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  • Major investment in Māori Health
    Largest commissioning investment to date from Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority boosts funding for Maori health providers $29.3 million for Te Pae Tata | interim New Zealand Health Plan priority areas $13.0 million for Māori primary and community providers $17.6 million for te ao Māori solutions, mātauranga ...
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  • Govt delivers connectivity for rural and remote households
    Some of New Zealand’s most remote communities will receive broadband for the first time thanks to a new Government-led initiative. The Remote Users Scheme will equip as many remote households as possible with the connectivity infrastructure needed to access broadband services, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government appoints investigator to work with Christchurch City Council to improve housing supply
    Associate Minister for the Environment, Phil Twyford has appointed an investigator under part 4 of the Resource Management Act, to work with Christchurch City Council on its housing intensification plan. “John Hardie is a skilled and experienced mediator with local knowledge of Christchurch City. The aim of the investigation is ...
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  • New Zealand records lowest smoking rate ever
    Statistics released today show New Zealand’s smoking rate has fallen to an historic low of 8% of adults smoking daily, down from 9.4% a year ago, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “The Government’s plan to reduce smoking is working. The number of people smoking fell by 56,000 ...
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  • Over 16,000 more new homes to be unlocked with infrastructure bonanza
    Approximately 16,600 new homes across New Zealand set to be unlocked by Government’s third tranche of the Infrastructure Acceleration Fund  New homes enabled in Hamilton, Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Kawakawa, Kaikohe, Westport, Upper Hutt, Waipukurau, Hokitika and Pahiatua Critical infrastructure projects will get Government support to unlock thousands more homes in ...
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  • New model to better support kids with the highest needs
    The Government is committed to designing a system that better supports our kids and young people with the highest needs, Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti announced today. The Highest Needs Review was launched in April 2021 and was completed recently, with 1100 submissions received. “Following the feedback from the ...
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  • Firearms Prohibition Orders now in force help to reduce gun harm
    New tools to reduce gun crime come into force today, Police Minister Chris Hipkins said. Firearms Prohibition Orders will improve public safety by stopping people whose behaviour and actions represent a high risk of violence from accessing firearms or restricted weapons. “Firearms Prohibition Orders are another measure that will help ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Deputy Public Service Commissioner appointed
    Minister for the Public Service Chris Hipkins has today announced the appointment of Ms Rebecca Kitteridge CVO as Deputy Public Service Commissioner. The Deputy Public Service Commissioner is appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, under the Public Service Act 2020. Subject to the control of ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Innovative projects to cut transport emissions and costs, get government co-funding
    The first marine project under the Low Emission Transport Fund is among 11 projects getting $2.14 million Eleven new transport projects including clever solutions for electric vehicle charging, ways to cut fuel costs in heavy freight, and the first marine project will get co-funding from the Government, Energy and Resources ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government buys land for affordable housing on major transport corridor in Wellington
    The Government’s plan to increase housing supply and affordability in Wellington in places with good access to public transport has moved another step forward following the acquisition of a 2,016m2 section of land on Adelaide Road in Mount Cook, as part of a Kāinga Ora urban development programme. “Wellington, in ...
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  • New Zealand National Statement – COP27
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Mr President, Excellencies, Delegates. This 27th Conference of the Parties is being referred to as the Implementation COP. The Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC asked us at the start of this Conference to show evidence of how we have started to implement the decisions that we collectively ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister to travel to UK for bilateral defence meeting
    Minister of Defence Peeni Henare departs for the United Kingdom tomorrow to meet with Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace to discuss the UK and New Zealand’s shared security interests and ongoing defence co-operation. “This will be my first trip to Europe as Minister of Defence, and I’m looking ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Sovereign Green Bonds issued
    The Government welcomes New Zealand Debt Management’s issuance today of NZ$3 billion of the New Zealand Sovereign Green Bonds that will mature in 2034. Launched in September, New Zealand’s Sovereign Green Bond Programme provides the opportunity to invest in projects that contribute to climate and environmental objectives. “Green Bonds will ...
