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Brian Corban has been appointed to the KiwiRail board as Deputy Chair, Minister for State Owned Enterprises Winston Peters and Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today.

Justice Minister Andrew Little today announced the process for the appointment of a new Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Race Relations Commissioner and Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner.

Local government leadership is crucial to turn around New Zealand’s approach to waste, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says.

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The Productivity Commission will hold an inquiry into Local Government funding and financing, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today.

The Hon Nanaia Mahuta Minister of Māori Development says it’s great that artist and academic, Professor Ahorangi Derek Lardelli has been awarded the supreme award at the third Matariki Awards. 

The Government is reaffirming its commitment to Auckland-based institute of technology Unitec, with the proposal to appoint a Commissioner, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Projects using innovative and engaging ways of teaching such as combining performing arts and co-teaching strategies received Government funding to get started, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

The Government will transform Mangere with an ambitious programme to build 10,000 new homes for families from all walks of life, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has announced.

New information confirms work is needed to ensure there are good standards and clear information for consumers about biodegradable and compostable plastics, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says.

Two new policing initiatives are being launched in Auckland with the objective of preventing crime, improving community safety, and reducing reoffending.

Acting Prime Minister, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has announced a Provincial Growth Fund investment to help develop hydrogen fuel infrastructure in Taranaki. 

Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau is pleased to be in Taranaki today to announce $600,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund to support the Taranaki region to diversify its economy.

An industry forum for business, government and community agencies aims to ensure vulnerable consumers who need to borrow can do so safely, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi announced today.

The Minister for Climate Change strongly welcomes the commitment by the new Climate Leaders Coalition of 60 businesses to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions and leading the way to the low-carbon economy.

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has announced the appointment of three new members of the board of Housing New Zealand (HNZ), including the first state house tenant to be on its board since the corporation was created in 2001.

Justice Minister Andrew Little has revealed the first steps in fixing our broken criminal justice system, so we can make communities safer.

Farmers, brokers, scientists, fashion designers and familiar company brands meet in Wellington next week to thread together a stronger future for wool.

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins is travelling to China at the weekend for a four-day visit that includes meeting his counterpart Minister Chen Baosheng in Beijing.

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The national conversation to develop a vision for the future of education, and on making changes to education, is proving ‘hugely popular’ with teachers, principals, parents, young people, and communities, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran has revealed a new $6 million Innovation Fund to drive more public media content for under-served audiences such as Maori and Pacific Peoples, children and regional New Zealand.

Having climbed the 1349 steps on the Hākarimata walkway outside Ngaruawahia, the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta says she is delighted to welcome a new digital app that promotes the history and the healthy value of the track.

The country has been hit with a series of cold snaps this winter but low-income homeowners can now warm up with grants covering two thirds of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says.