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PMs Key and Abbott meet in Auckland

Prime Minister John Key met with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Auckland today for their annual Leaders’ Talks.

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Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Hon Tony Abbott and Rt Hon John Key

Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP and Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key met in Auckland on 28 February 2015 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting.

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PM announces contribution to coalition against ISIL

Prime Minister John Key today announced a Government decision to deploy a military training mission to Iraq as part of New Zealand’s overall contribution to the international coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Prime Minister’s Ministerial Statement on ISIL

Mr Speaker, today I am announcing to the House the Government’s decisions about our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

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PM disappointed with Remuneration Authority decision

Prime Minister John Key has expressed his disappointment at the Remuneration Authority’s decision to increase MP remuneration.

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Govt backs data forum’s recommendations

The Government is backing the recommendations of the NZ Data Futures Forum to make better use of public data and uphold privacy standards, Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss say.

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Flag Consideration Panel members announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.

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Information-sharing on student loans welcomed

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Revenue Minister Todd McClay have welcomed the announcement of an arrangement that will see Australia and New Zealand share data to assist New Zealand to recoup unpaid student loans of defaulters in Australia.

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Gisborne Court gets connected to AVL network

Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the addition of the Gisborne courthouse to the audio visual link (AVL) network that connects courts and prisons.

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Australia and New Zealand sign MoU for criminal history checks

Communities on both sides of the Tasman will benefit following the expansion of a criminal history checking service to vet individuals for employment, training and registration purposes.

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New toolkit to help DHBs in suicide prevention

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource released today is designed to help DHBs, in partnership with their communities, prevent and respond to suicide.

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More medicines for rare disorders to be funded

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says people with rare disorders will benefit from Pharmac’s new funding approach for rare disorders medicines.

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Coleman meets Australian counterpart

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today met with his Australian counterpart Sussan Ley, Minister of Health and Minister for Sport.

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Celebrating children and foster carers

Sunday 1 March 2015 marks both Children’s Day and the beginning of Fostercare Awareness Week 2015. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley encourages parents of all kinds to spend time with their kids this Sunday.

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Voluntary compliance a win-win at the border

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says promoting voluntary compliance at the border is helping Customs track ahead of Treasury’s forecast revenue and saving traders money.

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2015 CER Ministerial meeting: Communique

New Zealand and Australian Ministers met in Auckland on 27 February 2015 for the annual Closer Economic Relations (CER) Ministerial Meeting. New Zealand’s delegation was led by Minister of Trade and Minister for Climate Change Issues, Hon Tim Groser.

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Northland water storage study shows potential

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the commissioning of a new report to examine the potential of water storage and infrastructure in Northland.

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Encouraging start to the year for building consents

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith has welcomed today’s release of building consent figures for January 2015 from Statistics New Zealand, which show the number of consents issued for the first month of the year at a seven-year high.

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Trade Minister in China for FTA discussion

Trade Minister Tim Groser departs for China tonight to undertake a range of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) related meetings including discussions with his trade counterpart, Minister Gao Hucheng.

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Five schools get special recruitment allowance

Education Minister Hekia Parata says schools in Northland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay and Canterbury are the first to gain approval to use a new allowance to recruit principals who can help them tackle significant challenges.

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More hours for hearing impaired telephone service

Hearing impaired people can now access captioned telephone services for an additional two hours a day, Communications Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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More choice for hearing impaired welcomed

Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner says the extension of the CapTel relay service increases choice for hearing impaired or deaf people to make phone calls and live an ordinary life.

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