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By Newsroom America Feeds at 17 May 2017

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Temporary village for quake-hit Waiau

Posted: 16 May 2017 09:12 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Building and Construction

The Government and the Hurunui District Council are establishing a temporary accommodation village in Waiau to help the towns recovery from the Kaikōura Earthquake, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Taranaki walk to support economic development

Posted: 16 May 2017 08:55 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Conservation

A $3.4 million investment into the Taranaki Crossing is part of the Governments plan to boost growth in Taranaki, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say. The investment will over time form part of Taranakis Economic Action Plan as part of the Governments Regional Growth Programme. This week, Minister Bridges welcomed the launch of Make Way for Taranaki. The project, led by the region, will prepare an economic strategy and plan of action for Taranaki for the next 10 years.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Key transport project for Taranaki launched

Posted: 16 May 2017 08:53 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today officially launched the Awakino Gorge to Mount Messenger Programme in Mokau. The $135 million programme, part of the Governments Accelerated Regional Roading Programme, is aimed at improving safety, resilience and efficiency along State Highway 3. "State Highway 3 is a key priority for the Government, and is of huge importance to the region. "This significant investment by the Government will promote economic development through a safer and more resilient route for the region.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Certainty of funding for Outdoor Recreation Consortium

Posted: 16 May 2017 07:47 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

The Outdoor Recreation Consortium, which has been lovingly restoring and maintaining huts and tracks in the remote backcountry, is being given certainty of funding for the next two years. The Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry has announced that the Consortium, led by Federated Mountain Clubs, New Zealand Deerstalkers Association and Trail Fund New Zealand, will be granted $350,000 a year for the next two years from the DOC Community Fund.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Benefit valuation confirms long-term welfare dependence reducing

Posted: 16 May 2017 06:11 PM PDT

Anne Tolley | Social Development

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest benefit valuation, which confirms long-term welfare dependence is reducing, particularly among sole parents. "Welfare reform and the hard work of Work and Income staff has had a significant impact in helping more people into work while also saving taxpayers money," says Mrs Tolley. "Our focus on providing targeted support and more intensive case management for those most at risk of welfare dependence has helped reduce the liability by $1.7 billion.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Future in focus for learners and employers

Posted: 16 May 2017 04:46 PM PDT

Louise Upston | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Learners and employers are demanding more flexible learning and a combination of technical and life skills knowledge, according to feedback to the Tertiary Education Commission. The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has been travelling the country holding workshops to gain feedback from stakeholders on the future of career information ahead of the transition of Careers New Zealand to the TEC in July.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Re-opening of Fonterras Susumas Plant in Malaysia

Posted: 16 May 2017 04:45 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Economic Development

Māori Development Minister and Associate Minister for Economic Development Te Ururoa Flavell attended the re-opening of Fonterras Susumas plant in Malaysia yesterday. The re-opening event is part of Mr Flavells business and cultural mission in Malaysia. "We have strong ties with Malaysia in trade, education, security and defence, and tourism and we want to build on that. "As such this mission has a specific focus on establishing relationships in the food and beverage sector.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Several new measures to support teacher supply and quality

Posted: 16 May 2017 03:37 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Education

The Minister of Education Nikki Kaye has today announced new measures to enhance teacher quality and supply. In a speech at Onehunga High School, Ms Kaye told principals that alongside funding 90 additional teachers through the Teach First NZ initiative the following measures are being taken to improve the supply and quality of teachers:

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Kaiapoi Domain returned to the community

Posted: 16 May 2017 03:34 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Building and Construction

The return of Kaiapoi Domain to the Waimakariri District Council marks the start of a new chapter for the area, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. Dr Smith attended a ceremony today with Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers to formally hand back the remediated Kaiapoi Domain site.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Budget 2017: $5.2m to fund more teachers in priority subjects

Posted: 16 May 2017 03:24 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Education

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced that Budget 2017 will commit $5.2 million of operating funding over the next four years to expand the innovative teacher training programme, Teach First NZ, to provide places for a further 90 participants. "This funding is part of the Governments drive to strengthen the teaching profession," says Ms Kaye.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Government responds to Productivity Commission on social services

Posted: 16 May 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Steven Joyce | Finance

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has today released the full Government response to the Productivity Commissions report on More Effective Social Services. "The Government is well-aligned with the Productivity Commissions recommended direction," says Mr Joyce. "We have made a number of changes to our methods of investing in and evaluating social services since the Commissions report was released."

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/////////////////////////////////////////// DOC funded to protect and enhance conservation estate

Posted: 15 May 2017 11:30 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says DOC is fully able to do its job of protecting precious native species while also managing the increasing number of tourists coming to New Zealand.

In the past week, Minister Barry has announced $76m for DOC to manage the growing number of visitors on public conservation land, $21.3m for Battle For Our Birds, $2.8m for a sea lion threat management plan and has released the first ever Threatened Species Strategy.

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