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/////////////////////////////////////////// $8m pay rise for community-based midwives

Posted: 25 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says community-based midwives are set to receive their share of an $8 million pay increase.

"The Government believes in supporting families, and an important part of this is helping to ensure the 60,000 new babies born annually in New Zealand get the best start to life," says Dr Coleman.

"Budget 2017 will increase community-based midwives pay by $8 million to further support maternity services and recognise the midwives pay equity concerns.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Greenhouse gas emissions decline

Posted: 25 May 2017 07:36 PM PDT

Paula Bennett | Climate Change Issues

The latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows gross emissions have remained stable since 2003 and declined in 2015 as New Zealand is becoming more carbon efficient, says Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett.

"Domestic greenhouse gas emissions have stabilised while our economy and population continue to grow. Between 1990 and 2015 the emissions intensity of the economy decreased by 35.9%, indicating the economy is becoming more carbon efficient," says Mrs Bennett.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Investing in our Pacific communities

Posted: 25 May 2017 07:00 PM PDT

Alfred Ngaro | Pacific Peoples

Investment in Budget 2017 will help improve outcomes for our Pacific communities in New Zealand, Pacific Peoples Minister Alfred Ngaro says.

The Ministry will receive $3 million over four years to increase its policy, research and evaluation capabilities.

"My expectation is that the Ministry will be the hub for Pacific knowledge and intelligence and the first stop for those looking to make improvements for our people. This funding will help work towards those ambitions," says Mr Ngaro.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $144k for up to 495 new youth development opportunities

Posted: 25 May 2017 05:52 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Youth

Partnerships with InOvation Trust and Te Aratika Creative will see around $144,000 invested to create up to 495 new leadership and mentoring opportunities for young people, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

"Young Maori and young people with Maori whanau from across New Zealand, and young people from Gisborne will benefit from these partnerships," says Ms Kaye.

"The partnership with InOvation Trust will support them to deliver The UnSpoken Word Youth Summit.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Scope of multi-use arena study released

Posted: 25 May 2017 03:07 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Greater Christchurch Regeneration

Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel are today releasing the Terms of Reference for a pre-feasibility study into a new multi-use arena in Christchurch. Earlier this month the Government announced it would fund a pre-feasibility study to consider the size, cost and viability of an arena, as well as opportunities for a wider Arena Precinct. The Terms of Reference, which have been agreed by the Crown and Christchurch City Council, set out the purpose and key considerations of the study.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// NZ joins global response to antimicrobial resistance

Posted: 25 May 2017 02:56 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David Bennett welcome the announcement of New Zealands action plan for tackling the growing issue of antimicrobial resistance. "Antimicrobial resistance is a global issue that requires a global response. New Zealand has joined other countries in announcing its action plan at the World Health Assembly in Geneva," says Dr Coleman. "Like other countries, New Zealand has seen a rise in antibiotic resistant infections so its important that we have this action plan.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Cathedral Working Group report released

Posted: 25 May 2017 01:00 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Greater Christchurch Regeneration

Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner is today releasing the Cathedral Working Group Recommendation Report. "I firmly believe we need an agreed solution on the future of the cathedral, and we need it sooner rather than later," Ms Wagner says. "As the original negotiations around the cathedral have now ceased, the Cathedral Working Group Recommendation Report can be released. "This further demonstrates my commitment to the people of Christchurch to be open, transparent and a strong advocate for progress.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Care & support workers pay equity legislation passes 1st reading

Posted: 24 May 2017 11:03 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a bill which will ensure 55,000 care and support workers receive their share in a $2 billion pay rise has passed its first reading.

The Care and Support Worker (Pay Equity) Settlement Bill passed its first reading unanimously in Parliament tonight.

"Shepherding this bill through its first reading in Parliament is another significant milestone towards implementing this historic pay equity settlement on 1 July," says Dr Coleman.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Rocket launch a huge step for New Zealands space industry

Posted: 24 May 2017 10:40 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Economic Development

Minister for Economic Development Simon Bridges has congratulated the team at Rocket Lab on the successful launch of their first test rocket on the Mahia Peninsula.

"Todays successful launch is a major milestone in the development of New Zealands space industry," says Mr Bridges.

"It is the first visible sign of a space industry in New Zealand and is an achievement Rocket Lab, and all New Zealanders can be proud of."

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