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  • NZ steps up with extra support for climate adaptation
    Aotearoa New Zealand has announced a five-fold increase in its contribution to global efforts to support climate change adaptation. The announcement of a new $15 million commitment to the Adaptation Fund was made while Climate Change Minister James Shaw is at COP27 in Egypt.  “Aotearoa New Zealand is committed to ...
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  • Resource Management reform ensures Crown fulfils Treaty obligations
    New Resource Management reform will uphold Treaty settlements, commitments and arrangements and ensure Māori maintain established decision-making and participation at both a regional and national level, which has been the case to date as a result of successive governments’ Treaty Settlement arrangements, Associate Minister for the Environment Kiri Allan said. ...
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  • Cheaper, faster, better resource management law
    The system is broken, consent fees have almost doubled, and consenting time frames increased by 50% New standardised conditions will see fewer “bespoke” consents and speed up the process Time to consent will shorten, and fast track process retained On a conservative estimate costs will fall 19% a year ($149m) ...
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  • Better infrastructure to be built faster
    Making the Resource Management process quicker, cheaper and better will help boost New Zealand’s economic growth. “The cost and time it takes to get a resource consent for infrastructure projects has grown significantly in recent years, with smaller projects being disproportionately affected,” Grant Robertson said. Infrastructure developers collectively pay about ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New resource management system provides clearer direction for farmers
    The new resource management system aims to reduce a reliance on consenting and provide clearer direction for farmers and the agricultural sector. Minister for the Environment David Parker today introduced legislation to Parliament for the comprehensive reform of New Zealand’s resource management system – the Natural and Built Environment Bill ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand’s tourism rebound continues
    Towns and cities up and down the country should be prepping for a busy summer season, as officials numbers released today highlight the continued growth in international visitors, Tourism and Immigration Ministers Stuart Nash and Michael Wood announced today. Overseas visitor numbers for the month of September showed a significant ...
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  • RMA reforms aim to make housing and urban system simpler, faster, cheaper
    New Zealand’s housing and urban system is set to benefit from the overhaul of the Resource Management system, making the ability to build new housing simpler, faster and cheaper.                                            ...
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  • Prime Minister reaffirms economic ties with Viet Nam
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh of Viet Nam for a Prime Ministers’ Summit today in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The Prime Ministers reaffirmed New Zealand and Viet Nam’s commitment to working together as strategic partners. “Viet Nam is an important partner for New Zealand, and ...
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  • Graduate scheme attracts 32 new vets to rural New Zealand
    Thirty-two graduate vets will begin their careers in rural New Zealand, with a financial boost from the Government’s Voluntary Bonding Scheme for Veterinarians (VBS), Acting Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Meka Whaitiri announced today.  Each recipient will receive funding of $55,000 over five years to kick-start their careers and help ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Next Ambassador to Argentina announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Kathryn Beckett as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Argentina. “Aotearoa New Zealand enjoys a friendly and cooperative relationship with Argentina,” Nanaia Mahuta said.  “We work particularly closely together on issues key to New Zealand’s multilateral agenda, such as climate change, human ...
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  • Assistance to Ukraine extended and enhanced
    New Zealand is extending its defence commitments and providing further support and personnel to assist Ukraine, as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion. The NZ Defence Force infantry training for Ukrainian military personnel in the United Kingdom will be extended. There is more funding ...
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  • 2000 visas a year to be granted through resumption of parent category
    The Government is ensuring skilled migrants can resettle in Aotearoa New Zealand with their families, Immigration Minister Michael Wood announced today. “We recognise the importance for migrants resettling here to have a pathway for their parents to join them,” Michael Wood said. “We are resuming selections of the Parent Category ...
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  • Appointment of Judge and Associate Judge of the High Court
    High Court Associate Judge Peter Andrew has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, and Tauranga King’s Counsel Grant Brittain has been appointed an Associate Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Andrew graduated from the University of Otago in 1984 with a BA and an ...
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  • Govt’s economic recovery continues with 20,000 Flexi-Wage placements
    20,589 people supported into jobs through Flexi-Wage 37 per cent of participants identified as Māori, 13 per cent Pacific 88% of those on benefit for 2+ years at referral are current, completed or finished early and are not currently on benefit. 2478 participants (12 per cent) have a health condition, ...
