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16 December, 2015

Call for submissions on NZ-EU FTA

Trade Minister, Todd McClay, today issued a call for public submissions on the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between New Zealand and the European Union (EU).

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16 December, 2015

1080 report shows poison being used responsibly

The latest report by the Environmental Protection Authority on the use of 1080 in New Zealand provides further reassurance to the public that the poison is safe and is being used responsibly, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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16 December, 2015

Positive report shows improvements in civil defence

An assessment of local government civil defence organisations shows their capabilities continue to improve across New Zealand, says Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye.

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16 December, 2015

$5.1m allocated to more anti-drug initiatives

Prime Minister John Key has announced over $5 million worth of assets seized from criminals will be invested in anti-drug initiatives.

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16 December, 2015

Interest in new health plan for older people

More than 1000 people have so far made their voices heard in the development of a new national Health of Older People Strategy, says Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.

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16 December, 2015

Visitors flock to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Thousands of visitors have taken the chance to experience the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington since it opened in April this year, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says.

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16 December, 2015

New BSA, RNZ and TVNZ appointments

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has announced a range of board appointments to some of New Zealand’s iconic broadcasting institutions.

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16 December, 2015

Govt awards new permits in Taranaki Basin

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the award of nine new oil and gas exploration permits for Block Offer 2015.

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16 December, 2015

Mental health workforce plan feedback sought

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a draft Action Plan to guide training and development of mental health workers is out for sector consultation.

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16 December, 2015

Three new Law Commissioners appointed

Justice Minister Amy Adams announced the appointment of Douglas White QC, Donna Buckingham and Helen McQueen as new members of the Law Commission, each for a term of five years.

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16 December, 2015

Proposal to terminate agreement

Education Minister Hekia Parata has advised the Ngā Parirau Mātauranga Charitable Trust that she proposes to terminate the agreement under which it runs a partnership school at Whangaruru.

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15 December, 2015

Disability Action Plan and Disability Strategy being updated

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today released the updated Disability Action Plan 2014 – 2018 and announced the first steps in the revision of the New Zealand Disability Strategy.

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15 December, 2015

New Zealand given historic opportunity to choose a flag

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says the confirmed results of the first flag referendum mean New Zealanders now have a clear choice whether to change our flag or keep our existing one.

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15 December, 2015

Farmers well prepared for strong El Nino summer

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has praised farmers’ preparations for this summer’s El Nino climate pattern, as it shapes up to be one of the strongest on record.

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15 December, 2015

Support for Pacific language education

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Minister for Pacific Peoples Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga have announced $763,000 funding for the Pasifika Education Centre in South Auckland.

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15 December, 2015

New Zealand’s dairy food safety capability in good shape

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed today’s release of the final report of the Dairy Capability Working Group.

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15 December, 2015

Govt finances reflect careful management

Treasury’s latest forecasts show ongoing improvement in the Government’s books – reflecting a continued focus on responsible fiscal management, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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15 December, 2015

Minister opens Cambridge section of $2.1 billion Waikato Expressway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today cut the ribbon opening the Cambridge section of the $2.1 billion Waikato Expressway.

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15 December, 2015

Public has its say on future of education

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she is delighted so many members of the public have taken the opportunity to have their say on the future of education.

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15 December, 2015

Rheumatic fever campaign evaluation positive

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an evaluation of this year’s national rheumatic fever awareness campaign shows positive results and a scorecard of excellence.

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15 December, 2015

Christmas cheer for Settling In fund recipients

A total of $315,820 in funding has been approved for 48 applicants from not-for-profit organisations working with refugees and migrants, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga announced today.

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15 December, 2015

Gaining better understanding of treatment injury

The Government is working to gain a full understanding of treatment injury to inform a range of initiatives to reduce treatment injury rates, say Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman and Minister for ACC Nikki Kaye.

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15 December, 2015

Auckland’s social housing growth continues

Newly built social housing units in West Auckland will ensure more vulnerable people can access healthy, modern housing while they need it, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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14 December, 2015

New report on safety from violence highlights key factors for Samoan women

Samoan culture, ‘talking about it’ and education are key to preventing violence against Samoan women and girls, according to a new report released by the Minister for Women, Hon Louise Upston, and the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

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14 December, 2015

Joyce marks first Air NZ flight to Houston

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves for the United States tomorrow on the inaugural Air New Zealand flight to Houston, Texas.

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14 December, 2015

Housing Accord for Selwyn signed

A Selwyn Housing Accord aimed at improving the affordability of housing and availability of land was signed today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Kelvin Coe.

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14 December, 2015

Government committed to better local services

The government remains committed to introducing legislation that will enable co-operation across councils, Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says.

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14 December, 2015

Government and Salvation Army dedicate new social housing site

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett and Salvation Army Territorial Commander Commissioner Robert Donaldson have dedicated a new social housing site in Royal Oak, Auckland.

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14 December, 2015

Australia New Zealand Defence Ministers’ meet

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee will host the Australian Defence Minister, Senator Marise Payne in Christchurch today.

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14 December, 2015

New contracts help SMEs grow

The Government has committed to a further five and a half years of support to help small businesses grow through its Regional Business Partner programme, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Small Business Minister Craig Foss announced today.

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