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4 May, 2015

Work to improve West Coast link underway

Work is being done to improve a section of road vital for linking the South Island’s West Coast with Christchurch, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

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3 May, 2015

Privacy Week to promote information security

Justice Minister Amy Adams says Privacy Week 2015 is a reminder to people about the importance of keeping personal information secure.

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3 May, 2015

Sign Language Week a chance to celebrate

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner encourages people from all walks of life to celebrate, communicate and connect with New Zealand’s Deaf Community during the upcoming New Zealand Sign Language Week.

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3 May, 2015

Road Safety Week to focus on kids

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says Road Safety Week 2015 will focus on some of our most vulnerable road users — children.

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3 May, 2015

Budget 2015: PM announces funding for Northland cycle trail

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has announced a further $3 million will be invested in 2015/16 to help fund the completion of Northland’s Twin Coast Cycle Trail Pou Herenga Tai.

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2 May, 2015

Prime Minister welcomes Royal baby

Prime Minister John Key has congratulated Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of their second child, a girl.

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2 May, 2015

Most schools signed up to Managed Network

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye are delighted that most schools in New Zealand have now signed up to use the government-funded Managed Network.

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1 May, 2015

Corrections officers to get new body armour

All frontline Corrections officers are to get new lightweight stab-resistant body armour, Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced.

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1 May, 2015

Minister unveils FIFA U-20 volunteer uniforms

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has today unveiled the FIFA Under-20 World Cup volunteer uniform at a football event in Auckland.

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1 May, 2015

Minister impressed by Southland’s efficiency initiatives

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says Southland is fast becoming a hub for the nation’s energy efficiency activities and he believes this can play a vital role in growing Southland’s economy, with benefits for the rest of New Zealand.

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1 May, 2015

Precautions necessary for Nepal donations

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is warning New Zealanders to be alert for unscrupulous people who exploit the public’s generosity following the earthquake disaster in Nepal.

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1 May, 2015

Search begins for 2015 winners of PM’s Science Prizes

Entries have opened for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes, which will award a total of $1 million to New Zealand’s top scientists and researchers.

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1 May, 2015

Green light for $298m public private partnership schools

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say the signing of a $298 million contract for four more public private partnership (PPP) schools will see significant benefits for schools and taxpayers alike.

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1 May, 2015

Minister opens Rolleston Christian School

Education Minister Hekia Parata today officially opened Rolleston Christian School, located in the fastest growing Territorial Authority in New Zealand.

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1 May, 2015

Minister welcomes Victoria Square feedback

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the public feedback received on Victoria Square and says the community’s ideas will help shape the future of the popular public space.

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30 April, 2015

Migrant exploitation Bill passed

The Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2) which cracks down on employers who exploit migrant workers passed its final reading in parliament today.

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30 April, 2015

Appointment of Auckland and Manukau Crown Solicitors

Brian Dickey has been appointed Crown Solicitor for Auckland and Natalie Walker Crown Solicitor for Manukau, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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30 April, 2015

New laws to better protect New Zealand’s business reputation

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith says changes made by the Companies Amendment Act 2014 will help protect New Zealand’s integrity and reputation as a good place to do business. The changes to the Companies Act come into force from 1 May.

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30 April, 2015

Palestine Authority Foreign Minister visits NZ

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National Authority Dr Riyad al-Malki to New Zealand.

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30 April, 2015

Customs’ youngest canine graduates

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulated Customs’ newest detector dog team, black Labrador Flame, and Customs Officer Andrew, after they graduated at the Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham.

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30 April, 2015

Census submissions go online

Statistics Minister Craig Foss says a new online discussion forum is a great way for New Zealanders to help shape the 2018 census.

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30 April, 2015

Huge benefits from information sharing

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Revenue Minister Todd McClay say that taxpayers will soon be saving millions of dollars each year as a result of more efficient use of data from information sharing.

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30 April, 2015

NZICC preliminary design to be agreed by May 31

The Crown and SkyCity have agreed to a May 31 deadline for a revised NZICC Preliminary Design, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

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30 April, 2015

Annual consents top 25,000

New building consent figures released today by Statistics New Zealand confirm the strong progress being made in increasing housing supply, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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30 April, 2015

Inaugural recipients announced for Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund

The Māori Development Minister has confirmed that 41 Māori collectives will receive funding from Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund’s Commercial Advisors Scheme.

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30 April, 2015

McCully to Beijing and Guangzhou

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to China this weekend for official engagements in Beijing and Guangzhou.

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30 April, 2015

Rising ECE participation for Māori and Pasifika

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed an increase in the proportion of Māori and Pasifika children participating in early childhood education (ECE) before starting school.

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30 April, 2015

Kapiti benefiting from Youth One Stop Shops

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new report shows the positive impact Kapiti Coast’s Youth One Stop Shop is having.

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30 April, 2015

Way forward for Tāmaki regeneration announced

Ownership and management of approximately 2800 Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) properties at Tamaki will be transferred to the Tamaki Redevelopment Company (TRC) to encourage regeneration of the area, Finance Minister Bill English and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith say.

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29 April, 2015

Outstanding young Māori receive scholarships

Education Minister Hekia Parata today presented five Māori students with a prestigious tertiary scholarship in honour of the 28th (Māori) Battalion.

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