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9 February, 2016

Patents Bill passes first reading

Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the next step in establishing a single trans-Tasman patent attorney regime following the first reading of the Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.

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9 February, 2016

Acting District Court Judge appointed

Auckland barrister Andrea Manuel has been appointed an Acting District Court Judge with a Family Court warrant to be based in Auckland, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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9 February, 2016

Encouraging immunisation for older children

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new awareness campaign starts today to remind parents and caregivers of older children about the school based immunisation programme.

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9 February, 2016

TPP presented for treaty examination

Trade Minister Todd McClay today announced the commencement of Parliamentary treaty examination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), following signature of the Agreement on 4 February 2016. 

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9 February, 2016

Minister marks Safer Internet Day

The start of the school year is a good opportunity for parents to remind their children of the harmful effects of cyberbullying and staying safe online, says Communications Minister Amy Adams.

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9 February, 2016

Brownlee attending Counter-Daesh meeting

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee leaves today to attend the first Counter-Daesh Defence Ministerial meeting, involving all countries contributing to the Counter-Daesh Coalition.

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8 February, 2016

2016 job prospects strong for those into making things

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today released the 2016 Occupation Outlook report and mobile app which shows job prospects continue to be very good in highly skilled, fast growing industries such as high-tech manufacturing and ICT.

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7 February, 2016

NZ Condemns North Korea rocket launch

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned today’s long-range rocket launch by North Korea.

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7 February, 2016

McClay visits Europe to progress EU-NZ FTA

Trade Minister Todd McClay leaves for Europe this weekend for introductory meetings with counterparts in the EU and certain Member States, with a focus on progressing a European Union-New Zealand free trade agreement (EU-NZ FTA).

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6 February, 2016

Minister welcomes interim Tribunal report

Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, welcomes the interim Waitangi Tribunal report on Te Ture Whenua Māori.

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5 February, 2016

Appointment of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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5 February, 2016

Waterview Shared Path construction underway

Construction on Auckland’s $25 million Waterview Shared Path is now underway, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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5 February, 2016

Disability Strategy reference group gets to work

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today announced appointments to the New Zealand Disability Strategy revision reference group, who will begin work on revising this important national vision next week.

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5 February, 2016

Whitehead report released

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has released the Whitehead Report, into diplomatic immunity issues surrounding Malaysian Defence attache Mohammad Rizalman.

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5 February, 2016

ETS Review modelling documents released

Three technical documents are being released to help New Zealanders engage with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) review, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says.

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5 February, 2016

Interlock devices stopping offenders drink driving

A growing number of offenders are taking part in a programme which aims to curb their repeat drink driving behaviour, says Corrections Minister Judith Collins.

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4 February, 2016

Cruise ship tourism in a league of its own

The decision by P&O Cruises to base a ship out of New Zealand is an endorsement of our growing cruise industry, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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4 February, 2016

Travel responsibly this Waitangi weekend

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is urging all motorists to consider the road toll and its impact before getting behind the wheel this long weekend.

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4 February, 2016

Lyttelton Port development connecting NZ traders to the world

The redevelopment of the Lyttelton Port in Canterbury will play a significant role in the future economic growth and prosperity of the South Island by boosting jobs and trade, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee say.

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4 February, 2016

Exciting Mānuka honey scheme launched

A new initiative to boost the mānuka honey industry in Northland and provide educational and employment opportunities has been launched today at Northland College by Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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4 February, 2016

Trans-Pacific Partnership signed in Auckland

Trade Minister Todd McClay today signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership on behalf of New Zealand, at a ceremony in Auckland.

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4 February, 2016

TPP overwhelmingly positive for NZ – PM

Prime Minister John Key welcomed today’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Auckland, confirming it will be overwhelmingly positive for New Zealand in supporting more trade and investment, jobs and incomes.

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4 February, 2016

$4 million for Hundertwasser Centre

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Government will contribute $4 million to the construction of the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery in Whangarei.

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4 February, 2016

Action plan to help grow Northland

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have today announced a detailed action plan to invigorate Northland’s economy.

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3 February, 2016

Pacific employment at all-time high

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed new figures which show the unemployment rate for Pacific people has fallen to its lowest point since 2008 and employment at its highest level.

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3 February, 2016

School Network Upgrade Project completed

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that all state and state-integrated schools have received upgrades to core on-site IT infrastructure, such as cabling and wiring, to enable them to access high-quality, high-speed internet for learning.

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3 February, 2016

New features in store for popular playground

Christchurch’s hugely popular new Margaret Mahy Family Playground will have even more exciting features added in the coming months, says Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Nicky Wagner.

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3 February, 2016

Unemployment figure lowest in seven years

The latest Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) shows unemployment has fallen to 5.3 per cent, the lowest since March 2009.

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3 February, 2016

Beach to become public land if appeal succeeds

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says a privately-owned beach will become part of the Abel Tasman National Park if an online crowdfunding campaign to buy it succeeds.

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3 February, 2016

High Commissioner to Canada announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has named diplomat Daniel Mellsop as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Canada.

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