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  • Connecting rangatahi to the soil
    A Jobs for Nature project to raise 480,000 native plants in nurseries across South Auckland will provide work for communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, Acting Conservation Minister Ayesha Verrall says. The Mana in Kaimahi project is being run by Te Whāngai Trust Board and will establish ...
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  • Roll out of high-resolution elevation mapping begins
    The first tranche of mapping data from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)-LiDAR project is now available to the public from Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand. LiDAR data, which creates 3D baseline elevation information, will deliver multiple uses over the coming decades to councils and regional industries. “This mapping ...
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  • Champions of Pacific education rewarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours
    Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours list show that across Aotearoa New Zealand there were many champions of Pacific education. “Education is so vital to the success of Pacific people that it’s truly fitting that a number of educators have been honoured this ...
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  • PM congratulates Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added her congratulations to the New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to their communities and the country in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List. “This group represents decades of services across many areas, and those honoured highlight how many New Zealanders are going above and ...
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  • Change of status for Rangiriri kura
    A change of status for Te Kura o Rangiriri sees it become a designated character school within the Māori-medium network, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced today. “This kura has been providing Māori immersion learning since 2003 in the historic town of Rangiriri, so I’m delighted that it is ...
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  • APEC trade ministers’ unite on COVID-19 vaccine steps and rejuvenating the WTO
    APEC trade ministers today committed to speeding up the cross-border flow of vaccines and related goods to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This followed the completion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting chaired by Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor early this morning. “As we face the ...
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  • Further consultation for Melville schools
    Formal consultation is set to begin on specific options for the future of schooling in South West Hamilton, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Recent engagement has shown that the schools and community want a change to Year 7-13 schooling for the area.  “I am now asking the Boards of Melville ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Primary schoolkids dig trees for Arbor Day
    A new Arbor Day initiative announced by Forestry Minister Stuart Nash will see thousands of primary school children get the chance to plant native trees in their communities. The initiative is open to more than 2,400 primary schools. It is a partnership between Te Uru Rākau/NZ Forest Service and the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • NZ Upgrade Programme kept on track
    The Government is increasing its investment in the New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP) to support New Zealand’s economic recovery. Over two thirds of the projects will proceed as announced despite increased costs due to COVID, with modifications being made to others. “NZUP is already supporting over 1,000 jobs with 13 ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Northern Pathway gets green light
    The Government is committed to the Northern Pathway with its preferred option being a separate structure for walking and cycling alongside the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Geotechnical investigations and testing has determined that building a structure connected to the Auckland Harbour Bridge is not possible ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to continue, planning underway for managed return flights
    Following the Victorian Government’s decision to extend their lockdown restrictions,  New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will also be extended for a further six days, with a further review due on Wednesday 9 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. I acknowledge this extension will cause further inconvenience ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Housing supply to be sped up in major changes to New Zealand’s building laws
    New building laws passed today will support housing supply and affordability, improve trust and confidence in the building sector and support the use of new, innovative and efficient building methods, Building and Construction Minister Poto Williams announced today. The changes passed in Parliament today are the first phase of a ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to Conference of Federation of Commercial Fishermen
    Kia ora koutou, I would like to begin by extending Minister Parker’s apologies for not being able to be here today. The Minister has asked me to speak to you today on his behalf. I am very excited to have the opportunity to meet with you all and talk ...
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  • Speech to The New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen
    NB: Speech delivered on behalf of Minister David Parker by Under-Secretary Rino Tirikatene. Kia ora koutou, I would like to begin by extending Minister Parker’s apologies for not being able to be here today. The Minister has asked me to speak to you  on his behalf.  I am very excited ...
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  • Innovative financing and construction methods deliver 68 new Auckland homes
    68 new homes (46 in Flatbush, 22 in Westgate) Use of offsite manufactured, energy efficient panels Use of ’impact investment’ to generate positive social impact alongside  financial return Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Minister of Housing Megan Woods have today opened two new Salvation Army developments at Westgate and Flatbush, delivering 68 ...
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  • Professor Dame Juliet Gerrard reappointed as Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
    Professor Dame Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ has been reappointed as the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. Professor Gerrard was initially appointed for a three-year term beginning 1 July 2018. She has now been appointed for a further three years to 30 June 2024. Jacinda Ardern ...
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  • Crown accounts reflect Govt focus on securing recovery
    The Government’s ongoing support to secure the economic recovery continues to be reflected in the Crown’s financial accounts. The Crown accounts for the ten months to the end of April 2021 show both the operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) and the operating balance are better than forecast in ...
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  • Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership between the Government of New Zealand and the Government ...
    On the occasion of the virtual Summit, on June 2 2021, between H.E. Ms. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, and H.E. Mr. Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain. New Zealand and the Kingdom of Spain: Welcoming the existing strong links between the two ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Reports prove case for urgent water infrastructure reform
    Urgent reform needed to save households from ballooning water bills Reforms estimated to deliver a $14b-$23billion increase in GDP Supports the creation of 5900 to 9300 additional new jobs New analysis of New Zealand’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure provides New Zealanders with a clear picture of the ...
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  • New Zealand welcomes start of UK CPTPP accession process
    New Zealand has joined other members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in agreeing to start the process towards the UK becoming a member of the Agreement, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. A special CPTPP Commission meeting, chaired by Japan, was held virtually ...
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  • Protecting the whitebait fishery for future generations
    Changes to whitebaiting regulations will improve the sustainability of threatened species, while ensuring that Kiwis can continue the tradition of catching a feed in their local river into the future, Acting Conservation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall says. “Whitebait are a valuable part of the indigenous biodiversity of Aotearoa, and are ...
