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PM announces contribution to coalition against ISIL

Prime Minister John Key today announced a Government decision to deploy a military training mission to Iraq as part of New Zealand’s overall contribution to the international coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Prime Minister’s Ministerial Statement on ISIL

Mr Speaker, today I am announcing to the House the Government’s decisions about our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

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PM disappointed with Remuneration Authority decision

Prime Minister John Key has expressed his disappointment at the Remuneration Authority’s decision to increase MP remuneration.

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Govt backs data forum’s recommendations

The Government is backing the recommendations of the NZ Data Futures Forum to make better use of public data and uphold privacy standards, Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss say.

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Flag Consideration Panel members announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.

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Thousands of new houses for Auckland’s Tāmaki

Around 7,500 new houses are expected to be built in the Auckland suburb of Tāmaki over the next decade as part of the Government’s programme of increasing and speeding up new housing developments, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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New appointments to Marsden Fund Council

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of three new members to the Marsden Fund Council.

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New toolkit to help DHBs in suicide prevention

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource released today is designed to help DHBs, in partnership with their communities, prevent and respond to suicide.

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More medicines for rare disorders to be funded

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says people with rare disorders will benefit from Pharmac’s new funding approach for rare disorders medicines.

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Celebrating children and foster carers

Sunday 1 March 2015 marks both Children’s Day and the beginning of Fostercare Awareness Week 2015. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley encourages parents of all kinds to spend time with their kids this Sunday.

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Northland water storage study shows potential

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the commissioning of a new report to examine the potential of water storage and infrastructure in Northland.

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Voluntary compliance a win-win at the border

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says promoting voluntary compliance at the border is helping Customs track ahead of Treasury’s forecast revenue and saving traders money.

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Nominations open for new education profession body

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced that nominations are now open for the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ).

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Reforms helping our most vulnerable succeed

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest valuation of the benefit system showing welfare reforms are having a tangible effect on the future costs of benefits.

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Kickstart Breakfast’s Unsung Hero

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today congratulated the winners of the Kickstart Breakfast Awards.

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New collaborative initiative to restore Waikato River

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the launch of the Waikato River Restoration Strategy, saying the new collaborative initiative will have an important role to play in ensuring the long-term health of the country’s longest river.

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Pragmatic answer to GST for bodies corporate

Bodies corporate will no longer be required to register for GST following the introduction today of the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2015–16, Research and Development, and Remedial Matters) Bill, Revenue Minister Todd McClay says.

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A step into the future for prices

Statistics Minister Craig Foss says the use of tablet computers is making data collection faster and more efficient.

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Report shows importance of whanau and community

A research report released today has highlighted the importance of whanau and the community in preventing violence against Maori women and children.

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Appointments to the Archives Council

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced three appointments to the Archives Council Te Rua Wānanga.

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Appointments to Lottery Distribution Committees

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced 13 new members to ten Lottery distribution committees with terms commencing on 2 March 2015.

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2015 CER Ministerial meeting: Communique

New Zealand and Australian Ministers met in Auckland on 27 February 2015 for the annual Closer Economic Relations (CER) Ministerial Meeting. New Zealand’s delegation was led by Minister of Trade and Minister for Climate Change Issues, Hon Tim Groser.

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