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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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$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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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