with the community partnership project.

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22 January, 2015

Minister responds to parent engagement report

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the Government has accepted the 18 recommendations of the Education and Science Select Committee’s inquiry into engaging parents in their children’s education.

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22 January, 2015

Bain compensation case resumes

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today confirmed that judicial review proceedings undertaken by David Bain have been discontinued, following an agreement between the two parties.

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22 January, 2015

New AoG contract for advertising media

Government agencies are now able to access further savings when it comes to purchasing advertising media, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

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22 January, 2015

Child abuse down by 12 percent but still way too high

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed latest child abuse statistics showing that the number of children abused in the year ended June 2014 fell by 2,306 or 12 percent on the previous year.

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22 January, 2015

Foss to visit Turkey, China

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss will visit Turkey this week to meet key officials and review plans for this year’s Anzac Day commemorations.

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