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20 November, 2014

Investment help for mid-range companies

A Government service to help businesses raise capital and accelerate their international growth is turning its focus to the investment needs and opportunities of highly innovative firms and mid-range companies valued at up to $25 million.

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20 November, 2014

Joint Statement between New Zealand and the People’s Republic of China on the Establishment of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

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20 November, 2014

Two education initiatives with China

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced the signing with China of two initiatives that will further enhance educational initiatives between China and New Zealand.

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20 November, 2014

New Zealand China television co-production agreement signed

New Zealand has achieved an important milestone with the first ever television co-production agreement being signed by any country with China, say Trade Minister Tim Groser and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry.

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20 November, 2014

PM meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Prime Minister John Key held successful talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wellington today.

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20 November, 2014

Women in trades: it’s a good fit

Minister for Women Louise Upston is encouraging employers to attract more women to trades work to assist with the Canterbury rebuild.

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20 November, 2014

Medicine regulation upgrade planned

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will upgrade New Zealand’s therapeutic products regulation following the decision not to proceed with a joint regulator with Australia.

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20 November, 2014

Joint statement by Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health for Australia, and Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health for New Zealand, regarding ANZTPA

The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health for Australia, and the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health for New Zealand, today announced their governments’ agreement to cease efforts to establish a joint therapeutic products regulator, the Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA).

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20 November, 2014

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle.

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20 November, 2014

NZ performing well, return to surplus a challenge

New Zealand remains on track for solid economic growth, more jobs and rising incomes over the next few years, but falling dairy prices and low inflation will make returning to surplus this year challenging, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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19 November, 2014

Minister welcomes appointment of John Ombler

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the appointment of John Ombler as Acting Chief Executive of CERA.

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19 November, 2014

Minister visiting the United States and Canada

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee travels today to the United States and Canada for calls at the United Nations in New York, attendance at the Halifax International Security Forum, and a bilateral visit to Washington, including a meeting with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

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19 November, 2014

Nurse's IT innovation improves arthritis care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an innovative IT programme is enabling arthritis patients at the Hutt Valley DHB to self-monitor in the community, freeing up hospital resources for the sickest patients.

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19 November, 2014

PM’s Scholarships for Asia announced

Scholarships have been awarded to 160 top students from around the country to study at Asian institutions next year under the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia programme.

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19 November, 2014

Path to Nationhood history app launched

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has today launched a free app to help people explore New Zealand’s early history.

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18 November, 2014

More homes coming on board for Christchurch social housing tenants

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett is impressed with Housing New Zealand’s progress in building, redeveloping and repairing properties in Christchurch following a visit to the city today.

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18 November, 2014

Dunne to attend high needs health care symposium in Washington DC

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne heads for Washington DC today to attend the Commonwealth Fund’s 17th International Symposium on Health Care Policy.

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18 November, 2014

New High Commissioner to Malaysia

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today named diplomat John Subritzky as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Malaysia, to be based in Kuala Lumpur.

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18 November, 2014

New Ambassador to Indonesia announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today named career diplomat Trevor Matheson as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to Indonesia.

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18 November, 2014

New Ambassador to the Philippines announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat David Strachan as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to the Philippines.

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18 November, 2014

Broadband uptake exceeds ten per cent

Connections to broadband have accelerated by nearly forty per cent over the past quarter as more households, businesses and schools are able to join the fibre network.

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18 November, 2014

Draft Responsible Lending Code released for consultation

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith is inviting feedback on a draft Responsible Lending Code released for consultation today.

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17 November, 2014

Minimum family tax credit to rise next year

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says working families who are eligible for the minimum family tax credit will receive a small increase from 1 April next year.

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17 November, 2014

NZ steps up support for fight against Ebola

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and Foreign Minister Murray McCully have outlined further support from New Zealand to help combat the spread of Ebola.

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17 November, 2014

Statement on the resignation of Roger Sutton

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says he’s disappointed by the events which have led to the resignation today of Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) chief executive Roger Sutton.

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17 November, 2014

New initiatives to improve tenancy services

Changes to the delivery of key tenancy services are set to streamline and speed up processes for landlords and tenants, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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17 November, 2014

Antibiotic Awareness Week focus on correct use of antibiotics

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says Antibiotic Awareness Week is a chance for New Zealanders to contribute to the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.

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17 November, 2014

Marlborough Children’s Team now live

Today the Marlborough Children’s Team begins working with local families for the first time, says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

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15 November, 2014

New Zealand-Korea FTA negotiations conclude

Trade Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the announcement on the successful conclusion of negotiations with the Republic of Korea on a Free Trade Agreement.

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15 November, 2014

NZ and Korea complete Free Trade Agreement

Prime Minister John Key today announced that New Zealand and the Republic of Korea have completed Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

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