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  • Government Initiatives Contribute to Fall in Benefit Numbers
    Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit. “This Government’s plan to increase work focused support for Jobseekers is paying off,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “All up Benefit numbers ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tourism support package continues rollout
    Mental wellbeing support is being rolled out to five South Island communities most affected by the absence of international tourists. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash today announced details of how tourism operators and communities can access the help announced in May as part of the government’s $200 million Tourism Communities: Support, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • NZ-PNG Sign Statement of Partnership
    New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape signed the first ever New Zealand - Papua New Guinea Statement of Partnership today. “This new Statement of Partnership reflects the importance we place on the close economic, cultural and people-to-people links our two countries have ...
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  • Further advice being sought on new cases in Victoria
    Further advice is being sought from public health officials following seven new positive cases of COVID-19 in Victoria today, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “There are also a growing number of locations of interest that are of concern, including a sports stadium on Saturday and several pubs,” Chris Hipkins ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Learning Community Hubs supporting ethnic families
    As part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to working with the victims and those affected by the March 15 terror attacks, today Associate Minister of Education Hon Jan Tinetti released the report ‘Voices from the Ōtautahi’ on the Christchurch Learning Community Hubs. “It’s so important we continue to support the ...
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  • Hundreds more hands funded to work for nature
    Supporting biodiversity protection through community-led projects and on private property will create at least 500 more jobs under the Mahi mō te Taiao/Jobs for Nature programme, Minister of Conservation Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The work we are funding includes everything from pest control and restoration planting to plant propagation, skill ...
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  • Saliva testing expansion for frontline border workers
    All frontline border workers who are required to be regularly tested for COVID-19 will soon be able to choose regular saliva testing as a full replacement for nasopharyngeal testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. Saliva testing will be expanded as an option for all those on a regular ...
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  • Government consults on freshwater farm plan
    The Government is inviting farmers and growers to provide their practical ideas to help develop high-quality and workable freshwater farm plans, in line with its freshwater goals said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Environment Minister David Parker. The ministers today released the consultation documents for freshwater farm plans and stock exclusion low slope maps. Comment is being sought on a new, more ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • 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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    2 weeks ago
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    3 weeks ago
  • 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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    3 weeks ago
  • 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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    3 weeks ago
  • 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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  • 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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