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20 March, 2014

Minister opens new $5m dialysis unit in Porirua

Health Minister Tony Ryall today opened a new $5 million satellite dialysis unit at Keneperu Hospital – greatly improving access to this lifesaving treatment for Greater Wellington communities.

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20 March, 2014

Economy grows by 3.1 per cent, on right track

The economy continued to grow by more than 3 per cent in the year to 31 December, confirming that New Zealand remains on the right track under the Government’s economic programme, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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20 March, 2014

New commercial catch limits to ensure sustainability of fisheries

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today announced changes to catch limits for seven commercial fish stocks, aimed at ensuring their sustainability for all New Zealanders.

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20 March, 2014

Better broadband information for consumers goes live

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the introduction of a code of practice to improve the transparency of broadband product information for consumers.

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20 March, 2014

Smart Grid Forum members announced

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the members of a New Zealand Smart Grid Forum to advance the development of smart electricity networks in New Zealand.

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19 March, 2014

China and NZ set ambitious new trade goals

Prime Minister John Key and Chinese President Xi Jinping have today set an ambitious new goal for two-way trade of $30 billion by 2020.

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19 March, 2014

Te Pataka Ohanga referred to Serious Fraud Office

Education Ministers Hekia Parata and Dr Pita Sharples have referred matters relating to Te Pataka Ohanga, a private company owned by the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board, to the Serious Fraud Office.

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19 March, 2014

Service of Brigadier (Ret’d) Ottaway acknowledged

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse has acknowledged the outstanding service of Brigadier Richard (Rick) Ottaway.

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19 March, 2014

Families Commission role changes under new legislation

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed the passing of a Bill refocusing the role of the Families Commission, to house a vital new Social Policy Evaluation and Research unit (SuPERU).

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19 March, 2014

Rapid rise in prisoner education to reduce reoffending

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says prisoner access to literacy and numeracy programmes has received massive boosts since 2008, alongside huge increases in prisoners earning qualifications.

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19 March, 2014

Meeting Premier further strengthens NZ-China links

Prime Minister John Key says agreements entered into with China at his meeting with Premier Li Keqiang highlight the continuing strength of the relationship between our two countries.

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19 March, 2014

Households now have option to stop receiving phone books

Households can now stop getting phone books delivered, following Government approval for a new opt-out system, Communications and Information Technology Minister and Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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19 March, 2014

Cunliffe voting against himself on welfare fraud

Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows says Labour needs to be clear on where they stand on welfare fraud.

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19 March, 2014

Labour wants to go back to the 70s with NZ Economy

The Labour Party's desire to turn the clock back to the 1970s is once again highlighted with their grab-bag of ideas for the forestry industry, says Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.

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19 March, 2014

Government announces new financial performance regulations for local government

Ratepayers will be able to keep a closer eye on their councils’ financial positions thanks to a new set of financial prudence regulations for local government, says Associate Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga.

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19 March, 2014

Minister congratulates Timber Design winners

Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew has tonight paid tribute to the best of the best in Kiwi timber engineering and building design.

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19 March, 2014

Currency agreement will help trade, investment

An agreement allowing direct trading of the New Zealand dollar against China’s renminbi will help to build on the growing trade and investment ties between the two countries, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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19 March, 2014

China and NZ launch direct currency trading

Prime Minister John Key and China’s Premier, Li Keqiang, today announced the launch of direct trading of the New Zealand dollar against the Chinese renminbi in the Chinese onshore market.

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18 March, 2014

Welfare fraud bill passes second reading

A bill to help hold partners complicit in welfare fraud to account has passed its second reading in Parliament today.

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18 March, 2014

Release of independent audit into Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Minister of Education, Dr Pita Sharples have released the independent review of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, which shows the Trust’s financial controls are effective.

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18 March, 2014

New court order to better protect victims

A Bill creating a new order to protect victims of serious violent and sexual offences passed its second reading in Parliament today.

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18 March, 2014

New Zealand’s electoral system strengthened

A bill to improve New Zealand’s electoral law has passed its third and final reading in Parliament today.

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18 March, 2014

Benefit rates to increase with the cost of living

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says benefit and superannuation payments to more than a million New Zealanders will increase on April 1.

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18 March, 2014

New Arts Council members appointed

Thirteen inaugural members have been appointed to the new Arts Council, established by the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 2014, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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18 March, 2014

Work to further improve child and maternity services

Health Minister Tony Ryall says demonstration programmes underway in three DHBs have communities working together to improve local maternity and child health services.

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18 March, 2014

NZ-US agreement to combat cross-border crime

A new information sharing agreement to bolster New Zealand’s efforts to tackle international crime is one step closer.

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18 March, 2014

Increasing opportunities to watch Kiwi content

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss has welcomed the NZ On Air Local Content Report released today, showing that Kiwi content makes up more than a third of free-to-view TV schedules.

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18 March, 2014

RNZAF P3 Orion continues search for MH370

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion will relocate to Australia to continue searching for the missing Malaysian MH370 flight.

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17 March, 2014

Minister rejects claims on funding changes

Education Minister Hekia Parata has rejected claims that the Government is looking to fund schools according to student performance.

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17 March, 2014

Extension granted for Basin Bridge proposal

The Board of Inquiry appointed to decide on the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Basin Bridge proposal has been granted a three-month extension to issue its final report and decision, Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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