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/////////////////////////////////////////// New North Road construction underway

Posted: 15 May 2017 09:04 PM PDT

Amy Adams | HNZC

The construction of 100 new homes on land formerly set aside by NZTA for roading can now begin, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams announced today at the sod-turning in New North Road Mt Albert.

In October 2016 the Government signed an agreement with Marutūāhu Rōpū and Ockham Residential Limited for the development as part of the move to repurpose vacant land for new houses in Auckland.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Sister School fund recipients announced

Posted: 15 May 2017 08:38 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Ten schools across New Zealand will receive assistance to deepen their China sister school relationships, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith announced in Beijing today.

The New Zealand - China Sister Schools Fund operates on a co-funding basis to enable schools to further deepen their existing links with Chinese partners. Each school will receive up to $5000 from a fund administered by Education New Zealand.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Progress for education in Havelock North and Hawkes Bay

Posted: 15 May 2017 07:58 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Education

Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that the Ministry of Education will work with schools and communities to develop an Area Strategy for the Havelock North/Hastings area, as well as Napier if necessary.

"An Area Strategy looks at the education needs in a particular location and how these will be addressed, taking into account factors such as projected population and roll growth," says Ms Kaye.

"Information gathering for the strategy will begin now, but the key work will happen in 2018.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Coleman to attend WHO and WADA meetings

Posted: 15 May 2017 07:50 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman is to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meeting.

"I will be leaving tomorrow for the 70th WHA in Geneva, Switzerland, where I will vote for the next World Health Organisation Director General," says Dr Coleman.

"New Zealand will have an important role to play in this assembly with our officials taking a lead role in several key areas.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Minister welcomes MSDs client level data system independent review

Posted: 15 May 2017 07:42 PM PDT

Anne Tolley | Social Development

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed todays release of the independent review into MSDs individual client level data IT system.

"Its vital clients and providers have confidence that their information is appropriately protected," says Mrs Tolley.

"While no privacy breach of any personal data occurred, I am extremely disappointed that the report highlights a number of areas of concern.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Queenstown on track for Housing Accord target

Posted: 15 May 2017 06:56 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Building and Construction

Queenstown is well on its way to hitting the target laid out in the Queenstown-Lakes Housing Accord, with six months of the original accord still to run, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult announced today. "We are confident we will meet the ambitious target of 1750 new residential sections and homes in the three years to October 2017. The monitoring reports released today show 1634 consents have been issued to date and, with six months to go, the target is likely to be exceeded.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Govt to build 34,000 new houses for Auckland

Posted: 15 May 2017 05:54 PM PDT

Amy Adams | HNZC

The Government today has announced a Crown land and building programme that will see tens of thousands of new houses built in Auckland over the next decade. Social Housing Minister Amy Adams announced that the Governments Crown Building Project will replace 8300 old, rundown houses in Auckland with 34,000 brand new purpose-built houses over 10 years. 24,300 of these will be built by Housing New Zealand through their Auckland Housing Programme. Over the next ten years, the Crown Building Project will deliver around:

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Final stage of key Tauranga project now underway

Posted: 15 May 2017 05:00 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today marked the commencement of the final stage of the Baypark to Bayfair project to build two flyovers. The $120 million project will connect to the Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL), completing the Eastern Corridor for the Bay of Plenty. "The flyovers will reduce congestion, improve journey times and provide for a safer, more resilient connection for both local and state highway users," Mr Bridges says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// DOC Community Fund Round 4 opens

Posted: 15 May 2017 04:55 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the fourth round of a multi-million-dollar fund to support community conservation projects opens for applications today. "The DOC Community Fund was set up three years ago to distribute $26 million over four years and it continues to make a big difference for many community groups who would have struggled to do their great work without some timely financial help," Ms Barry says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Green light for Riccarton Racecourse homes

Posted: 15 May 2017 03:07 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Building and Construction

Building can start on a $300 million, 600-home development at Riccarton Racecourse after the Government approved the final step for the Christchurch Racecourse Reserve Trustees and Ngāi Tahu Property initiative, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. Yesterday Cabinet approved the Riccarton Racecourse Development Enabling Order 2017, which lifts the lands reserve status and allows the development to start. The housing development has been facilitated by legislation passed by Parliament last June.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Budget 2017: $21m to Battle for our Birds

Posted: 15 May 2017 02:40 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Budget 2017

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says DOC will fight this years beech forest mast year increase in rat and stoat numbers with a $21.3 million war chest from Budget 2017 for the Battle for our Birds control campaign. "I can confirm there will be a widespread forest seeding, or mast, once again this year that will trigger a big increase in vermin," Ms Barry says. "The mast event will affect much of the North Island, the northern South Island and parts of western Otago.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Miraka agreement in Malaysia a milestone

Posted: 15 May 2017 02:15 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Economic Development

Māori Development Minister and Associate Minister for Economic Development Te Ururoa Flavell witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Miraka Ltd and its Malaysian distribution partner, Storiiu, in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Miraka is New Zealands first Māori-owned dairy processor. The agreement means the company will start exporting its first own-branded consumer product.

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