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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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21 December, 2015

Improved palliative care guidance

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes new guidance on providing the best possible care for people during the last days of their lives.

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20 December, 2015

NZ-Korea FTA set to benefit NZ exporters

Trade Minister Todd McClay has today welcomed entry-into-force of the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

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20 December, 2015

$1.2m extra to expand Fruit in Schools

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Fruit in Schools programme will be expanded to include an extra 77 schools, benefiting an additional 13,000 students.

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20 December, 2015

McClay says WTO agreement significant for NZ

Trade Minister Todd McClay welcomes agreement of the WTO Nairobi package reached at the 10th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and says the elimination of export subsidies is significant for New Zealand agriculture exporters.

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18 December, 2015

Minister announces new Te Māngai Pāho Board members

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has announced two new appointments to the Board of the Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency, Te Māngai Pāho.

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18 December, 2015

Te Aupōuri Ministerial Inquiry completed

A Ministerial Investigation into the affairs of Te Aupōuri Māori Trust Board has been completed and its findings have been reported to Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

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18 December, 2015

Upgraded Hooker Valley track opens

A newly completed upgrade of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park’s popular Hooker Valley track makes it easier for visitors to experience the spectacle of New Zealand’s highest mountains, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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18 December, 2015

Water safety campaign launched

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye welcome Water Safety New Zealand’s campaign launch of ‘Stop and think before you go near the water’, which is supported by ACC.

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18 December, 2015

Nearly 100 significant school property projects progress over holidays

Classes may have stopped but the Government’s investment means lots of building work will be happening in schools over the holidays, with around 100 significant projects of over $3 million each currently on the go, says Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye.

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18 December, 2015

New Health Research Council chair appointed

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Dr Lester Levy has been appointed chair of the Health Research Council (HRC), replacing outgoing chair Sir Robert Stewart.

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18 December, 2015

High Commissioner to Singapore announced

Prime Minister and Acting Foreign Minister John Key has named diplomat Dr Jonathan Austin as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Singapore.

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18 December, 2015

Takahē release shows success of Recovery Programme

Ten young takahē released in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland are the latest success for the species’ ongoing recovery programme, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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18 December, 2015

Deed of Settlement signed with Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa

The Crown has signed a Deed of Settlement with Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa settling the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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17 December, 2015

New hotel boosts regional economy

A new hotel opening in New Plymouth will create 70 jobs and support more tourism growth in the Taranaki region, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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17 December, 2015

Appointments to new CPIT Aoraki council

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today announced the Ministerial appointments to the governing council of the new tertiary institution for Canterbury, which merges Aoraki Polytechnic and Christchurch Institute of Technology (CPIT).

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17 December, 2015

Appointments to NorthTec Council

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced two new appointments to the Northland Polytechnic (NorthTec) council.

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17 December, 2015

New regulations lower cost to food businesses

New food safety regulations under the Food Act 2014 will allow businesses to keep their costs down by managing food safety well says Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew.

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17 December, 2015

Fetal Alcohol Consultation Opens

Consultation has opened today on a discussion paper by the Ministry of Health on actions to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

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17 December, 2015

West Coast visitor safety measures completed

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming the completion of additional road safety measures on the West Coast ahead of the busy summer holiday period.

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17 December, 2015

New Zealand meets Kyoto climate target

Three reports released today show New Zealand met its target for reducing emissions under the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and is on track to meet its 2020 target, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says.

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17 December, 2015

Tourism, manufacturing drive economic growth

Solid economic growth in recent months confirms the Government’s programme of economic management is on track to deliver more jobs and ongoing wage rises for New Zealanders, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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17 December, 2015

$17.6 million in additional funding for Department of Corrections

Corrections Minister Judith Collins has announced the government will provide additional funding of $17.6 million to the Department of Corrections.

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17 December, 2015

New immunisation resource for primary care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource will support midwives, nurses and doctors to inform parents about infant immunisation.

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17 December, 2015

Second Sign Language funding round open

The next round of the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Fund opens for applications today, Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner has announced.

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17 December, 2015

McClay welcomes new WTO IT Agreement

Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations on the expansion of the World Trade Organisation Information Technology Agreement (ITA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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17 December, 2015

Disclosure scheme to increase safety of family violence victims

A new disclosure scheme will make it easier for Police to disclose a person’s violent criminal past to a concerned partner or friend.

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16 December, 2015

Additional Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel members appointed

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the appointment of three additional members to the Auckland Unitary Plan independent hearings panel.

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16 December, 2015

Bridge of Remembrance upgrade to begin

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner is delighted work will soon begin to enhance Christchurch’s iconic Bridge of Remembrance.

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16 December, 2015

New safe house to help family violence victims

A new safe house in Hamilton will help women and children escaping from family violence start to get back on their feet, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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