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/////////////////////////////////////////// More progress for Rotoruas cycleway network

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:46 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has today marked the completion and start of two important cycleway links for Rotoruas growing urban walking and cycling network. Mr Bridges opened the 1.6km Morey Street/Brent Road section of Rotoruas CyWay which will connect the East side of the network to Te Ngae Road and the Whakarewarewa Forest. He also announced the start of work on the bike and pedestrian-friendly connection between the City, lakefront and Rotoruas iconic Kuirau Park and Government Gardens.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Housing Accord to boost homes in Tasman

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:13 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Building and Construction

A new Tasman Housing Accord aimed at boosting the districts housing supply has been signed today by Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Richard Kempthorne.

"Tasman is a successful and growing region. Unemployment is the lowest in the country and our community is benefiting from this growth, but we need to ensure we keep pace with this growth by providing additional space for new housing," Dr Smith says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// NZ to provide $1.3m for Fiji climate conference

Posted: 18 May 2017 07:09 PM PDT

Paula Bennett | Climate Change Issues

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett and Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee have today announced that New Zealand will provide $1.3 million to support Fijis presidency of the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year.

"At last years conference in Marrakech, Fiji was selected to take up the role of president of this significant event," Mrs Bennett says.

"This is a major undertaking for any country and these important talks will bring together climate experts officials and leaders from around the world.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $359,000 to help recycle waste wood

Posted: 18 May 2017 05:34 PM PDT

Scott Simpson | Environment

The Government is supporting the collection and recycling of Taurangas untreated wood waste with a grant of $359,000, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today.

Tauranga-based Goodwood Ltd collects untreated wood waste and recycles it to make animal bedding for the dairy industry, garden mulch, commercial motorway mulch and playground bark. A wood grinder was purchased with a $280,000 contribution from the Governments Waste Minimisation Fund.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// 'Wild Creations' - artists with a conservation connection

Posted: 18 May 2017 05:25 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Our unique natural heritage is set to inspire New Zealand artists through an initiative announced today by the Minister of Conservation and the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Maggie Barry.

"Wild Creations will offer a range of opportunities to connect New Zealand artists with the people, stories and challenges of our distinctive natural culture - from spending time alongside a threatened species recovery team and tracking native bird predators, to accompanying volunteers on conservation projects," Ms Barry says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $6.7 million Redevelopment for Kaikorai Primary School

Posted: 18 May 2017 04:53 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Education

Kaikorai Primary School in Dunedin is set to benefit from a $6.7 million redevelopment as part of the Governments commitment to modernise school infrastructure, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.

"Kaikorai Primary School is a high performing school and the modern and innovative new learning spaces it will receive will enable it to continue to inspire the best from its pupils, both now and in the future," says Ms Kaye.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Pioneering woman scholar honoured

Posted: 18 May 2017 04:18 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Education

Education Minister Nikki Kaye unveiled a commemorative photograph at Auckland Grammar School this morning, dedicated to New Zealands first ever female university graduate, Kate Edger.

"It was a privilege to acknowledge Kate, who was a real trailblazer and a passionate advocate for women at a time when opportunities for women were much more limited than they are today," says Ms Kaye.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Step closer for new school for Syrian children

Posted: 18 May 2017 03:30 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the signing of a letter of commitment between New Zealand and Turkey which will see $1.3 million provided for a new school for Syrian refugee children.

"Since the start of the Syrian conflict over six years ago, Turkey has taken in more than 2.75 million Syrian refugees," Mr Brownlee says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Seminal national exhibition, He Tohu, opened today

Posted: 18 May 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Peter Dunne | Internal Affairs

Seminal national exhibition, He Tohu, opened today

He Tohu, a new permanent exhibition of three nation-building constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand, was officially opened by Her Excellency, the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand, today at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// First innovation institute opened in China

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:49 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Science and Innovation

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today opened New Zealands first innovation institute in Hangzhou, China, a key step towards developing stronger research links with Chinese researchers. "China is a key science and innovation partner for New Zealand and the University of Auckland Innovation Institute in Hangzhou presents a great opportunity to help New Zealand research organisations commercialise their intellectual property into the Chinese market," Mr Goldsmith says

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Pressure injury prevention & management guide

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:30 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | ACC

The launch of national guiding principles for preventing and managing pressure injuries is being welcomed by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse. "Its estimated that every year around 55,000 people suffer from pressure injuries, with more than 3000 of these causing significant harm," says Dr Coleman.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Litter study to clean up Marlborough

Posted: 17 May 2017 10:00 AM PDT

Scott Simpson | Environment

Marlborough District Council, with support from the Governments Waste Minimisation Fund, will undertake an investigative study into litter and its effect across Marlborough, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today.

"Marlborough has a problem with litter being dumped in public areas and near to waterways. This impact has been observed through a number of community clean ups along Marlboroughs beaches, rivers and marine environments," Mr Simpson says.

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