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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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30 June, 2014

Kapiti Island visitor fees to be reduced

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced a reduction to Kapiti Island permit fees to come into effect from tomorrow.

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30 June, 2014

Import tariffs on building materials lifted from 1 July

Import tariffs on a range of building products will be temporarily suspended from tomorrow – a measure which is expected to reduce housing costs and increase competition in the residential construction sector, Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Commerce Minister Craig Foss announced this afternoon.

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30 June, 2014

Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct contractor announced

Justice Minister Judith Collins today announced Fletcher Construction Company Limited has been awarded the main contract to construct the new Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.

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30 June, 2014

Cabinet approves earthquake relocation plan

Cabinet has approved the Emergency Relocation of Executive Government and Parliament Plan, Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

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30 June, 2014

NZ expects diplomat to face justice

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says he expects the diplomat accused of an attack on a young woman to face the consequences of his actions in his home country. This follows his Government declining New Zealand’s request for a waiver of diplomatic immunity.

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30 June, 2014

New Medicines law amendments take effect today

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has announced changes introduced under the Medicines Amendment Act 2013 and the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Regulations 2014 broadening the scope for prescribing by nurse practitioners, optometrists and midwives that come into force tomorrow.

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30 June, 2014

Crown Research Institutes appointments announced

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced a number of appointments to the boards of New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) and Research & Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ).

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30 June, 2014

More positive news in building consent figures

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the latest Statistics New Zealand figures showing the number of new dwellings consented is at its highest level since 2007.

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30 June, 2014

$18 million for improving care for rest home residents

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew today announced additional investment of $18 million to further improve the care of rest home residents throughout the country.

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30 June, 2014

New business information for Māori welcomed

Statistics Minister Nicky Wagner has welcomed the release of new statistics today on Māori businesses that will provide vital information to the sector.

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30 June, 2014

Creative Industries Pathway launched

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the release of the Creative Industries Vocational Pathway at the Te Ara Whakamana: Pathways, Transitions and Bridges to Tertiary Education Forum 2014 in Wellington.

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29 June, 2014

$212 million for regional State highway projects

Prime Minister John Key has this morning announced $212 million from the Future Investment Fund for a package of 14 regionally important State highway projects.

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27 June, 2014

Dual Launch for Pacific Health

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia facilitated the dual launch of Tangata o le Moana – the Auckland Regional Provider Network and the refreshed ‘Ala Mo’ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2014-2018 at Pacific Homecare in Papatoetoe, Auckland this week.

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27 June, 2014

Minister reappoints Waste Advisory Board members

Environment Minister Amy Adams has reappointed two members to the Waste Advisory Board.

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27 June, 2014

NZ adopts new healthy food labelling system

Minister for Food Safety Nikki Kaye today announced that the government will be adopting a new Health Star Rating food labelling system.

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27 June, 2014

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman appointed to Te Papa board

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has been appointed to the board of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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27 June, 2014

It’s not too late to get immunised against flu

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is encouraging anyone who has not yet been immunised against influenza to do so before the winter season peaks in late July to early August.

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27 June, 2014

RSA receives $150,000 to support veterans

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced a $150,000 grant to the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA).

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27 June, 2014

Trade target with China surpassed early

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed today’s release of statistics that show two-way trade with China has exceeded $20 billion on an annual basis for the first time.

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27 June, 2014

New drug detector dog for Auckland Airport

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the addition of a new drug detector dog at Auckland Airport.

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27 June, 2014

Call for New Zealanders to protect their future

Senior Citizens Minister Jo Goodhew has launched an information campaign encouraging people to protect their futures by setting up an enduring power of attorney (EPA).

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27 June, 2014

Minister opens $80 million Taranaki Hospital

Health Minister Tony Ryall will today open the new $80 million clinical building at Taranaki Hospital which will help meet the current and future health needs of the region.

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27 June, 2014

World’s largest maritime exercise is underway

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says HMNZS Canterbury has arrived in Hawaii this morning as Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) gets underway.

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26 June, 2014

Windblown timber Bill passed

The passing of the West Coast Windblown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill by 65 to 51 votes is a victory for common sense that will enable valuable native timber felled in Cyclone Ita to be recovered and used, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith said today.

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26 June, 2014

NZVIF Board appointment announced

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced the reappointment of Anne Blackburn as Deputy Chair of New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Ltd (NZVIF).

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26 June, 2014

New appointment to Massey University Council

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of Dr Helen Anderson QSO to the Massey University Council.

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26 June, 2014

New in-depth report on welfare released today

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says a new in-depth report released today shows welfare reforms are saving New Zealanders billions of dollars.

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26 June, 2014

Update on Environment Canterbury review

The Government has today provided an update about the review of the future governance arrangements of Environment Canterbury.

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26 June, 2014

FIF deemed rate of return set for 2013–14

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has announced that the deemed rate of return for taxing foreign investment fund (FIF) interests has been set at 7.99% for the 2013–14 income year, up from 6.91% for the previous income year.

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