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  • Clutha Upper Waitaki lines project put on the fast track
    A project to boost New Zealand’s drive to be 100 per cent renewable in electricity, improve the national electricity grid’s resilience and provide valuable jobs in Central Otago has been approved for fast-track consideration of their application. Environment Minister David Parker announced today that Transpower’s Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project ...
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    1 week ago
  • 10 September meeting of five Finance Ministers
    Finance Minister Hon Grant Robertson today hosted a call with his counterparts from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. “We shared experiences of using monetary and fiscal policy in our respective countries, as part of our Governments’ economic responses to COVID-19. All nations have undertaken significant fiscal ...
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    1 week ago
  • Appointment of Associate Judge of the High Court
    Auckland barrister and solicitor Rachel Julienne Sussock has been appointed an Associate Judge of the High Court,  Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Associate Judge Sussock has been a Litigation Partner at Lowndes Jordan in Auckland specialising in commercial dispute resolution and acting for corporates and private clients across all sectors, ...
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  • Boosting regional tourism recovery through events
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has today announced further details of how the $50 million Regional Events Fund will be allocated, confirming that regions will take the charge on driving domestic tourism, as part of the Government’s tourism recovery plan and support for jobs. “One of the ways we are supporting ...
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  • Government allows children in limbo to enrol at local schools
    School-age children from overseas who are unable to leave New Zealand due to COVID-19 will be allowed to go to local schools as temporary domestic students for the rest of 2020, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The children are between five to 18 years old and have been unable ...
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  • New border exception for normally resident work visa holders
    The Government is creating a new border exception category to enable the return of some temporary work visa holders who are overseas and have strong, ongoing links to New Zealand. The Minister of Immigration, Kris Faafoi, has announced that visa holders, who must have retained their job or business in ...
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  • Border changes to help reunite New Zealanders with their loved ones
    The Government is making changes to current border exception rules to allow some partners of New Zealand citizens and residents to be able to reunite in New Zealand. “Many people living overseas, who are partners of New Zealand citizens and residents, are not covered by our current travel exceptions,” Immigration ...
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  • Extra funding for Customs to further protect maritime border
    The Government is providing a funding boost to Customs to employ more staff to expand border surveillance, further strengthening the Government’s defence against Covid-19, Customs Minister Jenny Salesa announced today. “Cabinet has agreed to a $50 million funding boost for the New Zealand Customs Service to further support its 24/7 ...
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  • Changes provide certainty for offshore resident visa holders
    The Government is making changes to help new residents stuck offshore keep their residency status while COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place. “The Government understands the uncertainty that COVID-19 has had on a number of visa holders, particularly individuals overseas who have not been able to travel to New Zealand ...
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  • New relationships and sexuality education guidelines for schools
    Two new sets of guidelines are being provided to schools to strengthen the teaching around relationships, health and sexuality, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. “The new guidelines will ensure that the teaching of relationships and sexuality education in our schools, will no longer be left to chance, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tighter trade restrictions to support endangered species survival in the wild
    The Government has agreed to change the law to help protect more than 35,000 internationally endangered species where unsustainable trade threatens their survival in the wild, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “The changes will be made by amending the Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989 to ban the ...
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  • Further temporary changes to NCEA for Auckland students
    Additional support, including the option of summer school, is being put in place for senior secondary school students whose learning has been disrupted by the re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “This has been an unsettling year for many New Zealanders, but I know ...
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  • Help to get Kiwi travellers’ cash back
    New Zealanders who have money locked up offshore due to cancelled travel plans as a result of COVID-19 will benefit from a new Government scheme to support the recovery of refunds and credits from overseas travels suppliers.   “We know the travel sector and their customers have taken a massive ...
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  • Wilding pine control efforts ramp up
    A nationwide plan to tackle more than 800,000 hectares of wilding pine infestations over the next year will generate up to 550 new jobs and help prevent future wild fires, say Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare. “We're ramping up our wilding control activity in areas ...
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  • Jobs for Nature to expand Predator Free Wellington
    Predator Free Wellington is expected to be achieved much more quickly, thanks to a major funding boost announced today by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage. “This $7.6 million investment, as part of the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme, is expected to create 42 new jobs and will enable native plants and wildlife ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Stephen McKernan takes key role in health reforms
    Former Director General of Health Stephen McKernan has been appointed to a key leadership role in the Government’s response to the Health and Disability System Review, Minister of Health Chris Hipkins says. “The Government has committed to a long-term programme of reform to build stronger public health and disability services ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Foreign Minister marks passing of Dr Joe Williams
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has noted with sadness the passing of Dr Joe Williams due to COVID-19. “Dr Williams, a former Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, contributed very significantly to his two home countries through a lifetime of service,” Mr Peters said. “As a doctor, a health researcher ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Mackenzie drylands protection takes step forward
    The legal protection of 11,800 hectares of land as new conservation land is a step towards protecting the fragile drylands of Te Manahuna/the Mackenzie Basin, the Minister of Conservation and Land Information Eugenie Sage announced today.   “The new conservation land will come under the korowai or cloak of Tū Te ...
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  • Short term relief for visitors and temporary migrants facing travel restrictions
    The Government is making short-term, practical changes to visa settings to help visitors and other temporary migrants remain in New Zealand lawfully while they arrange travel home, says Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi. The changes are: Automatically extending current onshore visitor visas that are due to expire before the end of ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • More community providers funded for fight against meth harm
    More programmes have been funded through the Provincial Growth Fund to reduce the damage methamphetamine use is causing in regional New Zealand, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “Today, I am announcing $6.7 million will go to nine programmes around the country to address the terrible toll meth is ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tonga Language Week theme underpins Pacific Wellbeing approach to economic recovery and rebuild
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the 2020 Tonga Language Week theme of “Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa aki ‘a e Lotu Mo’oni”, which in English means “Enriching Aotearoa New Zealand through prayer and faith” is the theme the Tongan community will use to underpin their COVID-19 response towards ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Fairer system for Defence long service awards
    Defence Minister Ron Mark has welcomed the news that Her Majesty The Queen has approved a range of changes to the New Zealand Defence Force long service awards system. “A fairer system has been developed to recognise the vital contribution Regular Force and Reserve Force military personnel make by serving ...
