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8 December, 2015

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Cross-appointment to the New Zealand Commerce Commission

New Zealand Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith and Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison today announced the expansion of cross-appointments between the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

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8 December, 2015

NCEA credits for driver licences

Students are to be given the chance to earn NCEA credits by obtaining driver licences, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss announced today.

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8 December, 2015

$8.4 million for wool research partnership

The Government will invest $8.4 million over seven years in a research partnership that could transform New Zealand’s wool industry, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today.

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8 December, 2015

$4m boost for colonoscopy services

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an extra $4 million is being made available for DHB colonoscopy services.

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8 December, 2015

2015 PM’s Scholarships for Asia announced

The 2015 Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia have been awarded to 152 students from across New Zealand.

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8 December, 2015

Minister welcomes transparency for future of census

Statistics Minister Craig Foss is welcoming the release of Cabinet papers on the future of the census and appointments to the working group of the Data Futures Partnership.

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8 December, 2015

Customer focus supports China tourism growth

Research released today focusing on Chinese visitors’ preferences will support further strong growth in the tourism sector, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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8 December, 2015

New Zealand joins Global Geothermal Alliance

New Zealand is the newest member of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA), Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges announced overnight in Paris.

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8 December, 2015

New rifles for Defence Force

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee today announced that Cabinet has approved the purchase of new rifles to re-equip the Defence Force, 28 years after the Steyr 5.56mm rifle was introduced.

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8 December, 2015

Guardians appointed to NZ Superannuation Board

Catherine Savage has been named as the Chair of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Board, replacing current Chair Gavin Walker, who has resigned, Finance Minister Bill English has announced.

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8 December, 2015

New Zealand formally joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

New Zealand has formally became a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Finance Minister Bill English says.

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8 December, 2015

Warmer, safer homes bill unanimously supported

A Government Bill to require insulation and smoke alarms in all rental properties and to increase enforcement of housing standards received unanimous support in Parliament on its first reading, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said today.

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7 December, 2015

NZ leads diplomatic protest over Japanese whaling

New Zealand has led a joint diplomatic protest over Japan’s decision to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean, Prime Minister and Acting Foreign Minister John Key says.

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7 December, 2015

Dunedin’s historic courthouse to be restored

Courts Minister Amy Adams today announced that Cabinet has agreed to the strengthening and restoration of Dunedin’s historic courthouse.

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7 December, 2015

One more week to have a say on Education Act

With a week to go until submissions close, Education Minister Hekia Parata is encouraging all those with an interest in education to have say on the update of the 1989 Education Act.

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7 December, 2015

Next Ambassador to the United States announced

Prime Minister and Acting Foreign Minister John Key has announced Tim Groser as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the United States.

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7 December, 2015

PM announces changes to Ministerial portfolios

Prime Minister John Key today announced that Tim Groser has been appointed New Zealand's Ambassador to Washington and will take up the post early in 2016.

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7 December, 2015

Government and Salvation Army providing more social housing in Auckland

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett and Salvation Army Territorial Commander Commissioner Robert Donaldson have announced the Government and The Salvation Army will work together to provide more social housing for vulnerable Aucklanders.

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7 December, 2015

Community and Government delivering more social housing

Community Housing Providers will deliver over 500 new social housing places in Auckland, well in excess of the 300 target, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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7 December, 2015

Big time savings for small and medium businesses

A leap forward in the use of existing tax data means Statistics New Zealand has been able to halve the number of businesses being surveyed for important economic information, Minister of Statistics and for Small Business Craig Foss says.

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7 December, 2015

Board appointments to Victoria University, AUT & Unitec councils

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced nine appointments to three tertiary education institution councils.

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6 December, 2015

Veterans to receive additional support

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss is welcoming changes that will provide more support, and more services, to more veterans than ever before.

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6 December, 2015

Low-alcohol wine & beer changes a win-win

Supermarkets will be able to sell low and non-alcohol beer alongside regular beer under a new Bill introduced to Parliament by Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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6 December, 2015

Government focused on access to justice for ACC clients

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the release of a discussion paper on the proposed Accident Compensation Appeal Tribunal.

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6 December, 2015

Nature Heritage Fund Turns 25

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner has this weekend celebrated the Nature Heritage Fund’s significant contribution to conservation over the past 25 years, at a special ceremony held at Hakatere, Ashburton Lakes, in Canterbury.

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5 December, 2015

Te Urewera launches Statement of Priorities

The Crown and Ngāi Tuhoe welcome the launch of Te Urewera’s inaugural Statement of Priorities in Taneatua today.

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5 December, 2015

New Rangatahi Court for Taupō

Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the launch of New Zealand’s fourteenth Rangatahi Court in Taupō.

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4 December, 2015

Minister to attend Paris climate change conference

Associate Climate Change Issues Minister Simon Bridges will tomorrow travel to Paris, France to take part in the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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4 December, 2015

Chair announced for Regenerate Christchurch

The first significant step for Christchurch’s joint organisation Regenerate Christchurch has been marked today with the announcement of its chairperson, Andre Lovatt, who is the Chief Executive of the Arts Centre of Christchurch.

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4 December, 2015

West Coast community congratulated for achieving Lake Brunner water quality target

Lake Brunner’s water quality target has been achieved five years ahead of schedule, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced on the West Coast today.

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