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New Zealand is contributing $1.5 million to help recovery efforts following the devastating tsunami that struck the Sunda Strait, in Indonesia, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says.

“Pacific women feature strongly in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list in recognition of their diverse contribution to Pacific Aotearoa in a range of fields including literature, fashion, mental health, youth development, sports, leadership and governance,” says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

The Minister for Climate Change congratulates recipients in the 2019 New Year’s Honours whose work is helping Aotearoa New Zealand understand and address climate change.

New Zealand exporters are among the first to benefit from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership which takes effect today.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says Japan’s position in the International Whaling Commission was discussed with his Japanese counterpart, Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her condolences to the Government and people of Indonesia for the loss of life and damage following yesterday’s tsunami which hit the Sunda Strait.

Ngāti Rangitihi and the Crown are one step closer to settling historical Treaty claims after an Agreement in Principle was signed in the Bay of Plenty today, said Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little.

The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta  has applauded the appointment of the new District Court Judge in Northland.

The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says we have to be vigilant around our dogs this summer.

New Zealand’s economy is in good shape heading into 2019, with data showing annual GDP growth of 3%, strength in regional economic activity, and rising confidence among consumers and businesses, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Tredene Dobson as Ambassador to Iraq.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Linda Te Puni as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Chile.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Peter Kell as Ambassador to the Philippines.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced that diplomat Dr Trevor Matheson has been appointed the new High Commissioner to Samoa, with accreditation to American Samoa.

La-Verne King of Taemaro, Te Tai Tokerau has been appointed as a District Court Judge in Northland, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. 

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced six appointments and reappointments to the governing councils of tertiary education institutions.

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter is asking everyone to plan ahead, be patient and take extra care on the road this summer holiday.

A proposed new plan to better manage the blue cod fishery has been launched by the Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash.

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced changes at Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ), saying strengthening the health workforce is an ongoing priority.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted legal advice from the Solicitor General on the Independent Police Conduct Authority report on Wally Haumaha that there is not a clear and proper basis to support removal of the Deputy Police Commissioner.

The Minister of Police has written to the Commissioner of Police following the release of the IPCA report into complaints about the Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha.

The Minister for ACC Iain Lees-Galloway today announced two new appointments to the Board of ACC. The new appointments commence 1 February 2019.

Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has announced the appointment of Damian Stone and Terena Wara as Judges of the Māori Land Court, and the reappointment of Judge Patrick Savage as an Acting Judge of the Māori Land Court.

The Waitangitaona River on the South Island’s West Coast will have one name but it will be spelt correctly under a decision made by Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage.