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PM to attend Cook Islands 50th celebrations

Prime Minister John Key will lead a delegation to Rarotonga next week to celebrate the Cook Islands’ 50th anniversary of self-government in free association with New Zealand.

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NZ expresses deep disappointment at veto of resolution on MH17

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the failure of the Security Council to adopt a resolution seeking to establish an international tribunal to provide accountability for the downing of flight MH17 is deeply disappointing.

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NZ welcomes progress towards peace in Cyprus

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the Security Council’s renewal today of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus comes at an important time for the island.

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Government drive to lift regulatory quality

Greater use of exposure drafts of new laws, stronger expectations and reviews of crown regulators, and more transparent cost recovery practices, are among changes announced to improve New Zealand’s regulatory system by Regulatory Reform Minister Steven Joyce.

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Focus on individual housing need drives results

Improving the focus on supporting vulnerable New Zealanders’ individual needs has led to more people getting access to social housing, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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Clinicians asked to showcase IT ideas

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is encouraging clinicians to submit their innovative ideas to improve health services.

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Launch of new family violence work programme

Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley have today launched a new work programme to ensure government agencies respond better to family and sexual violence.

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Report forecasts ‘unprecedented’ construction activity

The total value of building and construction activity in New Zealand is forecast to top $200 billion over the next six years and peak at an all-time high of approximately $37 billion in 2016 according to the latest National Construction Pipeline Report released today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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Multi-million dollar classrooms opened at Ngaio School, Wellington

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye visited Ngaio School in Wellington this morning to formally open a block of eight new teaching spaces.

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Statement on Tony Robertson

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced that an independent review will be carried out of Corrections’ monitoring of Tony Robertson following his release from prison in 2013.

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Electricity market more competitive than ever

Increased competition in the electricity market is continuing to benefit consumers, Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says.

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Meeting with US Secretary of State

Foreign Minister Murray McCully met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington today to discuss issues related to New Zealand’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council and the US/NZ relationship.

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New initiative to improve overseas driver safety

A new online training module will help ensure visiting drivers stay safe on New Zealand roads, Ministers Paula Bennett and Craig Foss say.

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Reappointments to Education Payroll Limited Board

Minister Responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce has today announced two reappointments to the board of Education Payroll Limited.

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Improved access to up-to-date cancer info

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new national cancer information strategy will benefit patients, clinicians and researchers.

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Inspection of Waikato DHB’s mental health service

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there will be an inspection of Waikato DHB’s mental health services.

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Agency sought to help reduce cyberbullying

The search is underway for an Approved Agency where victims of cyberbullying can turn to for help, Justice Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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Minister celebrates 40th Māori Language Week

Education Minister Hekia Parata encourages all New Zealanders to celebrate and engage in Māori Language Week (Te Wiki o te reo Māori).

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Apprentices served well by Code of Practice

Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston says apprentices and their employers will have clearer expectations thanks to a new Code of Good Practice.

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New Deputy Chief Censor appointed

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced the appointment of Jared Mullen as the Deputy Chief Censor of Film and Literature for a three-year term.

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