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The Christchurch Rebuild – Gaining Momentum: Speech to Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce

One of the National-led Government’s four main priorities this term is to support the rebuilding of this, our second-biggest city, and to stand beside the people of Canterbury.

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New Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security appointed

Prime Minister John Key today announced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

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Growth seen further lifting average wage by $7,500

The average annual wage is expected to increase by $7,500 to around $62,200 a year by 2018 if New Zealand achieves its economic growth forecasts over the next four years, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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Pre-Budget Speech to the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce

Good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be with you again today. I would like to thank John and Raewyn and their team at the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to speak to you again this year. I also want to acknowledge the Chamber’s work in promoting the Wellington business community and in grappling with issues affecting businesses in the capital city.

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NZCID report a useful guide for recovery work

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says feedback provided to the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) by stakeholders in Christchurch’s rebuild will help inform the government’s ongoing work programme.

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School pay continues improvement

The latest Novopay complaints reports confirm the system is settling back into a more consistent and steady state after the busy start-of-year period.

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New East Coast study lays out economic opportunities

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today released a study of the East Coast region’s economic potential over the next 30 years.

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NZ and EU support renewable energy in Tuvalu

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will continue to support Tuvalu’s conversion to renewable energy alongside the European Union.

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NZDF provides assistance in Southern Westland

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the NZDF is providing assistance to the community of Whataroa in Southern Westland in the wake of the recent significant storm damage.

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Commemorating Anzac Day

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says Anzac Day will be especially poignant this year with the start of WWI centenary commemorations.

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Update on new Chinese infant formula rules

Chinese officials have provided further advice on the introduction of new regulations affecting New Zealand infant formula exports to China, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye.

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Minister travels to UAE, Kuwait, North Africa and France

Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, North Africa and France to undertake a range of activities and bilateral calls.

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Gallipoli ballot special passes allocated

One hundred special passes from the Gallipoli ballot will be allocated to children of Gallipoli veterans and youth representatives, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced.

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New visa to build Turkey-New Zealand ties

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced a new three year multiple-entry visa to make it easier for Turkish business people and diplomats to visit New Zealand.

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Ngāti Porou Accord strengthens Crown relationship

The Crown has signed an Accord with Ngāti Porou in Gisborne, formalising the government’s ongoing commitment to the iwi, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson said today.

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New Defence trucks delivered to units

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the first batch of new Medium-Heavy Operational Vehicles have been delivered to NZDF units.

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NZ support for largest solar array in the Pacific

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand is supporting the construction of the Pacific’s largest solar energy array in Samoa.

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Changes to alcohol laws have immediate effect

Police Minister Anne Tolley says that Police reported significantly fewer serious assaults and public disorder offences after changes to alcohol laws came into full effect at the end of last year.

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Memorandum to restore Waiapu catchment signed

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Jo Goodhew today announced a collaborative partnership to restore the Waiapu catchment in the Gisborne District.

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Food Safety Assurance Advisory Council established

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye said today a Food Safety and Assurance Advisory Council is being set up to provide independent advice to the government on issues relating to food safety.

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Community to have say on red zone’s future

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed today’s announcement of a community participation process to gather ideas about future use of the region’s residential red zones.

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Performing Arts Precinct designation partially lifted

Christchurch City Council’s decision to spend $127.5 million fixing the Town Hall means not all the land currently designated for the city’s Performing Arts Precinct is required, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

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EU/NZ renewable energy Mission to the Pacific

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and the European Commissioner for Development Mr Andris Piebalgs depart tomorrow on a renewable energy mission to four Pacific states.

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Easter road toll a reminder to take care on roads

Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse is urging motorists to take care over the rest of the extended break.

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Woodhouse to attend Anzac Day in Gallipoli

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse will travel to Turkey next week to attend the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

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Same old same old economic policy from Labour

Labour’s so called ‘Manufacturing Policy’ once again reheats the same old tired economic policies that would take New Zealand back to the dark days of high inflation, sluggish growth and low-job prospects, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

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