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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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NZ-UK joint statement on defence cooperation

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and his counterpart the Rt Hon Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, have signed a joint statement on defence cooperation between the United Kingdom and New Zealand at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore. The statement reflects findings from a review of the defence relationship.

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$1 million to connect Kiwis with science

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the successful applicants for the $1 million Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable fund.

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More time to submit on loopy rules

New Zealanders frustrated with loopy rules and regulations will have more time to submit to the Rules Reduction Taskforce, Local Government Minister Paula Bennett says.

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FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off Saturday

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says North Harbour Stadium is well placed for the start of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

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Minister puts trust law reform on agenda

Some of New Zealand’s top experts on trusts are contributing their knowledge and experience to assist the Government’s reform of trust law, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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Closer ties with Greece through new agreement

An agreement signed by Transport Minister Simon Bridges at an international conference paves the way for easier and more affordable travel between New Zealand and Greece.

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Increase in achievement levels hailed

A further increase in the proportion of students achieving NCEA has been hailed by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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First Crown land parcels for development identified

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today listed four sites comprising 30 hectares of land that are being considered for development under the new initiative to facilitate housing on Crown-owned land in Auckland.

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Minister McCully to the Middle East and Cyprus

Foreign Minister Murray McCully departs on an official visit to the Middle East and Cyprus this weekend.

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Visit by Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed a visit to New Zealand by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic , Miroslav Lajčák.

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Ahuwhenua Trophy winner congratulated

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have tonight congratulated Mangaroa Station, this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy winner.

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$79k to fund opportunities for young people

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that four recipients will receive a total of $79,000 funding under the Opportunities for Young People fund.

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Minister to attend annual OECD meeting

Trade Minister Tim Groser will represent New Zealand at the OECD’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) and Forum in Paris from 2 – 4 June.

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Minister marks World Smokefree Day

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is urging smokers to make this Sunday the day they quit for good.

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Minister to attend defence talks in Singapore

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee leaves today for Singapore to join his counterparts at the 14th annual Shangri-La Dialogue.

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Attorney-General to New York for UNSC meeting

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson travels to New York today to attend the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Open Briefing on foreign terrorist fighters.

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Trailblazing education body a step closer

“Today’s gazetting of the official start date for the Education Council (EDUCANZ) is another step along the path towards the creation of a trailblazing professional leadership body,” Education Minister Hekia Parata says.

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New safety regulations for children’s workforce

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that new mandatory safety checking requirements for people who work with children will provide greater protection for our youngest New Zealanders.

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New Zealand to open Embassy in Iraq

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced New Zealand will be opening an Embassy in Baghdad, which will be headed by career diplomat James Munro.

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Reduced ACC car levy rates just a click away

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say car owners can now visit the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) RightCar website to see the reduced ACC levy they’ll pay from 1 July, when ACC introduces risk rating.

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Parental leave payments to increase from 1 July

Paid parental leave payments will increase from 1 July 2015, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced today.

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Minister to host forum for ethnic communities

Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will hold an evening community forum for residents of central Auckland tomorrow.

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Take care on roads this long weekend

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is reminding all road users to take extra care travelling over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

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Funding for more Christchurch youth events

Christchurch youth councils will be creating fun and exciting events this winter as a result of a funding boost from the 2014 Winter Chill programme, Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner says.

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Final steps to improve accounting and audit laws

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith says new law changes will enable the accounting and audit industry to be more efficient and effective.

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Easier, faster way to upgrade RealMe accounts

Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne says thousands of New Zealand online passport renewal applicants now have an easy, fast way to get a RealMe verified identity and access a range of online services.

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