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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Housing Affordability Measure released

Posted: 09 May 2017 09:39 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Building and Construction

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employments (MBIE) new Housing Affordability Measure will allow the market to be monitored at a more detailed level, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Additional $1.2 million for Kaikoura earthquake science

Posted: 09 May 2017 08:47 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Science and Innovation

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced $1.2 million of additional funding for the Natural Hazards Research Platform to conduct vital research and work to support the Kaikoura earthquake recovery. "Science helps us to understand what happened during this earthquake, how we rebuild and how we respond to future events," Mr Goldsmith says. "New Zealand is leading the world in earthquake science and our unique seismic events provide opportunities to make major contributions to international understanding in this field."

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Kapa haka and Te Reo may help prevent dementia

Posted: 09 May 2017 08:02 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming new research that suggests kapa haka and speaking Te Reo may help older Māori avoid dementia. In 2013, the Government invested $1.8 million in Life and Living in Advanced Age: a Cohort Study in New Zealand - Te Puwaitanga O Ng Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu (LiLACS NZ) by the University of Auckland.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Release of Stage 1 of Havelock North Drinking-Water Inquiry

Posted: 09 May 2017 07:45 PM PDT

Christopher Finlayson | Attorney-General

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today welcomed the public release of Stage 1 of the Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water. Stage 1 addresses the causes of the water contamination incident and assesses the conduct of those responsible for providing safe drinking water in Havelock North.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// R&D loss tax credits proving popular

Posted: 09 May 2017 07:36 PM PDT

Judith Collins | Revenue

More than $10 million in research and development loss tax credits have already been paid out after the first year of a scheme designed to help start-up companies access some of their tax losses sooner, Revenue Minister Judith Collins says. Pay-outs are still being processed for the last financial year, which saw 187 companies successfully lodge applications to `cash out business losses associated with R&D spending.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Budget 2017: $74.6m to further grow business R&D

Posted: 09 May 2017 06:37 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Budget 2017

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has today announced an additional $74.6 million in funding through the Innovative New Zealand programme in Budget 2017 to meet the growing demand for Callaghan Innovations research and development (R&D) Growth Grants. "Encouraging business R&D helps high-tech, innovative Kiwi companies to bring products and ideas to the market sooner, which has significant benefit for export revenues," says Mr Goldsmith.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Easier process for clients with cancer diagnosis

Posted: 09 May 2017 06:26 PM PDT

Anne Tolley | Social Development

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says Jobseeker Support clients with a cancer diagnosis no longer need to provide multiple medical certificates. "I asked MSD to work with the Cancer Society to help simplify the process for clients with a cancer diagnosis," says Mrs Tolley. "Previously clients had to provide multiple medical certificates to defer work obligations which was burdensome at an already stressful and difficult time.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $260k for 800 new youth development opportunities

Posted: 09 May 2017 06:14 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Education

New partnerships with Netball NZ and 24-7 Youthwork Trust will see $260,000 invested to create up to 800 new youth development opportunities, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. "These opportunities are about inspiring and growing the next generation of leaders and also supporting them to give back to the community," says Ms Kaye.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// DOC & Botanic Gardens unite to fight diseases like Myrtle Rust

Posted: 09 May 2017 03:37 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

The Department of Conservation and Botanic Gardens in New Zealand are joining forces to protect endangered native plant species from diseases such as Myrtle Rust. Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Incorporated (BGANZ) at the Threatened Species Summit at Te Papa.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Call to action to save threatened species

Posted: 09 May 2017 03:37 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has issued a "call to action" for the nation to get behind efforts to protect New Zealands threatened native plants and animals. Minister Barry launched the Department of Conservations draft Threatened Species Strategy at the Threatened Species Summit in Wellington this morning. "Our unique plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth and help to define who we are as New Zealanders, adding immeasurable value to our culture, our identity and our landscapes," Minister Barry says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Nine month accounts show surplus of $1.5b

Posted: 09 May 2017 03:34 PM PDT

Steven Joyce | Finance

The Government accounts for the first nine months of the 2016/17 financial year showed a surplus of $1.5 billion, compared to a forecast surplus of $147 million at the Half Year Update, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. "Growing tax revenues coupled with lower than expected expenditure has resulted in the higher outturn," Mr Joyce says. "Tax revenue growth has softened a little in the last month, but over the nine months tax revenue is still up 7.3 per cent compared to the same period last year."

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Praise for Wairoas bilingual progress

Posted: 09 May 2017 03:17 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Maori Development

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is congratulating Wairoa District Council after it adopted a policy to move it closer to its goal of becoming fully bilingual by 2040. The council voted on Tuesday to support a te reo Māori policy which is designed to develop and promote the Māori language throughout the organisation. "The council is to be congratulated for its foresight and support of te reo. They have the goal of becoming a bilingual town by 2040 and todays vote is another step along that journey," says Mr Flavell.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Advice for young people is to sit less, move more & sleep well

Posted: 09 May 2017 02:43 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Education

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Education Minister Nikki Kaye have today welcomed the released updated physical activity guidelines for children and young people aged five to 17. "Children and young people are encouraged to live an active lifestyle. To sit less, move more and sleep well to support their healthy development," says Dr Coleman. "The guidelines include new sleep recommendations as well as updated advice on regular physical activity and reducing sitting time.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New caller location system for mobile 111 calls

Posted: 09 May 2017 02:15 PM PDT

Paula Bennett | Communications

Police Minister Paula Bennett, Communications Minister Simon Bridges and Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne, today announced a new caller location system for 111 mobile phone calls that will improve public safety and help save lives. "The new system will automatically provide emergency services with a probable location of a caller when they dial 111," Mrs Bennett says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Relocation from Auckland scheme a success

Posted: 09 May 2017 01:00 PM PDT

Alfred Ngaro | Social Housing

The Relocation from Auckland grant is helping kiwi families become more independent and saving tax payers money, says Associate Social Housing Minister Alfred Ngaro. "Im thrilled with the success of this programme," says Mr Ngaro. "On average were saving the taxpayer $170 a week in subsidised housing costs for every family that moves out of Auckland. With the average grant being about $4,637 the Government is seeing a saving in costs well within a year of people moving.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Flu vaccines top one million doses

Posted: 09 May 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more than one million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have now been distributed. "A recent New Zealand study showed that most people infected with influenza in 2015 didnt experience any symptoms, but could still have spread the virus without realising it," says Dr Coleman. "By being immunised, we not only protect ourselves, but we help to ensure we dont pass on influenza to our families, friends and colleagues.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Ambitious trade target agreed with Vietnam

Posted: 09 May 2017 03:30 AM PDT

Todd McClay | Trade

Trade Minister Todd McClay says he sees big opportunities for New Zealand exporters following a visit to Vietnam this week. Mr McClay met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh to talk about regional trade deals and ways to boost our trade relationship. "The Prime Minister and I recognised that trade is growing quickly between our countries. This is a significant relationship and we have set an ambitious target of doubling two-way trade to $2.5b over the next 5 years," Mr McClay says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New guide to drive investment in tech sector

Posted: 08 May 2017 11:45 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today launched a new edition of an investment guide into New Zealands fast growing technology sector. The Investor Guide to the New Zealand Technology Sector showcases the breadth and variety of technology companies in New Zealand.

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