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Next steps in social housing

New Zealand is in good shape and getting better. We are making great strides towards building a stronger, more prosperous country – a country where we can have a great lifestyle and earn a good income that compares well with the rest of the world.

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Ministers confirm commitment to social housing

The Government’s commitment to helping New Zealanders in need by providing more social housing is at the heart of its social housing reform programme, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.

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PM acknowledges Northland MP’s resignation

Prime Minister John Key today acknowledged the resignation of Northland MP Mike Sabin for personal reasons.

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$5m to expand Food Innovation Network

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced that Callaghan Innovation will invest almost $5 million over five years in a project that will expand New Zealand’s Food Innovation Network.

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New Zealand resumes defence ties with Fiji

New Zealand Defence Force co-operation with Fiji’s military forces will formally resume this weekend, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today.

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EQC Anniversary a milestone for New Zealand

The 70th anniversary since the Earthquake and War Damage Commission was set up in January 1945, is a proud milestone for all New Zealanders, Minister responsible for the EQC, Gerry Brownlee says.

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Christchurch well placed for Cricket World Cup

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has today inspected Hagley Oval and met with tournament organisers ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

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More students with special needs to get support

Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today that 1,500 students with special education needs will be the first to benefit from additional teacher’s aide hours from Term One this year.

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New social housing development welcomed

The opening of 19 new homes in Auckland today has been welcomed by Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett as an example of New Zealand’s growing social housing sector, which is seeing more people in need receiving housing support.

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More children receiving B4 School Checks

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more children than ever are benefiting from the free before school health checks.

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$2.77m to support newly qualified midwifes

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more support is being provided for newly qualified midwives.

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Appointment of Judge of the High Court

Christchurch Barrister and Solicitor Gerald Hope Nation has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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Safer journeys a step closer in Taranaki

Work is set to ramp up on the long-awaited Normanby Overbridge Realignment project, which will vastly improve the safety of State Highway 3 between Hawera and Eltham in Taranaki.

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Two new PGP programmes approved

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed approval for two exciting new programmes to join the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Primary Growth Partnership (PGP).

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Upwards NCEA trend continues

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the release of provisional results showing NCEA Level 2 achievement rates are continuing to rise.

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Pike families’ proposals for Great Walk and Park extension welcomed

Proposals by the Pike River Families Group Committee for the Pike River mine site and the surrounding area to be added to the Paparoa National Park and for the establishment of a new Great Walk between the mine site and Punakaiki have been welcomed by the Government, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said today.

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Customs’ busiest Christmas for 175 years

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says passenger numbers at New Zealand airports increased by five percent in December, compared to the same period in 2013, making the 2014 Christmas period the busiest since the Customs Service was formed 175 years ago.

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UK Foreign Secretary to visit NZ

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the upcoming visit to New Zealand by Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Rt Hon Philip Hammond.

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First set of Urban Cycleways projects announced

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced the first $37 million worth of cycleway projects to be rolled out across the country as part of the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme.

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