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15 July, 2014

Statute revision bill certifier appointed

Former High Court Judge the Honourable John Priestley CNZM QC has been appointed as a revision bill certifier for the first three yearly statute revision programme under the Legislation Act 2012, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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9 July, 2014

Sixth meeting of Quintet of Attorneys-General

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson is attending the sixth annual Quintet meeting of Attorneys-General, being held in London this week.

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4 July, 2014

Motunui Panels returned to New Zealand

The famed Motunui Panels - five late 18th century carved pataka panels which comprise a masterpiece of Maori art - have returned to New Zealand after more than 40 years, Treaty for Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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1 July, 2014

Appointments to New Zealand Symphony Orchestra board

Peter Biggs and Bronwen Holdsworth have been appointed to the board of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and members Donald Best, Lisa Bates and Roger Taylor have been reappointed, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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27 June, 2014

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman appointed to Te Papa board

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has been appointed to the board of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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25 June, 2014

Māori Heritage Council members appointed

Eight members have been appointed to the Māori Heritage Council, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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20 June, 2014

Screen Advisory Board members announced

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson today announced the formation of the Screen Advisory Board.

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20 June, 2014

Museums grants announced

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today grants of $4.1 million to three museum projects around New Zealand in Akaroa, the Chatham Islands and Waitangi.

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20 June, 2014

New Supreme Court and Court of Appeal appointments

The Honourable Sir Mark O’Regan has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court and the Honourable Justice Ellen France will replace him as President of the Court of Appeal, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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13 June, 2014

Peters gently corrected on Treaty error

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has rushed to correct New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ misunderstanding today of a High Court decision issued two weeks ago.

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13 June, 2014

Acting District Court Judge appointed

Hamilton lawyer Simon Menzies has been appointed as an acting District Court Judge with a jury warrant to serve in the Hamilton District Court, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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13 June, 2014

Acting District Court Judge appointed

Tauranga lawyer Belinda Pidwell has been appointed as an acting District Court Judge with a Family Court warrant to serve in the Waitakere District Court, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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12 June, 2014

Screen NZ formed to boost NZ’s profile on world stage

The government today announced the formation of Screen New Zealand, a new ‘virtual agency’ that formalises the collaboration of three existing screen agencies.

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11 June, 2014

Funding for youth cultural initiatives

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chris Finlayson and Minister of Youth Affairs Nikki Kaye today announced $50,000 from the Ministry of Youth Development to support youth participation in the performing arts.

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11 June, 2014

Agreement in Principle signed with the iwi and hapū of Te Wairoa

The Crown has signed an Agreement in Principle to settle historical Treaty of Waitangi claims with the iwi and hapū of Te Wairoa, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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11 June, 2014

Agreement in Principle signed with the iwi and hapū of Heretaunga-Tamatea

The Crown has signed an Agreement in Principle to settle historical Treaty of Waitangi claims with Heretaunga-Tamatea, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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5 June, 2014

Queen’s Counsel appointed

Fourteen lawyers have been appointed Queen’s Counsel this year, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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4 June, 2014

Four young New Zealanders chosen for Bastille Day commemorations

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today the four young French-speaking New Zealanders who have been selected to represent New Zealand at the Bastille Day military parade in Paris on 14 July.

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23 May, 2014

Labour once again shows its financial illiteracy

Jacinda Ardern has yet again shown why New Zealanders do not trust the Labour Party even to read a Budget correctly, let alone write one, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson said today.

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22 May, 2014

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board members appointed

Eight inaugural members have been appointed to the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board, established by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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20 May, 2014

Regional Museum and Art Gallery Capital Fund opens

The Regional Museums Policy fund for Capital Construction Projects is open for 2014/15 applications, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chris Finlayson announced today.

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20 May, 2014

Film and television co-production agreement signed with Denmark

A film and television co-production agreement signed overnight between New Zealand and Denmark will provide exciting opportunities for collaboration between both countries’ screen industries, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson said today.

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19 May, 2014

New District Court Judge appointed

Wellington lawyer Chris Sygrove has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury and Family Court warrants to serve in New Plymouth, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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19 May, 2014

New District Court Judge appointed

David Sharp, barrister and solicitor of Gisborne, has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury warrant to serve in Auckland, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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19 May, 2014

New District Court Judge appointed

Wellington-based Crown Counsel Stephanie Brigid Edwards has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury warrant to serve in Palmerston North, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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13 May, 2014

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill passes

The House tonight passed the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill. This Bill reforms the governance of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in line with its status as a Crown entity and streamlines the bureaucracy needed to ensure heritage protection. The statutory name of the Historic Places Trust will change to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

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10 May, 2014

Architecture Award further recognition of Frankfurt Book Fair success

A top architecture award for New Zealand’s Guest of Honour Pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair is further recognition of New Zealand’s excellent programme as Guest of Honour at the world’s largest content and media fair, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson said today.

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30 April, 2014

Calling young New Zealanders qui parlent Français

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced that applications are now open for four young French-speaking New Zealanders to represent New Zealand on 14 July at the Bastille Day Parade in Paris.

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23 April, 2014

Ngāti Porou Accord strengthens Crown relationship

The Crown has signed an Accord with Ngāti Porou in Gisborne, formalising the government’s ongoing commitment to the iwi, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson said today.

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17 April, 2014

Te Tau Ihu Treaty settlement legislation passed

The House sat for extended hours this morning to pass four bills giving effect to the final deeds of settlement for historical Treaty claims in the South Island.

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