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  • Increased support for midwives
    New measures to help bolster the midwifery workforce as they care for the next generation of New Zealanders, have been announced today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “New Zealand’s midwives are committed to the wellbeing of women and whānau, but they’re facing significant challenges. The DHB midwifery ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister's Speech to NZIIA Annual Conference
    Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, ata mārie, tēnā koutou katoa. It’s a great pleasure to attend an event on such an important topic as New Zealand’s future in the Indo-Pacific region. Thank you to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs for bringing this hui together. I am encouraged to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New national cancer treatment service opens
    A new national cancer treatment service will see patients who used to travel to Australia treated in Auckland, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today.  Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy, or PRRT, can help manage symptoms of metastatic neuroendocrine cancer and increase and improve life for people who have it.  The treatment ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Army facility to boost Manawatū-Whanganui region
    The Minister of Defence, Peeni Henare, has announced the Government will invest $47 million into a large new engineering facility at Linton Army Camp, to replace existing workshops.   The New Zealand Army maintenance facility, to be built in the Manawatū-Whanganui region, will be used to maintain and upgrade specialist ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the trans-Tasman Business Circle: The Road Ahead for the New Zealand Economy
    Thank you for the invitation to speak today. It is fitting to be addressing the Trans-Tasman Business Circle on the road ahead for the New Zealand economy. More than ever the relationship with Australia encompasses some of our most important connections; economically, socially and politically. It is with Australia that ...
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  • Government commits to change for Well Child Tamariki Ora
    The Government is promising significant change to a programme which supports the health, development and wellbeing of all tamariki from birth until five years old. “For more than 100 years there has been some form of health screening surveillance of children, and support available to whānau. But that programme has ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Eastern Porirua first to reap the benefit of the Government’s Housing Acceleration Fund
    First drawdown of new Housing Acceleration Fund: Eastern Porirua investment of $136 million to unlock capacity for extra 2000 homes Replacement of water infrastructure to service existing and future homes and address long-term degradation of the harbour, Te Awarua o Porirua Up to 250 jobs created Government investment in sewerage, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Govt makes COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for more border jobs
    The Government is further strengthening the border against COVID-19 by making it mandatory for more of the workforce to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “To prevent the virus getting into our communities, we must continue to strengthen our border by protecting the people who work there,” ...
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  • PM to chair APEC Informal Leaders’ Retreat on COVID-19
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will chair a virtual meeting of APEC Leaders on July 16 focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects. “This is the first time in APEC’s history that Leaders have held an additional meeting at Leaders’ level, and it reflects our desire to navigate together ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Further action to improve diversity in the Public Sector
    Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan welcomes the first participants of the newly established graduate programme for ethnic communities, which begins today and will span across multiple public agencies. “New Zealand is growing in diversity. We have over 213 ethnicities represented across Aotearoa and we collectively speak ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand saddened by passing of former Niue Premier
    Tirohia ake ngā whetu  Me ko Matariki e ārau ana  Ko Matariki e aratakina te hunga pakeke ki te pō.   Ka horahia te Kupenga a Taramainuku.  E Kau ana a Matairangi ki runga i te ara Tohora, ki te Pakeho, Ki Niue.  Ki runga i ngā wai o te ...
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  • Language critical to Kiribati as it faces the challenge of Climate Change
    Kiribati is on the frontline of Climate Change and  language will keep its people rooted to their land and tradition in the coming crisis, said the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. “Our Pacific nations are the first to feel the impacts of climate change. Kiribati is home to ...
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  • Managed return flights from NSW on hold till Tuesday
    14 days in managed isolation at MIQ to be a temporary requirement for managed return travellers from the state  Rising case numbers in New South Wales and people there not isolating has changed public health advice and means flights back from NSW will not start from midnight tonight as was ...
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  • Deborah Hart appointed inaugural Chair of the Consumer Advocacy Council
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, Dr David Clark, has today announced the appointment of Deborah Hart as the inaugural Chair of the Consumer Advocacy Council. “Ms Hart has considerable experience in governance, and a particular skill for helping bring voices to the table where they are missing,” David Clark said. ...
