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Supporting children in hardship focus of Budget

The National-led Government’s seventh Budget continues to support New Zealanders while responsibly managing the growing economy and the Government’s finances, Prime Minister John Key says.

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$790m package for children in poorest families

Budget 2015 includes a $790 million package to reduce hardship among children in New Zealand’s poorest families, as the next step in the Government’s commitment to address the long-term drivers of deprivation.

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Help for families at heart of responsible Budget

A package of measures aimed at reducing hardship among children in New Zealand’s lowest-income households is at the heart of new spending announced in the Budget today, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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Budget 2015: At a Glance

Budget 2015 delivers careful management of public spending, hand in hand with investment in public services.

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Budget 2015 supports at-risk children

Budget 2015 supports the Government’s plan to provide better care for vulnerable children and families across New Zealand, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.

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Front-line focus delivering results

The latest public sector staff capping report shows the Government’s commitment to providing better front-line services and keeping back-office numbers down is paying off, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says.

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Pūhoi – Warkworth highway moves closer

The construction of the Pūhoi - Warkworth Highway that will connect Northland and Auckland has moved a step closer, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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Environment Court Commissioners appointed

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today announced the appointment of Hon Kate Wilkinson of Christchurch and the reappointment of Ms Kathryn Edmonds of Wellington as Commissioners of the Environment Court, both for a five year term.

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New Community Corrections site in Upper Hutt

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today officially opened the refurbished Upper Hutt Community Corrections site.

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Budget 2015: Funding boost for Irrigation Acceleration Fund

Irrigation projects will receive a kick-start of $25 million in operating funding for five years from 2016/17 through the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF), Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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Revised NZICC design gets green light

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Government and SkyCity have agreed a revised preliminary design for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).

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Health target results – ED wait times achieved

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show the shorter stays in emergency departments target has been met for the first time.

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New indicators for educational success

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the development of new measures of educational success to be used for both internal and external evaluation of schools.

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Timor-Leste Foreign Minister in NZ

Foreign Minister McCully has welcomed tomorrow’s visit to New Zealand by Timor-Leste’s Foreign Minister, Hernani Coelho.

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Minister welcomes new venison PGP programme

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the formal start of a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme involving the deer industry.

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2015 Youth Awards winners announced

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the recipients of the 2015 Youth Awards.

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African communities unite at Parliament

Today is a chance for all New Zealanders to join African communities around the world in celebrating Africa Day, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga says.

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Feedback sought on financial advice laws

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith released an Issues Paper for public consultation today, as part of a review aimed at improving financial advice legislation.

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Number of women leaders continues to grow

New Zealand women are continuing to strive for leadership success but there’s still more to be done, Minister for Women Louise Upston says.

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Submissions called for on Fire Services review

Proposals to improve support for volunteer, paid and rural firefighters and to ensure fire services meet community expectations are open for public feedback.

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Minister Concerned at Reports of Adverse Reactions

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is concerned at the use of untested and unapproved black-market psychoactive substances in the Auckland area, following recent reports of adverse reactions.

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Consultation hui on Māori land law announced

Changes that make it easier for Māori land owners to use and develop their whenua will be the focus of discussions at 23 regional consultation hui announced today by Māori Development Minister, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell.

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Visit by Chinese Party Secretary Hu Chunhua

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed a visit to New Zealand by Mr Hu Chunhua, Politburo Member of CPC Central Committee and Party Secretary of Guangdong Province.

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Collaborative whānau approach to help women

Consultation on a report highlighting the importance of whānau and the community in preventing violence has been completed with positive results.

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