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Next steps in social housing reform announced

Tauranga and Invercargill have been selected as the first regions for the proposed transfer of Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) houses to registered Community Housing Providers (CHPs), Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.

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Budget 2015: $98m for more elective surgery

An extra $98 million will be invested in Budget 2015 to provide more New Zealanders with timely elective surgery, and to improve the prevention and treatment of orthopaedic conditions, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

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Budget 2015: $32m for workplace compliance

Investing $32 million of new operating expenditure in employment relations services over the next four years will help strengthen compliance with minimum employment standards, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

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Strong Job Growth Continues

The latest Household Labour Force Survey shows ongoing job growth in the New Zealand economy, while a record labour market participation rate kept the unemployment level steady at 5.8% in the March quarter.

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NZTE International Growth Fund changes following evaluation

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser today announced changes designed to strengthen government investment in developing New Zealand’s export sector via the International Growth Fund.

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Full speed ahead for broadband deployment

Communications Minister Amy Adams today announced a 23 per cent increase in the number of end users connecting to Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) over the first three months of 2015.

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Minister congratulates top scholars

Education Minister Hekia Parata has congratulated Joshua Hansen on being awarded this year’s Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence.

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Former principal appointed to key role

Highly-regarded educationalist and experienced school leader Prue Kelly, the former principal of Wellington High School, has been appointed to a key role overseeing appointments for new teacher and principal positions in Communities of Schools.

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Better pension portability for the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley welcomed the progress of a bill to extend access to New Zealand Superannuation and the Veteran’s Pension to those living in the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau after it passed its second reading.

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Targeted discounts for SuperGold Card holders

Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry says the latest SuperGold business recruitment campaign has achieved its aim of signing up more health professionals and lawyers.

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Defence White Paper public consultation begins

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee welcomes the beginning of the public consultation process for the 2015 Defence White Paper, calling for New Zealanders to seize this opportunity to influence defence policy.

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Property report shows rugby field-sized results

Coordination between agencies has seen the Crown continue to reduce its property footprint and pay less for office space, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says.

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New leadership roles support better cancer care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says two new sector-based cancer leadership roles will ensure patients receive even better support and care.

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NZ human rights report submitted to UN

Justice Minister Amy Adams has submitted the Government’s latest report to the United Nations on civil and political rights in New Zealand.

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More powers for Human Rights Commission

A bill to give the Human Rights Commission greater flexibility in dealing with emerging human rights issues passed its second reading in Parliament today.

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Govt to improve pecuniary penalties regime

Changes to the provisions governing the use of pecuniary penalties will improve the effectiveness of the legal system, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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Work to improve West Coast link underway

Work is being done to improve a section of road vital for linking the South Island’s West Coast with Christchurch, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

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Animal Welfare Amendment Bill passes final reading

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the unanimous support for the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill during its third and final reading in Parliament today.

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Trade Minister travels to Mexico for World Economic Forum

Trade Minister Tim Groser will today depart for Mexico to attend the 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF) Latin American meeting from 6-8 May.

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Minister welcomes reports on Whānau Ora

Minister for Whānau Ora Hon Te Ururoa Flavell welcomes the Office of Auditor General’s report on Phase One (2010-2014) of Whānau Ora tabled in Parliament today.

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