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  • Budget 2021 invests to reduce reoffending
    Funding for an additional 12 Te Pae Oranga (Iwi Community Panels). Including nine new Rangatahi (youth) panels Funding for approximately 35 full time equivalent positions within Police The Government is delivering on its commitment to reduce reoffending and keep our communities safer with a significant investment in Te Pae Oranga ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Working together for disarmament
    Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, 1 June Thank you for joining me here this evening for what is part of an ongoing conversation about New Zealand’s work on disarmament, and how that intersects with New Zealand’s broader approach to peace and security, and to our foreign policy. Tonight I ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Trade Minister to lead first virtual trade mission to Japan
    Trade Minister Damien O’Connor will lead an innovative ‘virtual’ trade mission to Japan this week to promote New Zealand’s valued relationship with one of its largest trading partners. He will be joined on Friday 4 June by business leaders from New Zealand’s premium food and beverage, health technology, consumer tech, ...
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  • Adverse event declared for Canterbury region, unlocking support for farmers
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has declared an adverse event for the Canterbury region, unlocking Government support for farmers and growers. “My decision to classify this as a medium-scale adverse event ensures funding of $500,000 for flood recovery measures,” Damien O’Connor said. “The funding will help speed up the recovery of farming ...
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  • New Zealand’s contribution to Operation GALLANT PHOENIX extended
    Minister of Defence Peeni Henare, and Minister of Police Poto Williams have confirmed New Zealand’s ongoing contribution to the Operation Gallant Phoenix intelligence mission in Jordan. Cabinet has extended the mandate for New Zealand’s multi agency deployment for two years until June 2023, the number of deployed personnel remains fewer ...
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  • Children’s Commissioner’s term extended to 31 October
    The Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, has agreed to remain in office for an extra four months while his successor is found, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni said today. Judge Becroft will have spent five years in the role as of 30 June 2021. This is the standard ...
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  • Space exploration soars with Artemis Accords
    New Zealand has joined an international arrangement to co-operate with NASA on peaceful exploration and activity in outer space. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash announced the government has agreed to join the Artemis Accords, launched by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and now ...
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  • Joint environmental and aerospace project to ‘lift off’ on the Kaitōrete Spit
    Exemplar Māori-Crown partnership Protecting cultural and environmental interests Up to $300m in annual benefits (by year 10) Plans to develop aerospace R&D facilities, including space launch An exciting multi-pronged aerospace project is coming to Kaitōrete Spit - a 25km stretch of land on the Canterbury coast. It’s thanks to a ...
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  • OECD report card shows NZ a strong performer
    The OECD’s latest review of the New Zealand economy shows growth picking up due to the Government’s ongoing support to secure the recovery from the effects of COVID-19. “The OECD Economic Outlook notes New Zealand is expected to be one of the stronger performers in the OECD, with a robust ...
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  • Joint statement: Prime Ministers Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison
    Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP met in Queenstown on 31 May 2021 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting. The Australia-New Zealand relationship is unique in its closeness; we are partners and allies, and we share a relationship of family, of whānau. ...
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  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Richard Prendergast as Ambassador to Brazil Felicity Roxburgh as Consul-General to New Caledonia Barney Riley as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mr Prendergast is a career diplomat, has held postings in the United States and Malaysia, ...
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  • Housing First Pūrākau share experiences of homelessness
    Pūrākau reports highlight Housing First programme journeys Sharing the kōrero of those who have experienced homelessness Learnings will help develop and improve services Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness) Marama Davidson has welcomed the release of two pūrākau reports telling the diverse and real life stories of whānau supported by Housing ...
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  • Gagana Samoa is a foundation of Pacific wellbeing
    Today’s launch of Samoa Language Week highlights the importance of language in providing a foundation for Pacific wellbeing, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.   “Languages are essential to having confidence in our Pacific identities. They are the lens through which we understand ourselves and the world around ...
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  • Digital Literacy Training for Seniors wins international award
    Work to break down digital barriers faced by older New Zealanders, has received international recognition. The Office for Seniors Digital Literacy Training for Seniors programme has won the education category in the 2021 IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards, which are in their seventh year. Winners are decided through a ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Government speeds up stewardship land reclassification
    The Government is accelerating the reclassification of stewardship land to ensure land with high conservation value is protected for future generations to enjoy, Acting Conservation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “It’s vital that land with high conservation value is classified correctly to ensure it is protected for its natural ...
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  • Pre-departure testing introduced for some travellers from Australia
    The Government is introducing pre-departure testing as an additional precautionary step for anyone who was in Victoria in the days leading up to the Victoria travel bubble pause, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says.  This means people flying to New Zealand from Australia must return a negative COVID-19 test within ...
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  • Major step in restoration of Lake Horowhenua
    A major milestone in restoring the health of Lake Horowhenua has been reached, with agreement to buy land to construct a nationally significant wetland. “The land, currently used as a dairy farm, will be converted into a large wetland and indigenous vegetation area, with huge benefits for the water quality ...
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  • Victoria travel bubble pause extended; all recent visitors from Melbourne to be tested
    The pause in New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria will be extended until 7.59pm on Friday 4 June after today’s announcement in Melbourne of a growing number of cases, more exposure events and the high risk nature of some of these events, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. Victoria ...
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  • Govt welcomes Tiwai clean up undertakings
    The Government has today welcomed confirmation of waste remediation actions from Tiwai smelter owner Rio Tinto, including the removal of aluminium dross in Southland to the Tiwai site and paying the costs of doing so. That also involves taking on the $4 million in funding commitments of the Government, councils ...
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