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/////////////////////////////////////////// Malaysian businesses urged to work with Māori business

Posted: 14 May 2017 10:12 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Economic Development

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has told Malaysian businesses they can rely on high quality, fresh and safe food and beverage products from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Speaking at a business matching event to introduce Malaysian businesses to Māori business leaders Mr Flavell says there is a huge untapped potential to work together in the food and beverage sector.

"Its one we know well, because we have been growing and gathering kai in Aotearoa New Zealand for hundreds of years," says Mr Flavell.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Consultation sought on fire safety proposals

Posted: 14 May 2017 10:06 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Building and Construction

Proposed improvements to simplify building fire safety regulations and support their implementation are open for consultation, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

"We currently have record high levels of commercial and residential construction and this needs to be supported by high quality regulation. We need systems that deliver safe buildings but also enable the design and construction of buildings to be done at pace. These changes will deliver both safety and efficiency gains.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Latest Water Accord update shows good environmental progress by farmers

Posted: 14 May 2017 08:08 PM PDT

Nathan Guy | Primary Industries

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the latest progress report of the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord project, showing dairy farmers have now fenced off over 97 per cent of waterways. "The Water Accord is a voluntary project led by the industry to improve farming practices and water quality. This Year Three update shows a range of targets have been achieved, including stock exclusion from 26,197 km of measured waterways which is the equivalent of Auckland to Chicago and back again," says Mr Guy.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Research highlights measures that support vulnerable children into adulthood

Posted: 14 May 2017 06:44 PM PDT

Anne Tolley | Social Development

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says new research confirms the need for wrap around support for at-risk children and young people to help them lead successful lives as adults. "We know that children who experience adversity are more likely to have poor education and employment outcomes, thats why the Government is focused on ensuring they receive the support they need," says Mrs Tolley. "Research published today shows only 44 per cent of at-risk children studied were projected to have positive education and employment outcomes.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Consultation begins on corporate insolvency law

Posted: 14 May 2017 05:19 PM PDT

Jacqui Dean | Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean today released the second and final part of the insolvency law review by the Insolvency Working Group. "The Insolvency Working Group was established in November 2015 to examine aspects of corporate insolvency law, and presented its first report in July 2016," Ms Dean says. "The working groups second report focuses on two important areas, voidable transactions and whether the procedures for dealing with the liquidation of Ponzi schemes can be improved.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Budget 2017: $10.1 million to preserve New Zealands documentary heritage

Posted: 14 May 2017 05:09 PM PDT

Peter Dunne | Budget 2017

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $8 million of operating funding over the next two years and $2.1 million of capital funding in the next year in Budget 2017 to safeguard New Zealands heritage collections and record of Government.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// NZ provides further $5m in humanitarian aid

Posted: 14 May 2017 03:01 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

New Zealand will provide a further $5 million in relief assistance to pressing humanitarian crises across Africa and the Middle East, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced. "An estimated 45 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, of which 20 million face starvation and famine," Mr Brownlee says. "Conflict and insecurity have exacerbated drought conditions, causing widespread humanitarian need.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Canterbury bosses urged to give offenders jobs

Posted: 14 May 2017 02:52 PM PDT

Louise Upston | Corrections

Corrections Minister Louise Upston will tomorrow host the second in a series of employer breakfasts in Canterbury to outline how they can help change the lives of offenders, their families and their communities. Ms Upston and Corrections will showcase the work being done by the department to provide better outcomes for offenders, including helping them into regular paid employment. The first breakfast held in Hamilton last month attracted many employers keen to hire motivated and skilled workers.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Appointments to the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust

Posted: 14 May 2017 02:31 PM PDT

Judith Collins | Ethnic Communities

Ethnic Communities Minister Judith Collins has today announced the appointment of eight Trustees to the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust. The Trust aims to create a heightened understanding of the Chinese community within New Zealand and to strengthen the unique identity of Chinese New Zealanders.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Mission Begins With Visit to Cenotaph and Cheras Cemetery

Posted: 13 May 2017 09:44 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Maori Development

A business and cultural mission to Malaysia has begun with a visit by the Minister for Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell to the Cenotaph at the National War Memorial and to Cheras Cemetery where eight New Zealand servicemen have been laid to rest.

Mr Flavell says it is appropriate to begin his mission by paying his respects to those New Zealanders who had fought in Malaysia and to those who had fallen there.

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