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Delivering benefits to families - July 1 changes

A number of government policies that come into effect tomorrow will deliver real benefits to families, Prime Minister John Key says.

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Economic benefits from Cricket World Cup

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcome a PwC report which confirms the positive economic impact of co-hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

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Joyce to speak at Australia Major Projects Symposium

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is in Sydney today to speak at the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Major Projects Symposium to promote New Zealand as an investment destination.

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Appointments to Tertiary Education Commission board

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced three appointments to the Tertiary Education Commission board.

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New Chairs for three Crown Research Institutes

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced a number of appointments and reappointments to the boards of the seven Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), which carry out scientific research for the benefit of New Zealand.

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Appointments to REANNZ and Science Board

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced a number of board appointments and reappointments.

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It’s not too late to be immunised against the flu

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there is still time for people to get vaccinated before the worst of the flu season arrives.

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Establishment of Legislation Design and Advisory Committee

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today announced the establishment of the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee to improve the quality and effectiveness of legislation.

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New Special Housing Areas for Tauranga

Two Special Housing Areas (SHAs) with the potential for 210 new homes in Tauranga were approved today by Cabinet, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith has announced.

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Fewer students being suspended

A drop in the number of school students being suspended, stood-down, excluded and expelled has been welcomed by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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US/NZ Partnership Forum opens

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the start of the US/NZ Partnership Forum which is taking place in Auckland this week.

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Consultation begins on property bright-line test

Revenue Minister Todd McClay today welcomed the release of detailed design proposals for the new “bright-line” test, which will require income tax to be paid on gains from the sale of residential property bought and sold within two years.

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Tax response to flooding announced

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says taxpayers affected by the flooding event in the lower North Island earlier this month will have help from Inland Revenue.

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Paula Rose appointed to BSA

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has announced the appointment of Paula Rose QSO, as a board member of the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA).

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Appointments to Conservation Boards made

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced 41 appointments to the 14 Conservation Boards across New Zealand.

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NZ signs up to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

New Zealand has formally become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at a signing ceremony in Beijing today, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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Community Corrections site opens in Taupō

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

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New Local Government Commissioners

New appointments to the Local Government Commission will continue to foster strong and effective local democracy, Local Government Minister Paula Bennett says.

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NZ announces Cyclone Pam tourism recovery package

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced a $26 million package, aimed at helping the tourism sector in Vanuatu recover following Cyclone Pam.

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Foss to attend small business conference

Small Business Minister Craig Foss will travel to Melbourne tomorrow to attend the 28th Annual Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) conference.

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Paving the way for a simpler tax system

A tax bill to be introduced today will help prepare the ground for simplification of the tax administration system, says Revenue Minister Todd McClay.

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New building consents continue to surge

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the release of the latest building consent figures from Statistics New Zealand, which show the annual number of consents at an eight-year high.

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Corrections land returned to Tuwharetoa

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today helped celebrate the return of 8500ha of Crown land to Ngati Tuwharetoa.

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Minister welcomes record transport investment

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the release of the largest National Land Transport Programme in New Zealand’s history.

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Government delivering on transport commitments

Today’s release of the National Land Transport Programme for 2015-18 is a strong statement of Government commitment to regional New Zealand, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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Clearer labour market process for employers

A new streamlined labour market test process in Queenstown will benefit employers trying to fill low-skilled vacancies, say Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse.

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Trade Minister to attend Pacific Alliance Summit in Peru

Trade Minister Tim Groser departs today for Peru to attend the Pacific Alliance Summit in Paracas, Peru from 1-3 July.

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