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22 January, 2016

More than 100,000 SmartGate users in one week

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says SmartGate reached a new record during its busiest holiday period with 100,941 passengers using it in the second week of January.

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21 January, 2016

Backgrounder: Medical Cannabis in New Zealand

In light of recent and increasing commentary on the use, access to and funding of cannabis based medical products, attached is a fact sheet on the definition, current availability, status and authorisation process around the use of these products for therapeutic purposes. Further information can be found on the Ministry of health’s website at: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/medicines-control/medicinal-cannabis

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21 January, 2016

Benefit numbers continue steady yearly decline

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people receiving a benefit is continuing to decline year on year with a 2.5 per cent drop in the number of people receiving a main benefit between December 2014 and December 2015.

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21 January, 2016

Trade Minister releases TPP signing date

Trade Minister Todd McClay can now confirm that the Government is planning to host the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in New Zealand on Thursday 4 February.

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21 January, 2016

Setting the record straight on TPP and Treaty

Trade Minister Todd McClay today released a new TPP factsheet outlining how TPP specifically recognises the Treaty of Waitangi, as well as other areas of significance for Māori including opportunities for Māori exporters.

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20 January, 2016

Drought in South Island enters second year

Widespread drought conditions in the South Island mean the medium-scale event classification will be extended until the end of June, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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20 January, 2016

New Wellington to Singapore service welcomed

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the launch of a new international air service out of Wellington is a significant development for Wellington Airport.

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20 January, 2016

Flag choices to fly on Auckland Harbour Bridge

Ministers Bill English and Simon Bridges have announced that the proposed alternative Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) flag will fly alongside the current New Zealand flag on the Auckland Harbour Bridge from Friday 22 January.

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20 January, 2016

Prime Minister’s Youth Programme recognises inspirational young people

Around 100 young people who have overcome significant challenges have been selected for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) and are participating in the programme this week.

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18 January, 2016

Minister welcomes Chinese New Year

Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says he is looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year with communities around the country.

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17 January, 2016

NZ welcomes implementation of Iran nuclear deal

Duty Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the next stage in the historic nuclear deal between Iran, the Five Permanent (P5) members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany.

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15 January, 2016

New appointments to three CRI boards

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of three new members to the boards of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS), and the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Scion).

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15 January, 2016

New funding round to encourage curious minds

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today launched a second round of the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund, offering up to $2 million for successful projects.

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12 January, 2016

Recreational fishing parks proposed in Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds as part of Marine Protected Area reform

The Government has today launched a consultation document on a new Marine Protected Areas Act to replace the Marine Reserves Act 1971 that includes proposals for recreational fishing parks in the inner Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds.

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11 January, 2016

Housing construction hits one billion dollars per month

The growth in residential building hit an all-time record of a billion dollars of work consented in a month for the first time ever, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith noted today in response to Statistics New Zealand building consent data.

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6 January, 2016

NZ strongly condemns North Korean nuclear test

Duty Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga says the New Zealand Government strongly condemns North Korea’s claimed underground nuclear test today.

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5 January, 2016

Holiday road toll for 2015/16

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is urging drivers to remain focussed and vigilant as they head home these holidays.

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2 January, 2016

Honouring services to disability community

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner congratulates those honoured for services to the disability community in the New Year’s Honours.

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1 January, 2016

2015 road toll disappointing

The provisional road toll for 2015 is 321, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says.

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31 December, 2015

Minister welcomes victory against ISIL

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed news that Iraqi troops who were trained by the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) Building Partner Capacity mission in Taji were part of the force that has retaken the city of Ramadi from Daesh (ISIL).

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31 December, 2015

Pacific people in New Year 2016 Honours

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has congratulated the Pacific recipients of appointments and awards in the New Year 2016 Honours.

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31 December, 2015

NY Honours recognise service to education

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata have congratulated the twelve New Zealanders who are recipients of New Year’s Honours for their services to education.

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23 December, 2015

Report confirms ChristChurch Cathedral can be reinstated

Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee says the decision by the Anglican Church to progress investigations into reinstating the ChristChurch Cathedral will be greatly appreciated by the wider community.

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23 December, 2015

East Frame development gets final approval

Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee says formalising the East and North Frame development agreement between the Crown and Fletcher Residential enables the large residential build to get underway in central Christchurch.

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23 December, 2015

Keep safe on the roads these holidays

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is encouraging road users to do the right thing and travel safely over the summer holidays.

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23 December, 2015

Stay safe on the water these holidays

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is urging Kiwis to stay safe on the water this festive season.

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22 December, 2015

Next stage of Campylobacter strategy in place by early 2016

Action is being taken by the Government to achieve further reductions in Campylobacter levels in chicken, says Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew.

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22 December, 2015

City playground a reward for families

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the opening of the Margaret Mahy Family Playground today provides a central location for a summer of family fun in Canterbury.

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22 December, 2015

Maternity services continuing to improve

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the National Maternity Monitoring Group (NMMG) 2015 Annual Report shows the quality of maternity services in New Zealand is continuing to improve.

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21 December, 2015

Metro Sports Facility design team appointed

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced the appointment of a high quality design team to work with the Government and Christchurch City Council on developing the city’s new Metro Sports Facility.

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