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/////////////////////////////////////////// Multi-million dollar safety upgrade for Lyttelton Tunnel

Posted: 17 May 2017 08:44 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced work is set to begin on a multi-million dollar fire deluge system that will improve safety and reduce the risk of lengthy closures at Lyttelton Tunnel. "In addition to improving safety, the project will also increase the resilience of a route that is an economic lifeline for Christchurch, Canterbury and the South Island," Mr Bridges says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Temporary accommodation for Edgecumbe

Posted: 17 May 2017 08:37 PM PDT

Anne Tolley | Building and Construction

Temporary homes will be moved on to the Whakatāne Holiday Park and next to flood-damaged homes while properties in the Edgecumbe area are repaired, Lead Minister for Edgecumbe Anne Tolley and Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith said today. The Ministers visited the holiday park to see the regions recovery first-hand, and visit the site where a number of temporary homes will be built to increase accommodation options in the area.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Malaysian audience gains Māori insights

Posted: 17 May 2017 08:27 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Economic Development

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has wrapped up his business and cultural mission to Malaysia with a public lecture on the Māori experience at the Universiti Teknologi (UiTM) MARA in Sabah, Malaysia. "The people of Malaysia and New Zealand are already bound by culture, language, history and trade. Our kinship to one another stretches back 5,000 years. It can be found in our shared languages, our shared cultures and our shared DNA," says Mr Flavell.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Minister announces NZSO appointments

Posted: 17 May 2017 08:06 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry announced today the appointment of two new members to the board of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO), as well as the reappointment of the chair and two members. "The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is world-class and is going from strength to strength with exciting programmes of performances. These appointments continue the orchestras strength of governance," Ms Barry says The two new board members are Sue Paterson of Wellington and Laurence Kubiak of Auckland.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Dubai Expo 2020 to bring major benefits to NZ

Posted: 17 May 2017 07:42 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee says attending Dubai 2020 will provide significant economic and entrepreneurial benefits that Kiwi businesses should take advantage of. Mr Brownlee has today released the Cabinet paper and Indicative Business Case (IBC) supporting New Zealands attendance at the World Expo, being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2020.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Primary industry workforce growing - report

Posted: 17 May 2017 07:25 PM PDT

Louise Upston | Primary Industries

Support service roles are helping to increase employment opportunities in primary sector industries, a new report shows. Overall, employment in primary sector industries increased by 5400 between 2012 and 2014, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) report Human Capabilities in the Primary Industries. "The majority of these new jobs were support service roles, which includes scientists, accountants, engineers and agricultural technicians," Associate Primary Industries Minister Louise Upston says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Heritage NZ and Maori Heritage Council changes

Posted: 17 May 2017 04:32 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced the appointment of four new members to the Heritage New Zealand Board and to the Māori Heritage Council. "The new members of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board are Bryce Barnett, Chris Cochran, Kim Ngārimu and David Nicoll and the new members of the Māori Heritage Council are Chris Cochran, Rebecca (Liz) Mellish and Paul White," Ms Barry says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Cycle share schemes for Auckland and Christchurch being considered

Posted: 17 May 2017 03:18 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says current investigations into cycle share schemes in both Auckland and Christchurch shows the increasingly significant contribution cycling is now making to our transport system. The NZ Transport Agency and Christchurch City Council are investigating whether to introduce a cycle share scheme in Christchurch, and Auckland Transport is beginning a study into the introduction of a similar scheme for Auckland city centre.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Govt $333m Urban Cycleways Programme achieves halfway point

Posted: 17 May 2017 02:06 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today marked the halfway point for the Governments $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme (UCP) with the completion of a section on the Little River Link cycleway. "The UCP is making a real difference to cycling in the regions all around New Zealand, and todays opening is just another example of this successful programme," Mr Bridges says. "The opening of the Barrington to Moorhouse section of the Little River Link cycleway in Christchurch marks the halfway point for the Governments $333 million UCP.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Budget 2017: Irrigation investment to better manage fresh water

Posted: 17 May 2017 02:02 PM PDT

Nathan Guy | Budget 2017

Additional grant funding of $26.7 million over the next three years plus a capital boost of $63 million towards irrigation investments in Budget 2017 will deliver economic and environmental benefits through better use of water, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy. "A reliable water supply for growers and farmers has major potential to boost economic growth, creating jobs and exports in the regions. At the same time these schemes can deliver real environmental benefits by maintaining river flows and recharging groundwater aquifers," says Mr Guy.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Zealand - Japan Summit Meeting Joint Press Release

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:27 AM PDT

Bill English | Prime Minister

1. Prime Minister of New Zealand the Right Honourable Bill English and Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe held a productive meeting in Tokyo on 17th May 2017. The two leaders reiterated the Strategic Cooperative Partnership between New Zealand and Japan founded on common values, such as freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights, as well as a strong commitment to peace and security, free trade and investment, and sustainable development.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// PM meets with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Posted: 17 May 2017 06:25 AM PDT

Bill English | Prime Minister

Prime Minister Bill English and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated their commitment to the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) in a meeting in Tokyo today. "Both New Zealand and Japan remain committed to seeing the TPP Agreement come into force, while at the same time ensuring there are opportunities for other economies to join," Mr English says. "The TPP remains valuable both economically and strategically for New Zealand. It will improve access for our exporters and lower tariffs around the Asia-Pacific."

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Zealand Post issue commemorative He Tohu stamps

Posted: 16 May 2017 10:22 PM PDT

Peter Dunne | Internal Affairs

New Zealand Post today issued a set of three stamps to commemorate the opening of He Tohu, a new permanent exhibition of New Zealands iconic constitutional documents at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington. The stamp series was launched at Parliament by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Peter Dunne, accompanied Taku Parai, representing the He Tohu Iwi Leader Partner Group, and New Zealand Post Chair Jane Taylor.

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