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  • Veterans Support Amendment Bill No 2 passes third reading
    The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill (No 2) passed its third reading today and will become law, announced Minister for Veterans Ron Mark.  This amends the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 in response to recommendations from the 2018 review of the operation of the Act by Professor Ron Paterson.  “Veterans have been ...
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  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Minister for Racing Winston Peters says race courses can improve safety with this year’s first round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. The Racing Safety Development Fund makes available $990,000 for distribution over two funding rounds for the 2020/21 financial year. “The racing industry is integral to the ...
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  • Boost to agri-education with reopening of Taratahi
    The Government’s commitment to increase primary sector jobs and opportunities has been further boosted today with the re-opening of the Taratahi Agriculture Centre, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The Wairarapa-based training centre is reopening its doors after two years to deliver industry taster and familiarisation courses, to help workers displaced ...
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  • Acknowledging ethnic community response during COVID-19
    New Zealanders are being invited to help recognise the work of the many “unsung heroes” in our ethnic communities during COVID-19. “Aotearoa New Zealand is home to 920,000 people who identify their ethnicity as Middle Eastern, Latin American, African, Asian, and Continental European. During the extraordinary time of the COVID-19 ...
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  • Government to subsidise arbitration and mediation to resolve commercial rent disputes
    The Government is allocating $40 million to assist with the cost of mediation and arbitration for New Zealand businesses and landlords to resolve issues about adjusting rent as they face the economic impacts of COVID-19, Justice Minister Andrew Little said. The Government had previously announced funding to improve access to ...
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  • Roadside drug driver testing Bill introduced
    The Government has announced details of a planned new law to give Police the power to conduct random roadside drug testing of drivers, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter and Minister of Police Stuart Nash announced today. The Land Transport (Drug Driving) Amendment Bill was introduced to the house today ...
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  • Boost to upgrade state housing to be warmer, drier, healthier homes
    More warmer, drier homes and a big building boost for regional centres across New Zealand are two of the major benefits from a $500 million investment in the upgrade and renewal of state homes. Associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi has confirmed the multi-million dollar expansion of the Kāinga Ora – ...
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  • Makeover for iconic waterfront destination
    The Government will provide $8 million towards the revitalisation of the Paihia waterfront in the iconic Bay of Islands, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Bay of Islands is the cornerstone of Northland tourism and Paihia the hub for maritime-based tourism and recreation in the area. “Weather and economic ...
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  • Dates confirmed for Christchurch Hospital Hagley move
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins welcomes confirmation of Canterbury DHB’s move into state-of-the-art Christchurch Hospital Hagley building which will serve the community well for decades to come.  The Ministry of Health is on track to hand over the facility on 10 August 2020. Sterile Services is due to be operational on ...
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  • New Zealand and Indonesia build ties in uncertain world
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, discussed navigating an uncertain world during the countries’ Joint Ministerial Commission today. “New Zealand is reinforcing its international partnerships as we seek to recover from COVID-19 and our engagement with regional leaders like Indonesia is more important than ever,” Mr ...
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  • Government supports Pacific-led solutions with STEM and Community COVID-19 Fund
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the availability of funding support for targeted Pacific-led solutions demonstrates the Government’s commitment to invest in  Pacific people designing, leading and driving the recovery and rebuild of Pacific communities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pacific communities can now apply for ...
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  • Government to regulate environmentally harmful plastic packaging, tyres, e-waste
    The Government is stepping up action to deal with environmentally harmful products – including plastic packaging, tyres and e-waste – before they become waste.   As part of the wider plan to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in landfills, Associate Environment Minister, Eugenie Sage, today announced six products ...
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  • Shovel-ready investment in the Defence Force’s South Island estate
    A funding boost of $3.9 million from the $3 billion tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure has been allocated to the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) Southern Region Maintenance programme, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced. The programme was identified through the Infrastructure Reference Group and will ...
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  • Legislation for managed isolation payments
    Legislation to allow the Government to recover some of the costs for managed isolation and quarantine will be introduced to Parliament today, said Minister of Housing Megan Woods. “The Bill will allow the government to charge for managed isolation and quarantine facilities. We have carefully considered how to design a ...
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  • First regional apprenticeships schemes approved
    The first five apprenticeship schemes under the Regional Apprenticeship Initiative (RAI) have been approved, opening up 300 apprenticeships, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today. “In mid-June I announced reprioritised funding of $40 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to support regional apprenticeships because of the impact COVID-19 was ...
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  • Government removes another punitive child policy from welfare system to put children first
    The Government has taken further steps to put children first as part of its welfare overhaul, by starting work to remove the subsequent child policy from the Social Security Act 2018, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The subsequent child policy was introduced in 2012, and places obligations ...
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  • Next stage of infrastructure works at Auckland City Hospital underway
    The next stage of work at Auckland City Hospital has started – to replace 50-year-old infrastructure and ensure the delivery of high quality care, Health Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. Chris Hipkins visited the hospital to confirm the release of an additional $262 million for the second stage of core ...
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  • New direction for resource management system
    The Government has welcomed the most comprehensive review of New Zealand’s resource management system since the Resource Management Act (RMA) was passed in 1991. The report, New Directions for Resource Management in New Zealand, was commissioned by Environment Minister David Parker and prepared by an independent review panel led by ...
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  • Work underway on newest piece of Hutt’s cycle network
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter joined Hutt City Mayor Campbell Barry, mana whenua, and members of the community to turn the first sod on the Beltway Cycleway in Lower Hutt earlier today. “The Beltway is the latest part of massive growth in the Hutt’s cycling and walking network ...
