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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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Help for families at heart of responsible Budget

A package of measures aimed at reducing hardship among children in New Zealand’s lowest-income households is at the heart of new spending announced in the Budget today, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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Budget 2015: At a Glance

Budget 2015 delivers careful management of public spending, hand in hand with investment in public services.

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Budget 2015 supports at-risk children

Budget 2015 supports the Government’s plan to provide better care for vulnerable children and families across New Zealand, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.

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Budget 2015: Funding boost for Irrigation Acceleration Fund

Irrigation projects will receive a kick-start of $25 million in operating funding for five years from 2016/17 through the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF), Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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Revised NZICC design gets green light

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Government and SkyCity have agreed a revised preliminary design for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).

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Health target results – ED wait times achieved

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show the shorter stays in emergency departments target has been met for the first time.

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New indicators for educational success

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the development of new measures of educational success to be used for both internal and external evaluation of schools.

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Timor-Leste Foreign Minister in NZ

Foreign Minister McCully has welcomed tomorrow’s visit to New Zealand by Timor-Leste’s Foreign Minister, Hernani Coelho.

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Minister welcomes new venison PGP programme

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the formal start of a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme involving the deer industry.

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2015 Youth Awards winners announced

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the recipients of the 2015 Youth Awards.

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Feedback sought on financial advice laws

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith released an Issues Paper for public consultation today, as part of a review aimed at improving financial advice legislation.

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Bus Interchange opening signals new era

Today’s opening of the first Government-led anchor project building ushers in a new era for Christchurch and how people move around the city, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

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Better online support for youth mental health

The revamped Lowdown website launched today will provide young people with more accessible and responsive online mental health support, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

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NZ welcomes Singaporean Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomes Singaporean Foreign Minister Mr K Shanmugam to New Zealand.

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Budget 2015: Driving primary sector export growth

The Government will invest $7.5 million over two years in developing key skills and systems to help boost exports across the primary sector, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

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Summit strengthens transport, trade and tourism links

New Zealand’s global connections will be strengthened by its Presidency of the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Germany this week Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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Border Processing Bill passes third reading

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed law changes to help protect New Zealand at the border.

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Samoan Language Week vital to preserve culture

New Zealanders will celebrate the Samoan language this week with cultural performances, speeches and debates all over the country.

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10-year passports enable reduction in annual cost

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the Government has listened to New Zealanders and adult passports will again be valid for 10 years, once required law changes are made.

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Return of ancestral remains welcomed

Māori Development Minister, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, today attended a pōwhiri at Te Papa to receive ancestral remains returned from an Austrian museum including the remains of a high ranking child taken from its burial cave more than 100 years ago.

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Number of women leaders continues to grow

New Zealand women are continuing to strive for leadership success but there’s still more to be done, Minister for Women Louise Upston says.

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