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  • Government ‘keeps on trucking’ as it speeds up electrification of the heavy fleet
    A battery swapping station for electric trucks is among exciting new low emission transport projects getting government co-funding, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods has announced today. “So far, we only have a few dozen electric trucks on the road but innovations like battery swapping stations for E trucks ...
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  • Continuous improvement of our COVID-19 Response
    The Government welcomes the release of papers from the Independent Continuous Review, Improvement and Advice Group into the Auckland February cluster, COVID-19 Response minister Chris Hipkins said today. The group, led by Sir Brian Roche, includes businessman Rob Fyfe, Chief Advisor Pacific for the Ministry of Health Dr Debbie Ryan, ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Report celebrates 40 years of success for Maori-medium education
    The country’s first multimedia report on Māori-medium education was launched today by Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis in a moving ceremony with Māori leaders, kaiako, graduates and whānau at Parliament. The national research report Te Kura Huanui: The treasures of successful pathways, published in te reo Māori and English, includes ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Folic acid fortification to protect tamariki
    The Government is taking action to prevent spina bifida and similar conditions, with the approval of the addition of the B vitamin, folic acid, to non-organic bread-making wheat flour. “This is about protecting babies. Low folate levels in mothers cause neural tube defects that result in the death of babies, ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Govt laying tracks to support economic recovery
    The Government is fulfilling its commitment to bring New Zealand’s rail network back up to scratch and support the economic recovery, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. KiwiRail’s inaugural Rail Network Investment Programme (RNIP) was released today which details renewals and upgrades on the rail network over the next three ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Government achieves more ethnic diversity, more women on public sector boards
    The Government has achieved its target of 50 percent women on public sector boards and committees, Minister for Women Jan Tinetti, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, and Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. “Our success in hitting our target for 50% women on ...
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  • New leaders pick up the tools to help fix skills shortages
    The six new groups tasked with bringing together industry and vocational education providers now have both the tools and the leadership to get cracking, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Minister joined the 54 newly-appointed Workforce Development Council (WDC) members at a launch event in Wellington this evening. “The job ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • “It falls to us” – Principles for guiding the Emissions Reduction Plan
    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Ngā mihi o te ahiahi.Prin Good afternoon. Let me begin by thanking Stephen Bendall for the warm introduction, and ASB for hosting us. I also want to thank you all for being here. In the room we’ve got a wide range of businesses ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Speech to the ABAC Indigenous Business Leaders’ Dialogue
    ABAC Indigenous Business Leaders’ Dialogue    7 July 2021 Kei ngā tētēkura, nā koutou ngā ngaru whatiwhati wāhi, e eke ai tō tātau waka, nō reira ka mihi ake ra ki a koutou.  Koutou i hapai nei ngā uara, ngā mātāpono ngākaunui ki a ngāi tatou ngā iwi taketake, nei ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Second COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, COVID-19 Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “New Zealand secured 2 million doses of the Janssen vaccine through an advance purchase agreement last year. We purchased a portfolio of ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Speech to Launch Bula Sautu
    The Grand Hall Parliament Greetings Fakaalofa lahi atu, talofa lava, mālō e lelei, kia orana, taloha ni, ni sa bula vinaka, mauri, noa’ia, kia ora, tēnā koutou katoa. Warm Pacific greetings to you all. Acknowledgements I would like to acknowledge Doctors Debbie Ryan, Corina Grey and Api Talemaitoga who authored ...
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  • Speech at Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2021
    Tēnā koutou katoa, Fakatalofa atu, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orāna, Tālofa lava, Ni sa bula vinaka, Noa’ia, Mauri, and warm greetings to you all. I’d like to begin by acknowledging Richard Benge and his wonderful team at Arts Access Aotearoa, for organising this evening’s awards, ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Claims Settlement Bill passes first reading
    Nga uri o Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) witnessed the first reading of the Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Claims Settlement Bill today at Parliament, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little says. “Ngāti Maru is the final iwi in Taranaki to settle their historic Treaty of Waitangi claims. I want to acknowledge ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Support for schools to meet February 2021 regional lockdown costs
    Schools affected by the February 2021 regional Alert Level 3 restrictions will now be able to claim a reimbursement for unforeseen costs, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. A new support scheme is being set up to help relieve some of the cost pressures on schools from a local lockdown. “We’ve ...
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