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17 January, 2013

Thousands of campers flock to DOC campsites

Thousands of New Zealanders have taken time out to camp and relax in Department of Conservation campsites around the country this summer, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

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14 December, 2012

Minister congratulates MPI for US agreement

Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson has congratulated the Ministry for Primary Industries for making us the first country to sign a Food Safety Systems Recognition Arrangement with the US Food and Drug Administration.

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12 December, 2012

Farm gate raw milk sales to continue

Farm gate sales of raw milk will continue and the amount that can be purchased is likely to increase, Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson said today.

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11 December, 2012

Positive future for Wellington harbour islands

The signing of the Wellington Harbour Islands (WHI) Management Plan sets the future vision and management of Wellington’s three harbour islands, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

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7 December, 2012

Decision paves the way for innovative foods for health

Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson has welcomed new trans-Tasman rules for health and nutrition claims on food labels.

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5 December, 2012

Minister urges food safety success to continue

Fewer New Zealanders are getting food poisoning but we must not forget basic food safety rules during the summer barbecue season, Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

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5 December, 2012

Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill – First reading speech

Mr Speaker, I move that the Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill be read for a first time.

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5 December, 2012

New Bill will create three marine reserves

Three marine reserves will be created under the Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

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4 December, 2012

Minister welcomes purchase of rare wetlands

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson is pleased the purchase of 5.6 hectares of land on the Miranda coast off the Firth of Thames will create a new scenic reserve to protect the area's chenier plains.

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3 December, 2012

Towards 2050 – A Pest Summit for New Zealand

It is a pleasure to be here today to officiate at the opening of this hugely important workshop.

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3 December, 2012

2012 Encore Awards

Community conservation is about actively involving people in projects that sustain and improve the natural environment.

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3 December, 2012

Two-day summit to tackle pest problem

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson today launched a two-day summit to look for new ways we can try and eradicate stoats, possums and rats - our three biggest pests.

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30 November, 2012

Minister congratulates Māori graduates

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson congratulated nine students who graduated from the Tauira Kaitiaki Taiao-Māori Cadetship Programme today.

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30 November, 2012

Speech for the Tauira Kaitiaki Taiao Cadetship Graduation Ceremony 2012 on 30 November 2012

Thank you for the opportunity to join you all here today to recognise the successful completion of the second Tauira Kaitiaki Taiao cadetship programme and celebrate the graduation of the nine participating cadets.

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28 November, 2012

Minister seeks conservation board nominations

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson is seeking proud New Zealanders to stand for their local conservation boards and make a difference in their community.

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28 November, 2012

Minister increases conservation board

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson is increasing the size of the Taranaki/Whanganui Conservation Board from eight members to ten.

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27 November, 2012

Minister welcomes opening of Tongariro tracks

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson has welcomed plans to re-open the Tongariro Northern Circuit and part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing on Thursday.

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23 November, 2012

Minister visits Mt Tongariro community leaders

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and Taupō MP Louise Upston will visit Turangi today to discuss the recent eruption of Mt Tongariro with the Department of Conservation and GNS Science.

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23 November, 2012

Minister welcomes opening of Ohaaki Wetlands

The Ohaaki Wetland is evidence of the success that can be achieved when groups work together towards a conservation goal, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

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23 November, 2012

Ohaaki Wetland opening

Good afternoon everyone, it is a pleasure to be here today.

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5 November, 2012

Minister steps down after Pike River report

Hon Kate Wilkinson has resigned as Labour Minister, effective today, following today’s release of the report from the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy.

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2 November, 2012

Native birds get greater protection from stoats

Native birds including great spotted kiwis in the Nelson Lakes National Park will have greater protection from stoats now that self-setting traps are in the region, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

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30 October, 2012

Changes to Part 6A approved by Cabinet

Cabinet has agreed to further improvements to the Employment Relations Act 2000, including changes to Part 6A that deals with the cleaning, catering, orderly and laundry industries, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said today.

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27 October, 2012

Launch of the Kaikoura Marine Strategy

I have much pleasure in being here today and I would like to thank Ngati Kuri and Te Korowai for their warm welcome.

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15 October, 2012

Conservation Minister to attend talks in India

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson leaves for India today to attend the 11th Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad.

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12 October, 2012

Tyson's visa application declined

Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson has declined to grant a visa that would allow Mike Tyson to enter New Zealand.

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11 October, 2012

Mountain Safety Council AGM

Thank you for the invitation to speak at the Mountain Safety Council AGM today.

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9 October, 2012

Starting-out wage will put young people in work

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson has today confirmed the introduction of a new starting-out wage that will help provide young New Zealanders with more opportunities to get into the workforce.

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4 October, 2012

Leading process safety in New Zealand

Much of the discussion around health and safety in our workplaces centres on the common risks and accidents that workers face. Things like preventing slips, trips and falls, using farm quad bikes safely and guarding machinery. This is clearly very important. And, for some industries it is actions and processes that will minimise the risk of major accidents or disasters. We're here today to talk about this aspect of workplace health and safety - process safety.

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3 October, 2012

Tyson visa cancelled

Mike Tyson’s visa has been cancelled by Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson today.

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