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/////////////////////////////////////////// Korea and New Zealand discuss carbon markets

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 10:29 PM PDT

Paula Bennett | Police

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says New Zealand and Korea have begun joint discussions on developing carbon markets in the region.

Yesterdays inaugural meeting of the Environmental Committee, established under the New Zealand - Korea Free Trade Agreement, comes shortly after New Zealand and China signed a Climate Change Action Plan as part of the NZ China FTA.

"New Zealand wants to discuss carbon markets with a range of potential partners," Mrs Bennett says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// KidsCan receives $50,000 for sanitary products

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 07:28 PM PDT

Paula Bennett | Social Development

Minister for Women Paula Bennett and Minister for Social Development Anne Tolley have announced the Government is providing $50,000 over the next year to assist KidsCan supply schools with sanitary products.

"This funding will provide sanitary products to the schools KidsCan supports. Its expected that over 16,500 packs will be supplied to around 2,000 girls," says Mrs Bennett.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// 122 more frontline officers for Corrections

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 06:48 PM PDT

Louise Upston | Corrections

Corrections Minister Louise Upston today congratulated one of the largest cohorts of frontline officers ever welcomed to Corrections.

Another 122 new Corrections officers and offender employment instructors will soon be working at prisons throughout the country after graduating from a 12-week training course.

Todays graduation brings the total number of new officers employed as part of Corrections recruitment campaign to more than 350. The aim is to attract 600 new frontline staff by September this year.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Green light for State Highway 3 improvements

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 06:24 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced the route for a bypass of the Awakino Tunnel and the next steps for the Mt Messenger bypass project. "State Highway 3 is a key priority for the Government. Thats why were investing $135 million to provide a better and more resilient connection between the Taranaki Region and the upper North Island," Mr Bridges says. "A two-bridge bypass of Awakino Tunnel has been selected that was also the favoured option by the public. Design and consenting work will now commence ahead of construction.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Next step for Central North Island transport connections

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 04:58 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Economic Development

Transport and Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges announced today the rural ring road for Palmerston North is a step closer, with funding confirmed for the next stage of two key sections of the route.

The two projects will improve the connections on State Highway 3 between Kairanga and Bunnythorpe, and on Napier Road, from Keith Street to Whakarongo.

"The Palmerston North Rural Ring Road is an important part of the Manawatu-Whanganui freight distribution network," Mr Bridges says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Department of Internal Affairs SmartStart programme wins top international award

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 04:45 PM PDT

Peter Dunne | Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne is delighted to announce that a key initiative by the Department of Internal Affairs, SmartStart, has won a prestigious international award for excellence in innovation and communication. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced SmartStart as a Merit winner in the 2017 Gold Quill Awards programme. The programme recognises business communication excellence globally, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programmes in the industry.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New provider secured for autism services

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 02:15 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a new provider for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) programmes, previously run by IDEA Services. "People with ASD are often vulnerable to sudden change or loss of routine so IDEAs decision to cancel its autism services caused a great deal of unnecessary stress for hundreds of disabled people and their families," Ms Wagner says. "Within days the Ministry of Health has secured a new provider, meaning there will be no interruption to services."

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Final results confirm rising Māori and Pasifika student achievement

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Hekia Parata | Education

Final NCEA results released this week confirm that more students are achieving NCEA Levels 1, 2, and 3, with the most significant increases in achievement being by Māori students and Pasifika students, says Education Minister Hekia Parata. "These latest results are by far the best weve seen since we came into Government in 2008, a time when Māori and Pasifika students were struggling, with almost half leaving school without NCEA Level 2.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New appointment to support physical activity and nutrition in schools

Posted: 11 Apr 2017 11:25 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Education

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Education Minister Hekia Parata have welcomed the appointment of Professor Grant Schofield, as the Ministry of Educations first Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor. "Obesity is a serious issue threatening the health of young New Zealanders, which means some of our kids could end up living shorter lives than their parents," says Dr Coleman. "In 2014/15 11 per cent of all children aged 2-14 years were obese. The figures for Maori and Pacific children were 15 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.

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