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  • Prime Minister attends East Asia Summit
    The Prime Minister has wrapped up meetings in Cambodia with her Indo-Pacific counterparts at the annual meeting of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the Second ASEAN Global Dialogue on Post-COVID-19 Comprehensive Recovery.  Leaders from ASEAN nations as well as Australian Prime Minister Albanese, US President Biden, Republic of Korea ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • ASEAN trade deal upgrade boost for exporters
    New Zealand’s new free trade agreement upgrade with the Association of South East Asian Nations and Australia has been announced today by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  “As the world feels the impact of global economic pressures, the importance of securing high-quality, modern free trade agreements is essential to the economic ...
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  • Auckland now Australasia’s most connected city to North America
    Today’s arrival of the first direct Air Canada flight from Vancouver in almost two years means Auckland Airport is now the most connected airport to North America across the whole of Australasia, Stuart Nash said today. “This addition to North American airline capacity is another welcome step in our tourism ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Joint Statement: Ministerial Statement on the Importance of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform at a Time of ...
    The Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (Costa Rica, Denmark[1], Ethiopia, Finland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Uruguay) We reflect on the urgency of phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies given the current climate crisis and in an effort to limiting global average temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial ...
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  • NGO Hui, Locally led development and amplifying Pacific voices Location: National Library, Tiakiw...
    Tēnā koutou katoa, talofa lava, warm Pacific greetings to you all. Thank you for joining us for the 2022 MFAT-NGO Hui-ā-tau — annual hui. This is the first time in three years that we have gathered kānohi-ki-te-kānohi for this event. I am delighted to be here, today, to lend my ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Celebrating New Zealand’s Diplomatic Relations – Global Connections and Diversity through...
    Warm pacific greetings to each of you. First of all, I want to offer my deepest condolences to families of those who lost their lives, those who were injured, and the families and friends of all involved in the tragic incident in Seoul on 29 October. The thoughts of the ...
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  • Iwi and Government partnership delivers homes for Ngāti Whakaue
    The first of many builds for Ngāti Whakaue Lands Trust was delivered today with Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) Peeni Henare attending the opening of  eight affordable whānau homes. “House by house, whānau by whānau, we are working together to address housing needs. Ngati Whākaue are walking the talk ...
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  • Changes make water reforms more workable for communities and councils
    The Government has welcomed proposed recommendations to improve the workability of water reform legislation. At a time when the cost of living challenges confronting households is real, these reforms will help lessen the burden of necessary water infrastructure investment on ratepayers. Parliament’s cross-party Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back ...
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  • Appointment of King’s Counsel
    Attorney-General David Parker has announced the appointment of 10 King’s Counsel. “The criteria for appointment recognise that excellence and leadership in the profession should be viewed through a wider, community lens.  I am pleased to see that the profession continues to make a good contribution to access to justice, which ...
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  • ​​​​​​​New board members for Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora
    GP Dr Jeff Lowe and former Inland Revenue Commissioner Naomi Ferguson have been appointed to the board of the organisation that runs the country’s public hospitals, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand. Health Minister Andrew Little announced their appointments today, along with the appointment of Steven McJorrow (Ngāti Kahungunu) ...
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  • New financing arrangements to continue to deliver Kāinga Ora build programme
    “In the last five years Kāinga Ora has delivered over 8,370 newly built homes, over 900 retrofits and is overseeing the biggest urban development programme since the 1970s, with programmes like Large Scale Projects,” Megan Woods said. “To ensure Kāinga Ora can expand this work further, Cabinet agreed to increase ...
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  • Targeting hardship: more funding to Porirua development
    The Government is committing to more transformative improvements to housing and critical infrastructure in eastern Porirua says Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods, announcing a further $204 million in funding to advance urban development there. “Eastern Porirua has strong and vibrant communities, but it is in critical need of investment and ...
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  • Significant communications investment to keep emergency responders and the public safe
    A new digital communications network for emergency service workers will roll out from next year, marking the most significant advance in New Zealand’s public safety communications in decades, Police Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.  The Public Safety Network will deliver emergency services with a single secure digital radio network and ...
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