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  • Waltham investment key to the future of South Island rail
    The Government is investing $39 million to build a new rail maintenance facility in Christchurch which will support hundreds of construction jobs and ensure a strong future for South Island rail, State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The funding comes from the Government’s $3 ...
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  • New water services bill for safe drinking water
    The Government has today introduced legislation to Parliament that will transform drinking water safety in New Zealand and improve environmental outcomes for our wastewater and stormwater networks.  “Last week, we passed the Taumata Arowai - the Water Services Regulator Act forming the new water regulator and today we have introduced ...
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  • Reserve Bank reform to improve governance and accountability
    The Government is taking further steps to strengthen New Zealand’s financial system through reforms to the Reserve Bank Act to improve the Bank’s governance and accountability, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. New Reserve Bank Act legislation was tabled in Parliament today as part of the Review of the Act carried ...
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  • Biggest cash-injection for Family Planning in a decade
    “Today I am pleased to announce funding to  help Family Planning New Zealand address long wait times, and help hire more staff in their call centres and clinics, so that New Zealanders can get the sexual health information and clinical services they need,” Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter ...
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  • New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
    The New Zealand Government has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China’s decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. “China’s passage of its new national security legislation has eroded rule-of-law ...
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  • New Declarations of Qualifying Operational Service
    This week 11 further declarations of operational service have been made, announced Minister for Veterans Ron Mark. “This means that those who took part in these deployments will now qualify for support and services from Veterans’ Affairs,” said Ron Mark. “These changes will be welcomed by our veterans and I’m ...
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  • New Algorithm Charter a world-first
    This Government has today become the first in the world to outline a set of standards to guide the use of algorithms by public agencies. The Minister for Statistics, James Shaw, today launched the Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand to give New Zealanders confidence that data is being used ...
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  • Combating debt in the wake of COVID-19
    Additional funding is being made available to strengthen existing debt solution services with access to debt specialists, and develop a national approach to address problem debt Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs Hon Kris Faafoi announced today. “Given the economic impact of COVID-19, ...
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  • Supporting tourism in our regions
    More than $20 million has been approved for New Zealand’s 31 Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) to support the industry’s recovery in the short and long term, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. “Our country’s 31 RTOs do a great job contributing to their regional economies and play an important role ...
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  • Banking sector first to be Living Wage Accredited
    The banking sector has become New Zealand’s first Living Wage Accredited industry, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Andrew Little says.  “I am pleased to see that workers and contractors in the banking sector will be paid at least the Living Wage. The banking sector is vital to the New Zealand ...
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  • COVID-19: Stabilising international education as the sector rebuilds
    The Government has released a long-term strategic recovery plan, backed by $51.6 million investment from the COVID recovery and response fund to help stabilise New Zealand’s international education sector. “The Government is acutely aware of the challenges the sector is currently facing,” Chris Hipkins said. “We are sensitive to the impact the unexpected ...
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  • Stronger enforcement and protection for migrant workers
      Temporary migrant workers will be better protected by sweeping changes to prevent exploitation and improve enforcement, say Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, Minister for Workplace Relations Andrew Little, and Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi.   Changes will help prevent migrant exploitation, protect migrants, and enforce the law.   “As set ...
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  • Much-needed investment for Far North communities and infrastructure
    The Government is providing funding of more than $14 million for community and infrastructure projects in the Far North to help create jobs and boost the regional economy, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. A total of $10.8 million will go towards shovel-ready projects, including an exciting development involving Far ...
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  • RSA to receive funding from Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund
    The Coalition Government has approved a one off grant of $2.53 million to be made to the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA), announced Minister for Veterans Ron Mark.   “This grant will further support valuable frontline services that New Zealanders rely on. The funding is crucial to ...
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  • Primary sector jobs for kiwis gets a boost
    A new campaign launched today will attract people to vital food and fibre sector jobs, says Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor. Mr O’Connor today launched Opportunity Grows Here – a website and marketing campaign funded through Budget 2020 - to attract 10,000 New Zealanders into food and fibre jobs over four ...
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  • Olympic pool at Hawke’s Bay Aquatic Centre
    An Olympic-sized pool will be the centrepiece of a regional aquatic centre in Hawke’s Bay which has won government support through a new infrastructure fund. Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash say up to $32 million has been approved in principle for the project, ...
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  • 100% renewable electricity grid explored with pumped storage ‘battery’
    The Government is taking a significant step toward its goal for 100% renewable electricity generation in a move that could be a game changer for consumers and the creation of a low-emissions economy, Energy & Resources Minister Megan Woods said. The Government is investigating options to ‘green the grid’ as ...
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  • Boost for Mangawhai and Kaiwaka community infrastructure
    The Government is investing $3 million into community infrastructure in Mangawhai and Kaiwaka, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Three projects in the Kaipara region have been funded to improve much-needed infrastructure in these growing communities north of Auckland. They will also provide jobs and training opportunities,” Shane Jones said. ...
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  • Fighting meth harm in the regions
    The Government is investing $20 million in regional programmes to reduce the damage methamphetamine use is causing to whānau, businesses, their communities and economies. “Meth use is killing regional New Zealand. Community and industry leaders have told us of the deep and widespread impact it is having,” Regional Economic Development ...
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  • Hanmer Springs gets funding boost
    Hanmer Springs will benefit from a Government investment of $3.1 million to support its domestic tourism market, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “While COVID-19 has had an impact on international tourist numbers, we want to support Hanmer Springs to continue to be a top family friendly ...
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  • Supporting more families into home ownership
    More New Zealanders will be helped into home ownership with today’s launch of the Government’s Progressive Home Ownership scheme, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. “Under-investment in housing and infrastructure in the past has made the aspiration of home ownership impossible for too many families,” Megan Woods said. “I’m delighted the ...
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