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13 November, 2014

Cross-agency Ebola exercise a success

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says New Zealand is prepared to respond to a range of potential scenarios involving Ebola, with a table-top exercise held in Wellington today as part of ongoing readiness activities.

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13 November, 2014

Go-ahead for first Central City transport projects

Christchurch has taken the first steps towards a modern central city transport network that works for all kinds of travel.

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13 November, 2014

James Cook Research Fellowships awarded

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the recipients of this year’s James Cook Research Fellowships.

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13 November, 2014

NZ upgrades diplomatic mission in Myanmar

Prime Minister John Key today announced that New Zealand has upgraded its diplomatic mission in Yangon, Myanmar to a full Embassy.

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13 November, 2014

OECD report highlights importance of RMA reform

New Zealand’s ranking in a just-published report as 28th of 34 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in terms of the burden to the economy due to environmental policies highlights the importance of reforming the Resource Management Act, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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13 November, 2014

Minister welcomes ASB Community Trust insulation partnership

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says the ASB Community Trust contribution to funding the insulation of houses in Auckland, as part of the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme, is an important example of partnership between Government and community organisations.

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13 November, 2014

Minister commends Police efforts to find prisoner

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse today acknowledged the combined efforts of New Zealand and international Police to find and capture absconded prisoner Phillip John Smith (Traynor) overnight.

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12 November, 2014

PM opens NZ Consulate-General in Chengdu

Prime Minister John Key today opened the New Zealand Consulate-General in the Western Chinese city of Chengdu.

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12 November, 2014

Minister commends Karapiro clean-up

Land Information Minister Louise Upston has welcomed the removal of aquatic hornwort from Lake Karapiro, saying it will enhance the health of this nationally significant lake.

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12 November, 2014

Minister witnesses $120 million deal to NZ company

Less than nine months after the Prime Minister witnessed the signing of a landmark MOU between Pacific Aerospace and Beijing Automotive Group, Trade Minister Tim Groser was present for the delivery of the first two of 53 aircraft as part of agreements worth $120 million to Hamilton-based company, Pacific Aerospace Limited (PAL).

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12 November, 2014

Innovative eHealth idea wins $10,000

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated the winner of a challenge to find innovative IT ideas to improve health services.

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12 November, 2014

Better air connections with the Philippines

Air links between New Zealand and the Philippines are set to improve with the signing today of an air services arrangement, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

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11 November, 2014

Traynor’s passport recalled

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said today the Department of Internal Affairs has recalled the passport of prisoner Phillip John Smith, issued in the name of Phillip John Traynor, under S.10 of the Passport Act 1992.

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11 November, 2014

Tech incubator awards first repayable grant

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the recipient of the first repayable grant through Callaghan Innovation’s expanded business incubator network.

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11 November, 2014

Food Safety Arrangement signed with Indonesia

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has today welcomed the signing of a Food Safety Arrangement between New Zealand and Indonesia.

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11 November, 2014

Applications open for $10m fund for teachers’ ideas

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that applications have opened for the new $10 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund.

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11 November, 2014

Tasman growers facing major cleanup

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has visited hail-affected orchards in the Tasman region and says growers are coping well despite the damage caused last week.

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11 November, 2014

Commemoration by the numbers

Statistics Minister Craig Foss today commemorated Armistice Day with the launch of a WW100 infographic.

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11 November, 2014

Strategic approach to health workforce planning

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new Health Workforce New Zealand reports show New Zealand has a sound strategy in place on workforce planning.

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11 November, 2014

Winston Churchill Fellows Announced for 2015

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew today announced that 14 recipients have been awarded Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships for 2015.

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10 November, 2014

Agencies to urgently review prisoner escape

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse and Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga say agencies are working together to urgently review how a prisoner on temporary release was able to leave the country.

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10 November, 2014

Minister wishes students the best for exams

Education Minister Hekia Parata has offered her best wishes to the 143,000 students sitting NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

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10 November, 2014

Minister opens new Christchurch blood centre

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today officially opened the New Zealand Blood Service’s new state-of-the-art Christchurch Blood Centre.

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7 November, 2014

Minister commemorates Armistice Day in Europe

In her first official overseas visit new Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister, and lead Minister for New Zealand’s WW100 programme, Maggie Barry will attend the 96th anniversary commemorations of Armistice Day in Europe.

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7 November, 2014

Project Energize delivers results for kids

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman today saw physical activity and nutrition programme Project Energize in action at Manaia View School in Northland.

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7 November, 2014

Passing Te Reo Māori bill is a key priority

The Minister for Māori Development is committed to progressing the Māori Language (Te Reo Maori) Bill and the establishment of a new entity Te Mātāwai to lead the revitalisation of te reo Māori.

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7 November, 2014

Crime rate continues to fall against BPS targets

The Justice Sector has continued to make progress against its Better Public Service targets with further decreases to the total crime rate and youth crime in the latest quarter, Justice Minister Amy Adams said today.

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7 November, 2014

National Oral Health Day sees progress in children’s oral health

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, in marking National Oral Health Day today, says additional investment in child dental services has seen a major improvement in our children’s oral health, but there is more to do.

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7 November, 2014

Recognising excellence in foster care

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today presented awards honouring ten foster care families at Government House in Wellington.

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7 November, 2014

Two new projects to attract tourists to NZ

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key today announced the Government is co-investing in two new projects as part of the Tourism Growth Partnership.

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