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Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio has welcomed the Pacific recipients named in the New Year’s Honours.

Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List. 

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio has expressed his sincere condolences and sympathies to the family of Tony Johns who has passed away. 

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the latest United Nations Security Council resolution against North Korea.

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event.

The Minister of Fisheries, Hon Stuart Nash, has announced the management measures that will apply to the Southern Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU6T) to manage the incidental capture of New Zealand Sea Lions.

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran has appointed Aucklander Wendy Palmer to the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) Board.

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter and Police Minister Stuart Nash are urging people to travel safely over the summer holidays.

The Government will increase the minimum wage by 75 cents to $16.50 per hour on 1 April 2018, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced today.

Police Minister Stuart Nash and Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri said strong collaboration between Customs and Police led to the seizure of 24kg of cocaine in Paihia yesterday.

Health Minister Dr David Clark says he looks forward to working with Stephen McKernan following his appointment as Acting Director-General of Health.

Lawyers, conveyancers, real estate agents and the Racing Board will come under the latest anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism regulations, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today.

New Zealand will contribute $3.5 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross for crucial humanitarian assistance in Yemen and Syria, Foreign Minister Affairs Winston Peters has announced.

Associate Minister of Local Government and Associate Minister of Agriculture with responsibility for Animal Welfare, Hon Meka Whaitiri, is urging all animal owners and the community to remain vigilant this summer.

Changes have been made to the $4.5million Unreinforced Masonry Building Securing Fund (URM Fund) in response to constraints building owners were facing while attempting to secure buildings.

Mt Egmont/Taranaki will become a legal personality, in its own right, with joint responsibility shared between local Māori and the government in an agreement signed with the eight iwi of Taranaki in parliament today says Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little.

Farmers and growers in very dry regions around the country are urged to make plans to get through a summer that has turned hot and dry sooner than usual.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the members being appointed to the Government’s Tax Working Group.

Wellington barrister and solicitor Christine Grice has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today.

The Honourable Justice Joseph Victor Williams has been appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.

The Crown and Ngāti Maru have signed an Agreement in Principle to settle the historical Treaty claims of Ngāti Maru, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced two appointments to university governing councils and a reappointment to the WelTec Whitireia combined council.

The appointments are:

‘Tis the season for family, celebration and plenty o’ merriment so let’s make sure the holidays aren’t spent in hospital, says Minister for ACC Iain Lees-Galloway.

The Student Loan Scheme Annual report 2016/17 released today again highlights the debts many people are forced into to try to get ahead, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.