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14 December, 2015

Law Commission reports back on two work programmes

Justice Minister Amy Adams has welcomed two Law Commission reports on how the justice system responds to victims of sexual violence and on the use of classified and security-sensitive information in civil court proceedings.

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14 December, 2015

New affordable homes for Christchurch

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the opening of the Hornby Project complex, an initiative being delivered by a consortium of community housing providers to provide a range of affordable housing solutions for low income Christchurch families.

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14 December, 2015

Minister praises action against people smuggling

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse is praising a Joint Period of Action carried out by New Zealand and seven other countries to deter people smuggling and trafficking in persons.

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14 December, 2015

Small passenger service consultation paper released

Transport Ministers today released a consultation paper that looks at options for new rules for passenger services such as taxis, private hires, shuttles, and ridesharing.

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14 December, 2015

More funding to tackle nits

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that the Nitbusters programme, which provides free head lice treatment to families in low decile schools, is to continue in 2016.

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14 December, 2015

$12.3m to redevelop two Wellington schools

The Government will invest $12.3 million to redevelop two more Wellington schools, Newtown School and Ngaio School, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

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13 December, 2015

New vet exchange programme with China

A new veterinary exchange programme with China will help build closer relations in the equine industries, says Primary Industries and Racing Minister Nathan Guy.

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13 December, 2015

New Zealand leads declaration on carbon markets at Paris climate conference

A New Zealand inspired Ministerial Declaration on carbon markets was launched by countries at the historic climate change conference in Paris today.

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13 December, 2015

Historic Climate Change Deal Struck

Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser welcomes the conclusion of a new global agreement at the Paris conference on climate change.

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13 December, 2015

New public private partnership for schools

The Government intends to build and maintain six new schools around New Zealand using a public private partnership (PPP), Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

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13 December, 2015

Chinese kauri dieback partnership welcomed

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed a new partnership which will help inform Chinese New Zealanders and Chinese tourists about the threat of kauri dieback disease.

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12 December, 2015

Agreement in principle signed with Ngaati Hinerangi

The Crown has signed an agreement in principle with Ngaati Hinerangi to settle its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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11 December, 2015

Addressing skills shortages in dairy farming

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce and Minister for Social Development Anne Tolley have welcomed the launch of the Canterbury Farm Capability Society Group Employment and Training Scheme for farm workers.

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11 December, 2015

New staff and dogs to strengthen biosecurity

New Zealand’s biosecurity frontline will be further strengthened with the graduation of 57 staff today, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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11 December, 2015

New Zealand Rugby 2015 Awards

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman will tonight mark the success of New Zealand rugby at the 2015 NZ Rugby Union Awards.

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11 December, 2015

McClay to attend 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi

Todd McClay will next week attend the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

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11 December, 2015

Acting District Court Judges appointed

Two acting District Court Judges have been appointed, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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11 December, 2015

Investment in young technology leaders

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced $25,000 of funding for the OMG Tech Youth Leadership Training Programme.

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11 December, 2015

Funding gears up for the New Zealand Cycle Trail

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has announced the Government is investing almost $530,000 in 10 new projects that will contribute to enhancing and maintaining the quality of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

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11 December, 2015

New Zealand to gain from training aircraft engineers

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss welcomes a new civil aviation rule, enabling New Zealand aircraft maintenance training organisations to more easily train overseas aircraft engineers.

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11 December, 2015

Government consults on disclosure for fundraisers

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today released a consultation document seeking comment on whether businesses fundraising for charities should divulge certain information to the donating public.

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11 December, 2015

Project Taranaki Mounga investment welcomed

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed the launch of Project Taranaki Mounga, a major new partnership which has the potential to change the face of conservation in New Zealand.

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11 December, 2015

Kiwis show strong interest in future flag

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says the preliminary results of the first referendum to decide on the future of the New Zealand flag show strong public interest.

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11 December, 2015

Celebrating New Zealand’s sports media

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman paid tribute last night to New Zealand’s top sports journalists and photographers at the annual Sir Terry McLean Sports Journalism Awards in Auckland.

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11 December, 2015

$8.5m redevelopment for Kelburn Normal School, Wellington

The Government will invest $8.5 million redeveloping Kelburn Normal School in Wellington, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

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11 December, 2015

Encouraging Trends in Child Oral Health

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has welcomed the Ministry of Health’s update of key New Zealand Health Survey results, released today.

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11 December, 2015

Student loan rush before holiday season

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew is congratulating the 63,728 tertiary students who have applied for their 2016 Student Loans and Allowances.

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10 December, 2015

The Someday Awards an inspiration

Conservation and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated the young winners of the 9th annual The Outlook for Someday film challenge.

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10 December, 2015

New interagency plan to tackle cybercrime

Agencies are taking steps to ensure an effective response to the growing problem of cybercrime with the establishment of a new interagency cybercrime plan.

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10 December, 2015

Cyber Security Strategy safeguards NZ economy

Ensuring New Zealanders are safe, resilient and prosperous online is at the heart of the Government’s refreshed national Cyber Security Strategy launched today.

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