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Applications open for Great Rides funding

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has announced further funding is now available to maintain and improve the premier rides on the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

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PM acknowledges passing of Sir John Todd

Prime Minister John Key has today acknowledged the passing of respected businessman and philanthropist Sir John Todd.

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Report reveals Manawatū-Whanganui opportunities

The Manawatū-Whanganui region has strong growth potential and could become a much more prosperous region if new investment can be attracted into a number of significant opportunities, a new report on the region has found.

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Joyce to visit the Philippines and Viet Nam

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce departs for the Philippines and Viet Nam on Sunday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of New Zealand’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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$200 million repaid through overseas student loan borrowers scheme

Overseas-based Kiwis with student loans have collectively repaid more than $200 million in additional repayments towards their outstanding balances through the overseas-based borrowers initiative, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Revenue Minister Todd McClay announced today.

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NZVIF board appointment announced

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of David Flacks to the board of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Ltd (NZVIF).

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More than 1.2m flu vaccine doses distributed

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has reached its target of immunising 1.2 million New Zealanders with the influenza vaccine this year.

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New premises for Auckland addiction service

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today opened the new premises for Auckland’s Odyssey House alcohol and drug treatment service.

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New Metroport Christchurch brings healthy competition

The opening of the new Metroport Christchurch will drive competition and innovation between ports in Canterbury, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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Aranui education vision takes shape

Education Minister Hekia Parata today planted a mānuka tree at the Aranui Community School site to mark the official start of construction.

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NZ deeply concerned at Israeli settlements announcement

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is deeply concerned at the announcement by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the immediate construction of 300 housing units in the settlement of Beit El and the additional approval of around 500 new housing units in East Jerusalem.

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Site purchased for Pt Chevalier Kindergarten and Community Education Hub

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the site of a new Community Education Hub in Pt Chevalier, Auckland, which will incorporate the relocated Pt Chevalier Kindergarten.

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Carrying Tasers a welcome move

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes today’s announcement by Police Commissioner Mike Bush that all frontline first response staff will soon routinely carry Tasers.

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Appointments to the New Zealand Film Commission

Dame Patsy Reddy has been reappointed as Chair of the New Zealand Film Commission, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry announced today.

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Students encouraged to remember Passchendaele

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says a multi-media competition for year 13 students will help ensure the bravery and sacrifice of New Zealand troops during the Battle of Passchendaele is not forgotten.

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Winston Churchill Fellows honoured

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is congratulating the fifteen New Zealanders who were honoured today at an awards ceremony for Fellows of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

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Mobile surgical services contract extended

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the renewal of the mobile surgical services contract will help ensure rural patients continue to receive the care they need.

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$846,000 for more nurse practitioner trainees

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government is committing $846,000 to support an additional 20 nurse practitioner trainees in 2016.

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Appointment of Auckland Coroner

Auckland barrister Debra Bell has been appointed a coroner, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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Road to bring Bay of Plenty closer together

The Bay of Plenty’s biggest roading project ever, the $455 million Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL), has been officially opened by Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges today.

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Trades Academies “overwhelmingly positive”

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed a report showing that Trades Academies are delivering “overwhelmingly positive outcomes” for students.

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Building industry occupational board appointments announced

Appointments to the Building Practitioners, Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers and Registered Architects Boards and the Chartered Professional Engineers Council were announced today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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Building activity moving from Christchurch to Auckland

The latest building consent data from Statistics New Zealand for the month of June and the latest quarter shows ongoing growth in residential building and a shift in new activity from Canterbury to Auckland, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said today.

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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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Over 500,000 Kiwis ready to ShakeOut

More than 500,000 New Zealanders have signed up to take part in New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill at 9.15am on 15 October, says Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye.

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Factsheet highlights value of small business

Small Business Minister Craig Foss today released Small Businesses in New Zealand — an online factsheet highlighting the significant contribution small and medium-sized firms make to New Zealand’s economy.

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Customs changes bringing yachts to our shores

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says mid-winter marks the end of another successful yacht season, with many of the remaining international yachts departing at the end of last month.

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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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Opportunities for Māori in Manawatū-Whanganui

The Manawatū-Whanganui region has significant potential for growth, and this includes making greater use of Māori land, a new report on the region has found.

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Groser disappointed TPP deal not reached

Trade Minister Tim Groser is disappointed that the TPP negotiations were unable to reach a conclusion today, but TPP ministers collectively pledged to meet again as soon as possible to finalise the deal.

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