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30 March, 2015

More parents resolving disputes outside court

Almost 70 per cent of family disputes referred to mediation involving children are being settled out of court a year on from the Government’s family justice reforms says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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26 March, 2015

Royal succession laws come into force

Legislation modernising rules applying to Royal succession to the throne came into force today in New Zealand and in the 16 Realms that share the Queen as Head of State.

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25 March, 2015

Substantial drop in age of court cases

New Zealanders are seeing huge improvements in the time it takes to access justice services with a big reduction in the average age of District Court criminal cases, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams announced.

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25 March, 2015

Cyberbullies one step closer to being held to account

A Bill to curb the growing incidence of cyberbullying and its devastating effects passed its second reading in Parliament last night.

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24 March, 2015

Lowest number of youth in court in 20 years

The number of young people (aged 10 to 16 years old) appearing in court has more than halved since 2007, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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20 March, 2015

New inquirer appointed for Bain case

A senior retired Australian judge has been appointed to head up the inquiry into David Bain’s compensation claim, Justice Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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20 March, 2015

Ultra-Fast Broadband a boost to Blenheim

Communications Minister Amy Adams today announced the completion of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) service in Blenheim.

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17 March, 2015

NZ On Air celebrates 25 years

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has congratulated NZ On Air on its success in providing Kiwi content to New Zealanders for the past 25 years.

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17 March, 2015

Joan Withers appointed new chair of TVNZ

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced the appointment of Joan Withers as the Chair of Television New Zealand (TVNZ).

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14 March, 2015

Innovative new youth court for Tauranga

A new youth court for Tauranga will place a stronger focus on addressing offending by young Māori says Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams.


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13 March, 2015

Second South Island town now fully fibred

Ashburton now has access to faster, more reliable broadband thanks to the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network, says Communications Minister Amy Adams.

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12 March, 2015

Far North one step closer to better connectivity

The Far North District Council is the first to put its hand up and be part of the Government’s next stage of the broadband rollout, Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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12 March, 2015

Govt launches next stage of broadband rollout

Ultra-fast fibre broadband will be extended to 80 per cent of New Zealanders and rural connectivity will be expanded, Communications Minister Amy Adams confirmed in Kerikeri today.

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9 March, 2015

NZ tops OECD for fibre growth connections

Fibre growth connections in New Zealand have tripled in the last year, putting us first of all 34 countries in the OECD, says Communications Minister Amy Adams.

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5 March, 2015

$3.6 million to extend Home Safety Service nationwide

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today launched the expansion of the National Home Safety Service to better protect up to 1000 victims of family violence each year.

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3 March, 2015

Changes proposed to telecommunications facilities standards

Public feedback is being sought on proposed changes to the National Environmental Standard (NES) for telecommunications facilities to help speed up improvements and reduce costs.

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1 March, 2015

More hours for hearing impaired telephone service

Hearing impaired people can now access captioned telephone services for an additional two hours a day, Communications Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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28 February, 2015

Australia and New Zealand sign MoU for criminal history checks

Communities on both sides of the Tasman will benefit following the expansion of a criminal history checking service to vet individuals for employment, training and registration purposes.

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27 February, 2015

Gisborne Court gets connected to AVL network

Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the addition of the Gisborne courthouse to the audio visual link (AVL) network that connects courts and prisons.

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25 February, 2015

Bill to curb unnecessary parole hearings passes

The Bill reducing the number of unnecessary parole hearings for offenders who still pose a threat to the community passed its third and final reading in Parliament last night.

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25 February, 2015

Bill to fight child exploitation passes second reading

A Bill to better protect children from sexual exploitation passed its second reading in Parliament last night.

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21 February, 2015

Justice Minister to attend Global Law Summit in London

Justice Minister Amy Adams leaves today to attend an international law conference in London alongside Justice Ministers and Attorney Generals from around the world.

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19 February, 2015

Bill to improve coronial system passes first reading

A Bill to make the coronial system quicker and more effective passed its first reading in Parliament today.

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19 February, 2015

Cabinet to take fresh look at Bain case

The Government has agreed to set aside all previous advice relating to David Bain’s compensation claim and conduct a fresh inquiry, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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19 February, 2015

Govt sets itself tougher crime target

A renewed focus on tackling the drivers of crime has helped the Government exceed its Better Public Service (BPS) target to reduce crime two and a half years ahead of schedule, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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18 February, 2015

Bill to modernise courts one step closer

A Bill to speed up justice and modernise New Zealand’s courts has passed its second reading in Parliament today.

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18 February, 2015

Law Commission work programme confirmed

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today confirmed the Law Commission’s 2015 work programme.

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17 February, 2015

Driver Licence Stop Orders rake in $20 million

A Government initiative which threatens loss of licence over unpaid fines has brought in an extra $20.4 million since its introduction one year ago, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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13 February, 2015

Momentum growing for UFB completions

Communications Minister Amy Adams has welcomed three central North Island towns becoming fully-fibred as momentum grows around the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) build.

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11 February, 2015

Broadband deployment continues to deliver

The rate at which people are signing up for the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network is accelerating with uptake quadrupling in the past two years, Communications Minister Amy Adams said today.

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