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16 April, 2015

NZ welcomes UNSC resolution on Yemen

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s resolution on Yemen and called for the resumption of political dialogue between all parties involved in the conflict.

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16 April, 2015

Government continues to back central city

The Government is continuing to back the recovery of central Christchurch, with about 350 public servants to relocate into a major new development, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and State Services Minister Paula Bennett have announced.

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16 April, 2015

Offshore online racing and sports betting under spotlight

A working group has been appointed to shed some light on the growth of New Zealanders engaging in offshore online racing and sports betting, Racing Minister Nathan Guy announced today.

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16 April, 2015

Prime Minister to lead trade mission to Gulf States

Prime Minister John Key will lead an 18-member New Zealand business delegation to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait from 26 April to 1 May.

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16 April, 2015

New TEI Council members appointed

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced eight council appointments to five tertiary education institutions, which include three new council members.

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16 April, 2015

$112M Gateway to Christchurch underway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges joined the Prime Minister today in turning the first sod for Christchurch’s $112 million gateway roading project that will provide better, safer links throughout greater Christchurch.

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16 April, 2015

Plan ahead to get the end-of-life care you want

Today is Conversations that Count Day, and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is urging New Zealanders both young and old to talk about the kind of care they would want if they were seriously ill or at the end of their life.

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16 April, 2015

Tax compliance costs for SMEs continue to fall

Small Business Minister Craig Foss today welcomed a report showing tax compliance costs for small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) continue to fall.

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16 April, 2015

More pregnant women receive support earlier

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new report shows more women are receiving maternity care from the early stages of their pregnancy.

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16 April, 2015

NZBN extends to all businesses

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith have welcomed the introduction of legislation that will extend the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) to all business entities.

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16 April, 2015

PM welcomes direct flights to Houston

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has welcomed Air New Zealand’s announcement that it will begin operating direct flights between Houston and New Zealand.

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15 April, 2015

Minister hits road to promote HomeStart

A roadshow begins in West Auckland tonight on the Government’s KiwiSaver HomeStart package to help young New Zealanders put together a deposit and get a mortgage for their first home.

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15 April, 2015

Minister in Washington for Major Economies Climate Change meeting

Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser departs for Washington tonight to participate in the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) at the invitation of US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern.

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15 April, 2015

Reduced car levy details now available online

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the publication of details about risk rating, which will see car owners pay much lower and fairer levies from 1 July.

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15 April, 2015

Employment, choice focus of disability meeting

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says her meeting with Australian counterpart Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield in Melbourne was an opportunity to discuss issues of common interest, including enabling disabled people to get into work and providing choice over disability support.

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15 April, 2015

$1.9m to grow Māori science & innovation

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell today announced the third annual investment in the Vision Mātauranga Science Fund, which was established to grow skills and capacity in science and innovation and support outcomes that benefit Māori and New Zealand.

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15 April, 2015

14 companies to grow R&D with Growth Grants

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the latest companies that meet eligibility criteria for research and development (R&D) Growth Grants administered by Callaghan Innovation.

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15 April, 2015

North Shore mental health inpatient unit opens

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today officially opened the new $24.9 million mental health inpatient unit, He Puna Wâiora, in Auckland.

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15 April, 2015

Minister meets four-legged border protectors

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner acknowledged the valuable assistance the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) Detector Dog Breeding and Training Centre has provided New Zealand Customs, on a visit to the Centre in Melbourne.

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15 April, 2015

Social housing demand information released for the first time

Information about what social housing is needed and where has today been made available to housing providers for the first time says Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.

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14 April, 2015

Budget 2015: $80m boost for R&D funding

Innovative Kiwi businesses investing in research and development (R&D) will benefit from a boost in funding for Callaghan Innovation as part of Budget 2015, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

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14 April, 2015

Budget to invest $244 million in schools

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say next month’s Budget will provide $244 million of funding for new schools, additional classrooms and expansions to existing schools.

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14 April, 2015

Meeting cements trans-Tasman relationship

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says a meeting with Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Hon Peter Dutton, in Canberra has further strengthened the valuable relationship between New Zealand Customs and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS).

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13 April, 2015

Officer exchange strengthens relationship

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says the relationship between NZ Customs and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will be further strengthened by the exchange of officers based in New Zealand and Australia’s targeting centres.

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13 April, 2015

Anzac Week marks 100th anniversary of Gallipoli

A spectacular week of events to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings during the First World War begins this Saturday, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says.

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13 April, 2015

Pacific Island peoples’ health focus of meeting

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will travel to Fiji tomorrow to attend the 11th Pacific Health Ministers Meeting.

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13 April, 2015

PM Abbott to make second official visit to NZ

Prime Minister John Key today announced Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s second official visit to New Zealand.

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13 April, 2015

Prince Harry to visit centres across New Zealand

Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key released today further details on Prince Harry’s visit to New Zealand in May.

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13 April, 2015

English to visit Australia this week

Finance Minister Bill English will visit Australia this week, where he will take the opportunity to hear first-hand from business and industry leaders their thoughts about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Australian economy.

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13 April, 2015

Smart solutions for small businesses

Statistics Minister Craig Foss says a new online resource can help small businesses succeed by identifying their customers, markets and competition.

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