Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the appointment of Dr Arapata Hakiwai to the New Zealand National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Today’s Better Public Service (BPS) update showing the Government is on track to achieve its goal of lifting the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 is a tribute to the hard work and professionalism of teachers and principals, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.
The crime figures from the Better Public Services results show there were around 64,000 fewer crimes in the past year than in June 2011, though data for the most recent quarter serve as a reminder that there is always more work to be done, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.
The Government’s Better Public Services for Business (Result 9) programme continues to show an improvement in reported performance by government agencies, Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce says.
More young people are achieving higher qualifications, welfare dependency continues to fall and Kiwis are doing more of their government transactions digitally, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Paula Bennett say.
A review to increase uptake for the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative is underway and the government is seeking feedback from industry on the proposed changes, says Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew.
Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission (EQC), Gerry Brownlee, and Associate Minister of Finance, Steven Joyce, say the Government has developed a number of proposals to reform the EQC Act, which are being released for public discussion today.
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner announced today that from 6 July traders can go online to register and manage their own information and client and supplier code applications through the Trade Single Window.
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the reappointment of Dr Kevin Thompson as deputy chair of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) board and the appointment two new members, Dayle Hunia and Geoffrey Thompson, to the board.
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner congratulate the winners of the eighth annual Arts Access Awards for their work in providing access to the arts.