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14 April, 2014

Trends revealed from Census 2013 online option

Several trends have emerged following analysis of the 2013 Census online option, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says.

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11 April, 2014

Record summer season for Customs

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson today congratulated Customs for its successful summer campaign, which achieved major drug seizures and high service levels during a record travel season.

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8 April, 2014

NZ-China drug enforcement cooperation strengthened

Police Minister Anne Tolley and Customs Minister Maurice Williamson have announced that New Zealand’s drug enforcement relationship with China is being strengthened to help identify organised criminals in China and reduce the supply of precursors and methamphetamine into this country.

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3 April, 2014

SmartGate opens to arriving UK & US travellers

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson today announced SmartGate is now open to United Kingdom and American travellers on arrival.

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2 April, 2014

Improved data access to deliver benefits

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson today welcomed the decision by Statistics New Zealand to reduce fees for academic researchers using its Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) platform.

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27 March, 2014

Targeted operations stops $26 million of ‘P’

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson today announced $26 million of methamphetamine or ‘P’ was stopped from reaching New Zealand’s streets following a series of targeted operations in late 2013.

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20 March, 2014

Border Processing Bill passes third reading

A Bill that supports the implementation of a new border management system has passed its third and final reading in Parliament today.

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12 March, 2014

Benefits in coordinated approach to imagery

Efforts to coordinate central and local government procurement of aerial imagery will ensure better value for money and open access to the data, Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says.

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10 March, 2014

App shows value of releasing public data

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today hailed the Marine Mate smartphone application as a great example of central and local government collaborating to make public data more accessible.

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7 March, 2014

3D models to aid Christchurch vision

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says 3D models of buildings past, present and planned are being made available from today to help people visualise how the Christchurch central city will look.

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6 March, 2014

Electronic charts support safety in the Pacific

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga have welcomed the completion of electronic navigational charts for the south-west Pacific.

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5 March, 2014

Earthquake-prone buildings Bill passes first reading

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson has welcomed the passing of the first reading of the Building (Earthquake-prone buildings) Amendment Bill today.

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27 February, 2014

Consents referred to engineering authority

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson today announced the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand has agreed to review the adequacy of engineering design work done for four Christchurch buildings.

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26 February, 2014

Building statistical capability across the Pacific

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga announced today that statisticians from Pacific countries will spend time at Statistics New Zealand in an effort to grow their statistical knowledge and capability.

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21 February, 2014

No truth to Huka Lodge claims by Peters

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says claims made by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters today that Huka Lodge, in Taupo, has been sold to Chinese interests are not true.

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20 February, 2014

Amendments support new border system

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson has welcomed the passing of the second reading of the Border Processing (Trade Single Window and Duties) Bill.

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18 February, 2014

Positive audit result for CCC consents

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson today announced no safety problems have been found in a random audit of building consents issued by Christchurch City Council.

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18 February, 2014

Statistics helping inform the rebuild

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson say the release of further census information about Christchurch will provide much needed information for the rebuild.

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12 February, 2014

Government considers data use of the future

The Government has set up a working group to advise ministers on how the collection, sharing and use of business and personal information will impact on public services in the coming years.

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7 February, 2014

Next phase of datum improvement work begins

The next phase of work to update and enhance the New Zealand Vertical Datum 2009 is set to begin tomorrow, Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says.

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3 February, 2014

Minister welcomes new cadastral strategy

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today welcomed the release of Cadastre 2034 strategy by the Surveyor-General.

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30 January, 2014

Crown land expertise delivering efficiencies

The Crown Land Centre of Expertise has now signed a memorandum of understanding with seven public sector agencies, Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says.

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16 December, 2013

Minister welcomes second big drug haul

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson has welcomed the discovery of $72 million of methamphetamine pre-cursor drugs at the Ports of Auckland.

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11 December, 2013

Entry period change a boost to marine industry

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson announced today that super-yachts, yachts and other small craft visiting New Zealand can now stay for up to two years without paying Customs charges.

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11 December, 2013

Place name honours South Island gold pioneer

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today announced Headlong Peak, in Mount Aspiring National Park, is to be renamed Mount Tewha.

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10 December, 2013

Central Otago place names approved

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today announced his decision to assign Lake Te Kōhua, Mount Tūwhakarōria and Tapuae-o-Uenuku / Hector Mountains as official names for three alpine features in Central Otago.

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9 December, 2013

More buildings cleared in review

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson today announced more than two-thirds of the structures part of a review into buildings with non-ductile columns have been cleared or excluded.

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4 December, 2013

Ministers congratulate agencies for largest ever precursor bust

Police Minister Anne Tolley and Customs Minister Maurice Williamson have praised their agencies following the largest ever ContacNT precursor drugs bust in New Zealand, in which over 330 kg of the Class B drug has been seized.

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3 December, 2013

Release of census information welcomed

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson has welcomed today’s release of a large amount of 2013 Census data by Statistics New Zealand.

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2 December, 2013

Progress on disability access review

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson and Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia today announced terms of reference and timeframes have been set for a review into building access for disabled people.

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