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17 March, 2014

New staff to boost border security

26 New Ministry for Primary Industries border staff begin training in Auckland today as part of a programme to beef up frontline resources, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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17 March, 2014

NZ & Indonesia building stronger energy links

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Auckland UniServices and the Indonesian Geothermal Association in Jakarta to develop specialised geothermal training courses held in New Zealand and Indonesia.

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17 March, 2014

Loan shark crack-down continues

Commerce Minister Craig Foss has welcomed the Commerce Select Committee report on a Bill that will crack-down on unscrupulous lenders who leave borrowers and their families in a spiral of uncontrolled debt.

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17 March, 2014

EQC working with Christchurch City Council

Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee says EQC is exploring making a financial contribution to Christchurch City Council-led area-wide flood mitigation as part of its role settling residential land damage claims.

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17 March, 2014

Minister of Health Volunteer Awards now open

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards - celebrating the service of New Zealand’s health volunteers.

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17 March, 2014

Calling for applications to the volunteering fund

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is calling for applications for this year’s Support for Volunteering Fund.

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16 March, 2014

NZ supports Philippines farmers’ recovery from Typhoon

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that New Zealand will provide $2.5 million to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to help farmers in the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan.

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16 March, 2014

Joyce opens education fair in Jakarta

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today opened an education trade fair in Jakarta that continues the push to grow New Zealand international education in Indonesia.

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16 March, 2014

New marine protected areas for Kaikoura

The Government today announced a new marine reserve, whale and fur seal sanctuary, five customary fishing areas and amateur fishing regulations to improve the management of Kaikoura’s coast and ocean.

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16 March, 2014

Crimean referendum deeply concerning - McCully

New Zealand will not recognise the result of the 16 March referendum on the status of Crimea, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.

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16 March, 2014

Minister visits Philippines to support Typhoon recovery

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye will be in the Philippines March 16 and 17.

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15 March, 2014

Govt invests further $2.1 million in community freshwater action

The Government is investing a further $2.1 million to help communities improve New Zealand’s freshwater quality, Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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15 March, 2014

NZ and Australia to work together on high seas conservation

New Zealand and Australia will work together on proposals to develop a new international agreement for improving conservation and management of the marine environment beyond countries’ national jurisdiction, New Zealand Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced today in Kaikoura.

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15 March, 2014

Respect key to tackling sexual violence early

ACC Minister Judith Collins has today announced a new school-based pilot project funded by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) as part of its new focus on preventing sexual violence.

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15 March, 2014

West Coast marine reserves pass final hurdle

Five new marine reserves on the West Coast at Kahurangi, Punakaiki, Okarito, Tauparikaka and Hautai have passed their final hurdle with concurrence being granted by the Minister for Primary Industries, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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15 March, 2014

Membership of Otago Marine Protection Planning Forum announced

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the appointment of a 14-member community-led forum to consider marine protection for the Otago coastline.

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14 March, 2014

Polyfest showcases Polynesian pride

The annual Polynesian Festival “Polyfest” event put on another vibrant display of fun and festivity today, attracting tens of thousands of spectators over the course of the festival.

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14 March, 2014

Government welcomes NEXT Foundation $100 million

Government Ministers attending today’s launch of the $100 million NEXT Foundation have welcomed its establishment and its commitment to New Zealand’s environmental and education projects at the Foundation’s launch in Auckland today.

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14 March, 2014

Government invests in Vibram Ultramarathon

A $300,000 Government investment will help build the international profile of the Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon, Associate Tourism Minister Todd McClay announced today.

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14 March, 2014

Joyce to visit Indonesia & Vietnam

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves on Sunday for Indonesia and Vietnam to highlight the growing New Zealand-ASEAN trade, energy and education relationship.

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14 March, 2014

Healthy Families NZ: Registrations of Interest open

Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced the Registration of Interest process has opened for ‘Healthy Families NZ’ - the first step in the rollout of the government’s new healthy eating and anti-obesity initiative.

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14 March, 2014

Entries open for PM’s Business Scholarships

Business owners and senior executives looking to expand their international expertise are being invited to apply for the 2014 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships.

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14 March, 2014

Agreement enhances EPICNZ reach

Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins says a partnership agreement signed by the Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA) today will build more connections between new migrants and established businesses in New Zealand.

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14 March, 2014

New TEI Council members appointed

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced 20 appointments to 13 tertiary education institution councils, which include two new council members.

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14 March, 2014

Smaller, more affordable home research lab launched

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today launched a new research and development initiative at Hobsonville in Auckland to foster innovation in more affordable homes.

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13 March, 2014

New legislation to strengthen the education sector

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata welcomed the first reading of the Education Amendment Bill in Parliament today, which will make a number of legislative changes aimed at strengthening the education profession.

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13 March, 2014

Four organisations to receive direct industry training funding

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced the first four organisations to receive direct Government funding through the Industry Training Fund direct funding pilot.

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13 March, 2014

Genesis Energy share offer details released

The Government today released further details of the partial float of Genesis Energy, including a 1:15 loyalty bonus share incentive for New Zealand retail investors.

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13 March, 2014

Financial Literacy campaign focuses on Pacific communities

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss and Pacific Island Affairs Minister, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga welcomed the launch of the 2014 Talanoa campaign. Talanoa encourages Pacific communities to ask for help and seek redress when they have problems with loans.

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13 March, 2014

Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group: Service in South-East Asia 1950-2011

The Government agrees with the Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group’s report that military personnel who served in South-East Asia have been appropriately recognised and additional medallic recognition is not justified.

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