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14 March, 2015

Returned healthcare worker in stable condition

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone is in a stable condition in Christchurch Hospital.

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14 March, 2015

Innovative new youth court for Tauranga

A new youth court for Tauranga will place a stronger focus on addressing offending by young Māori says Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams.


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13 March, 2015

Returned healthcare worker being tested to rule out Ebola

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says New Zealand is well placed to respond to a patient who needs to be tested to rule out the Ebola virus.

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13 March, 2015

McClay to travel to Singapore and Australia

Revenue, SOE and Associate Trade and Foreign Affairs Minister, Todd McClay will travel to Singapore and Australia from16-21 March to help foster ties and grow New Zealand’s technology sector.

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13 March, 2015

Second South Island town now fully fibred

Ashburton now has access to faster, more reliable broadband thanks to the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network, says Communications Minister Amy Adams.

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13 March, 2015

$5.2m upgrade for Tolaga Bay Area School

Students at Tolaga Bay Area School, East Coast, are set to enjoy a $5.2 million classroom upgrade, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

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13 March, 2015

Appointment of Christchurch Coroner

Christchurch barrister Marcus Elliott has been appointed a Coroner, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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13 March, 2015

1600 jobs on offer at Brisbane job fair

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse have welcomed news that 30 Kiwi employers are travelling to Brisbane to hold on-the-spot interviews for the 1600 jobs that are on offer at this weekend’s job fair.

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13 March, 2015

Crown reviewing Supreme Court ruling

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Crown is reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision, released this morning, on the appeal taken by a group of vacant, commercial and uninsured Christchurch landowners calling themselves the ‘Quake Outcasts,’ and commercial property developer Fowler Developments Limited.

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13 March, 2015

Tech boot camps grow young entrepreneurs

Young technology entrepreneurs in the Waikato region will benefit from $60,000 of funding for Online Education Limited, announced today by Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.

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13 March, 2015

Forum committed to raising achievement

Education Minister Hekia Parata is today in Wellington holding the first meeting of this year’s Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement.

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13 March, 2015

Sharing NZ expertise to reduce disaster risk

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee is leading the New Zealand delegation to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, from March 14-18.

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13 March, 2015

$889k fund helps councils work with youth

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye says from today, councils can apply for a share of $889,000 funding under the 2015 Youth Development Partnership Fund to help them work with young people.

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12 March, 2015

Flag Referendums Bill passes first reading

A bill that sets out how the two postal referendums on the New Zealand Flag will be conducted passed its first reading in Parliament today, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.

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12 March, 2015

Strong economic performance in Northland

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the release of the latest regional gross domestic product (GDP) figures, which show the Northland economy grew 7.8 percent in 2014 - the region’s highest annual rate since 2007.

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12 March, 2015

Numbers not Turei’s strong suit

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has again shown that not only does she not understand basic math, but she doesn’t understand her own pay slip, says Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse.

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12 March, 2015

More resources for kidney disease patients

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched new video resources aimed at increasing the awareness and understanding of kidney disease.

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12 March, 2015

Far North one step closer to better connectivity

The Far North District Council is the first to put its hand up and be part of the Government’s next stage of the broadband rollout, Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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12 March, 2015

Govt launches next stage of broadband rollout

Ultra-fast fibre broadband will be extended to 80 per cent of New Zealanders and rural connectivity will be expanded, Communications Minister Amy Adams confirmed in Kerikeri today.

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12 March, 2015

Criminals pay for better drug screening

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says that a new state of the art drug analyser funded by proceeds of crime has made finding drugs at the border easier and safer during the first six months of use.

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12 March, 2015

Woodhouse welcomes skilled migrants

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes new figures out today showing an increasing number of skilled migrants coming to New Zealand as a sign of the country’s strong economic outlook.

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11 March, 2015

Statement on the Titirangi kauri tree

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has said she is concerned that a mature kauri tree is under threat.

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11 March, 2015

GDP figures show growth in all NZ regions

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today welcomed the latest regional gross domestic product (GDP) data release, which shows that all regional economies in New Zealand have grown in the last 12 months.

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11 March, 2015

RMA claims over kauri wrong

Opposition parties are playing politics in claiming that changes to the Resource Management Act have affected the protected status of a kauri tree in the Waitakere Ranges, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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11 March, 2015

Extra controls on 1080

The Government has introduced tighter controls on high purity forms of 1080 in response to the criminal threat to use 1080 to contaminate infant and other formula, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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11 March, 2015

Connecting leading Māori researchers with communities

Māori Development Minister Hon Te Ururoa Flavell is proud to have launched Te Hononga Pūkenga – the Māori and Indigenous Researcher Directory today in Wellington.

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11 March, 2015

Books show surplus for seven months to January

The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) for the seven months to January was a surplus of $77 million, driven by higher than expected tax revenue and lower than expected operating expenses, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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11 March, 2015

Memorial feedback open until Sunday

Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Nicky Wagner says hundreds of people have given their opinion on the six short-listed Canterbury Earthquake Memorial designs and the public have until Sunday 15 March to provide further feedback.

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11 March, 2015

Support for Volunteering Fund opens online

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew today announced a new funding round has opened for the Support for Volunteering Fund, and applications can now be lodged online.

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10 March, 2015

Drug and alcohol testing to improve public safety

People serving community-based sentences or on bail will think twice before reoffending while using alcohol or drugs with the introduction of a bill that allows them to be tested, Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says.

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