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On track to surplus, more jobs, higher incomes

New Zealand is on track to Budget surplus this year, backed by good growth, more jobs and higher incomes under the Government’s economic programme, according to Treasury’s Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update issued today.

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Labour has big questions to answer on transport

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Labour must be very clear which much-needed transport projects it would cut to enable the Auckland-centric public transport spend up it’s promising.

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Joint NZ-US science meeting strengthens ties

New Zealand’s science and research collaboration with the United States has been further strengthened following joint talks in Auckland yesterday and today by senior New Zealand and US officials and researchers, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says.

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NZ in spotlight during World Science Week

The arrival of around 2000 top international scientists and researchers in Auckland later this month will make New Zealand the focus of the world science community, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says.

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$11m in funding for sign language

The Government is investing $11 million over 4 years to help support deaf children, their families and their schools, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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$10m to increase Asian languages in schools

The Government will invest $10 million over five years to increase the provision of Asian languages in schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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New protocol improves ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA efficiency

Trade Minister Tim Groser has welcomed the signing of a Protocol to amend the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA).

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11,850 HomeStart grants to support Canterbury

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Housing Minister Paula Bennett today released the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s estimates of the number of first home buyers in Canterbury who are to benefit from the Government’s new KiwiSaver HomeStart package.

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Major boost for Otago conservation projects

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced $475,000 in funding for four Otago conservation projects.

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Health services focused on prevention

The latest National Health Target results show more New Zealanders are getting help to quit smoking and getting checked to see if they are at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease.

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Further steps forward for $359m education initiative

Education Minister Hekia Parata says good progress continues to be made on the Government’s $359 million initiative to lift student achievement.

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Conservation grant supports bird recovery

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced Wildbase Recovery Community Trust is to receive a $90,000 grant from the Department of Conservation to put towards a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility for birds and wildlife.

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Regional New Zealand benefits from HomeStart

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today released the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment’s estimates of the number of first home buyers in provincial New Zealand who are to benefit from the Government’s new KiwiSaver HomeStart package in Palmerston North with local mayor Jono Naylor.

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$208,000 for conservation of wetlands

The Government is to provide a $208,000 Community Conservation Partnership Fund grant over three years to Project Tongariro to advance the restoration and preservation of the largest wetland in the Taupō basin, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today at a community event in Turangi.

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Financial literacy website launches

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the launch of The Exchange website – a platform to support and deliver financial literacy programmes.

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Hospital patients urged to give feedback

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is urging hospital patients to take part in a new survey asking them for feedback on their health care.

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RealMe wins international internet award

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne is delighted the digital identity service RealMe last night won an international internet award saying it shows how highly the government service is rated.

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NZ urges all parties to make Gaza ceasefire work

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand welcomes news that an indefinite ceasefire has been agreed by Israel and the Palestinians.

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