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/////////////////////////////////////////// Wine industry joins GIA biosecurity partnership

Posted: 29 May 2017 09:45 PM PDT

Nathan Guy | Primary Industries

The wine industry has become the fourteenth industry sector to join the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) biosecurity partnership, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

"Its very good news to have New Zealand Winegrowers working with the Ministry for Primary Industries and other industry partners on biosecurity," says Mr Guy.

"It means we can work together on preventing, managing and responding to the most important risks like Pierces Disease and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Immunisation handbook supports health staff

Posted: 29 May 2017 09:05 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the release of the 2017 edition of the Immunisation Handbook, which informs health professionals of the safest and most effective use of vaccines.

"The Immunisation Handbook is an important resource for health professionals, setting out the latest best practice advice about vaccines and the diseases they protect against," says Dr Coleman.

"The Handbook ensures they have the information readily available to safely and confidently deliver immunisation services to the people they care for.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// More doctors attracted to hard-to-staff areas

Posted: 29 May 2017 08:10 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme that attracts new doctors to roles in rural and remote locations that have been traditionally hard-to-staff is making a real difference.

"Its important that health facilities around the country are well equipped to provide New Zealanders with the treatment that they need, when and where they need it," says Dr Coleman.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Budget 2017: $36.3 million for WorkSafe NZ

Posted: 29 May 2017 08:00 PM PDT

Michael Woodhouse | Workplace Relations and Safety

Budget 2017 provides $36.3 million of additional operating spending over the next four years for WorkSafe New Zealand to build its capability as an effective, risk-targeted regulator, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse.

$17.36 million has been reprioritised from within baseline and the remaining $18.97 million is new funding from the Health and Safety at Work Levy.

"Budget 2017 recognises the work required to lift health and safety performance in the workplace," Mr Woodhouse says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Three-year extension for Whānau Ora commissioning approach

Posted: 29 May 2017 07:35 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Whanau Ora

Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies - Te Pou Matakana, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Pasifika Futures - have had their agreements extended for another three years, says Minister for Whānau Ora Te Ururoa Flavell.

"The agreement extension will provide security for these agencies and an opportunity to further build on the commissioning for outcomes approach, and helping more whānau," says Mr Flavell.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// 2017 Green Ribbon Awards finalists announced

Posted: 29 May 2017 07:25 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Conservation

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the 2017 Green Ribbon Awards finalists, recognising exceptional environmental and conservation initiatives throughout New Zealand.

"These national awards, now in their 27th year, play an important role in celebrating and raising the profile of outstanding contributions by individuals, communities and organisations to protect and manage New Zealands environment," Dr Smith says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Further research commercialisation welcomed

Posted: 29 May 2017 06:50 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Science and Innovation

A new partnership agreement providing the University of Auckland access to a share of more than $215 million in funding will support further commercialisation of innovative Kiwi research, says Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Young people to share views at Parliament during Youth Week 2017

Posted: 29 May 2017 06:22 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Youth

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye will meet a number of young people from Wellington at Parliament tomorrow night to hear their views on the future of Aotearoa New Zealand. The high school students will make their way to Parliament after taking part in an amazing race style event around the capital as part of Youth Week 2017, which runs until 4 June. "All over New Zealand, young people are taking part in activities to celebrate Youth Week 2017," says Ms Kaye.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Issues paper on taxation of employee share schemes for start-ups

Posted: 29 May 2017 03:59 PM PDT

Judith Collins | Revenue

Revenue Minister Judith Collins has today welcomed the release of an officials issues paper on the taxation of employee share schemes for start-up companies. "Employee share schemes are an important remuneration tool for start-ups as they can assist companies to both attract and retain talented staff. However, it is equally important that employee share schemes are taxed like any other form of remuneration.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Appointments support business growth and promotion

Posted: 29 May 2017 03:37 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Trade Minister Todd McClay have welcomed appointments and reappointments to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Board (NZTE) and the New Zealand Story Board (NZ Story Board).

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Foreign Minister to meet with Fijian PM

Posted: 29 May 2017 03:00 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee will travel to Fiji today to meet with Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. "I last visited Fiji in December 2014 as Defence Minister and am looking forward to discussing a range of matters with Prime Minister Bainimarama," Mr Brownlee says. "These will include regional issues, our Defence and disaster risk reduction ties, and New Zealands aid and development programme.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Zealand relief following floods in Sri Lanka

Posted: 29 May 2017 02:15 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

New Zealand will provide $200,000 to support emergency relief efforts in Sri Lanka following floods and landslides caused by torrential rains, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced. "Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have affected almost half a million people, with a death toll of more than 150 and many people missing," Mr Brownlee says. "New Zealand is committed to supporting the people of Sri Lanka at this difficult time.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Minister of Defence on first visit to Asia

Posted: 28 May 2017 07:24 PM PDT

Mark Mitchell | Defence

Defence Minister Mark Mitchell will travel to Indonesia and Singapore this week to attend a range of meetings on defence and security matters. Mr Mitchell will visit Indonesia from 30-31 May. While there he will meet his Defence counterpart General (Rtd) Ryamizard Ryacudu. The two Ministers will sign a joint statement confirming the value both countries place on the bilateral defence relationship. As well as cooperating bilaterally, New Zealand and Indonesia work closely together in regional security groupings.

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