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  • PGF investment in regional education and skills training
    Up to 1800 people will have access to alternative pathways to work through a Government investment of $12.2 million in regional education and skills training, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. “The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a blow to New Zealand’s economy, with the effects being felt hard ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Cameras rolled out further across fishing fleet
    New government support will enable on-board cameras to be rolled out further across the inshore fishing fleet. “Wider use of on-board cameras will enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a producer of premium, sustainable, and trusted seafood,” said Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash. “The Coalition Government has agreed to make funding available ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Backcountry huts to be restored with Jobs for Nature
    Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced a $2 million expansion of the Backcountry Trust’s programme to repair and maintain huts, tracks and bridges in some of New Zealand’s more remote places as part of the Government’s $1.3 billion Jobs for Nature programme.   The Backcountry Trust has a long-term partnership with ...
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  • Government funding boost for the Cancer Society
    The Government has provided the Cancer Society of New Zealand with a one-off boost of up to $650,000 to continue delivering its highly valued driving and accommodation services at increased COVID-19 Alert Levels. "The Cancer Society plays a pivotal role in supporting people living with cancer in New Zealand," Minister of ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $20 Million Boost for Golden Bay’s Port Tarakohe redevelopment
    The Government has announced an investment of up to $20 million to redevelop Golden Bay’s Port Tarakohe. The investment was announced today by the Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and will assist with the cost of the port’s redevelopment, along with additional funding from the Tasman District Council and industry. ...
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  • New research affirms whānau-centred approach to primary health care
    New research released today confirms using whānau-centred approaches in primary health care services is key to achieving better health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori and Pacific whānau. This aligns with the recommendations of the Health and Disability System Review. The independent report by Moana Research, Ihi Research and FEM Limited ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Safety improvements start on key route into Rotorua
    “It’s fantastic to have shovels in the ground to upgrade the SH5/SH36 roundabout and the get work underway on the first section of the SH5 Tarukenga to Ngongotahā safety improvements this week,” said Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter, while visiting the site earlier today. “These safety improvements will ...
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  • Food & Fibre CoVE a commitment to primary sector success
    The announcement today by the Education Minister of the first Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) for the primary sector is another sign of the Government’s commitment to our farmers and growers, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “This Government believes in our primary sector. It’s the engine room of our economy ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Construction CoVE to take on big issues
    The consortium chosen to lead the Construction and Infrastructure Centre of Vocational Excellence will be paving the way for a stronger, more resilient construction sector, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “CoVEs will play an important role in the new vocational education system - driving innovation and excellence ...
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  • Construction and agriculture courses booming as government COVID support measures ramp up
    ·         Enrolments in provider-based trades training increased as much as 59 percent in Semester 2 ·         Number of primary sector and construction apprentices more than doubled ·         New training partnerships launched with agriculture and construction industries Record numbers of people are taking up free courses and strong signs are emerging ...
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  • Prime Minister responds to child wellbeing report
    A UNICEF report reflecting poor rates of child wellbeing in New Zealand between 2013 and 2018 underscores the Government’s work to break the cycle of child poverty. “The report itself acknowledges in many cases data was missing or was several years old, largely painting a picture of the previous Government’s ...
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  • Details of tourism loan scheme to protect jobs and businesses
    Twenty six Inbound Tour Operators (ITOs) have been approved for a $20 million loan scheme as part of the Government’s tourism recovery plan and support for businesses, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. “ITOs will play an important role in helping to rebuild visitation once borders re-open, by linking overseas ...
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  • March 15 offender designated as terrorist entity
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the offender responsible for the Christchurch terror attack on 15 March 2019 has been designated as a terrorist entity. “Designating the offender is an important demonstration of New Zealand’s condemnation of terrorism and violent extremism in all forms,” Jacinda Ardern said. A designation under ...
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  • $8.5m for Ruapekapeka PGF projects
    The Government will invest $8.5 million to restore a historic reserve at Ruapekapeka Pā in the Far North and seal 4.7km of road between State Highway 1 and the pā, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Te Ruapekapeka Pā is a site of national historical importance, particularly to ...
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  • Keep it Real Online – Phase 2
    The ‘Keep it Real’ online safety campaign enters its second phase today with young people being prompted to help keep themselves safe, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. “We’ve spoken to parents about the online harms children face and now we want to reach young people directly,” the Minister ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Government response to the EQC Inquiry released
    EQC’s operations and legislation will change in response to the Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission, undertaken by Dame Silvia Cartwright. Grant Robertson says the Government is adamant no other community should live through botched repairs and years of trauma and uncertainty following a significant natural disaster. “This week marks 10 ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Further tsunami detection buoys deployed
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare welcome the deployment of five more DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “We are pleased to deliver a lifesaving line of defence, built from the most advanced DART buoy tsunami detection technology available, to keep New Zealanders ...
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  • East Cape whānau develop affordable housing solution
    New relocatable cabins will help move Raukokore whānau into kāinga and connect them to their ancestral whenua, says Associate Minister of Housing (Māori), Nanaia Mahuta. The Minister officially opened 10 relocatable cabins in Raukokore on the East Cape this morning. A further 18 relocatable cabins will be placed on the ...
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