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/////////////////////////////////////////// Minister welcomes report on native birds

Posted: 30 May 2017 10:08 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environments report on saving New Zealands native birds and her endorsement of Predator Free 2050.

"Dr Jan Wright identifies a broad range of important matters that are key to saving our treasured native birds, and reinforces DOC is on the right track with its species protection work," Ms Barry says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Great gains for blue duck/whio with DOCs predator control

Posted: 30 May 2017 09:43 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the Whio Recovery Programme has made considerable progress towards securing the future of the species.

"Through a $4.5 million partnership with Genesis Energy going back to 2011 we have effective predator control at eight sites and some protection at 17 other sites. There is a network of 5000 new stoat traps protecting 599 pairs of whio across the country," Ms Barry says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Joint Statement Between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Defence of New Zealand on Defence Relations

Posted: 30 May 2017 09:31 PM PDT

Mark Mitchell | Defence

Indonesian Minister of Defense, Ryamizard Ryacudu, and New Zealand Minister of Defence, Mark Mitchell, met for the first time today, on 31st of May 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// More U.S. students to study in New Zealand

Posted: 30 May 2017 09:23 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Todays announcement that more American students will have the opportunity to experience New Zealands world-class education system, has been welcomed by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith. Education New Zealand has committed to providing US $50,000 over the next two years, to support Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Programme recipients to study and/or intern for academic credit in New Zealand. This funding will be matched by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State (ECA).

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Three million paint containers recycled

Posted: 30 May 2017 09:02 PM PDT

Scott Simpson | Environment

Resene has recycled over three million paint containers and found innovative uses for leftover paint, with its PaintWise scheme, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today at Resenes factory in Lower Hutt. "Often consumers buy more paint than they need for a project and the leftover paint is stored in sheds and cupboards, or is taken to the local landfill for disposal. Resene PaintWise provides New Zealanders with an environmentally responsible way of disposing of their waste paint," Mr Simpson says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Amphibious emergency response boats for Fiji

Posted: 30 May 2017 06:51 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today handed over four amphibious boats to the Fiji National Disaster Management Office at a ceremony in Suva. "New Zealand and Fiji have agreed to trial the Sealegs boats in emergency response situations and natural disasters," Mr Brownlee says. "Amphibious boats do not require infrastructure to launch, which means the emergency responders will be able to get the vessels in the water more quickly and operate more effectively in flooded urban environments.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $3.3m for climate change projects

Posted: 30 May 2017 06:08 PM PDT

Nathan Guy | Primary Industries

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Louise Upston have announced $3.3 million in new funding for eight climate change research projects in the agriculture, horticulture and forestry sectors. The research projects were approved by the Ministry for Primary Industries under its Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) research programme. "This funding plays an important part in helping our primary industries prepare for the future challenges of climate change," says Mr Guy.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Supporting families to raise healthy kids

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:39 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has released the Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives. "Regular active play and good quality sleep are important to every childs health and development, but are particularly important for our young children," says Dr Coleman. "These are the first activity guidelines that support families to raise healthy under-fives by providing comprehensive advice on physical activity, active play, sleep and screen time for under-fives.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Zealand Land Wars commemorations fund panel meets

Posted: 30 May 2017 04:56 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Economic Development

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is welcoming the inaugural meeting of an advisory panel to oversee a fund to commemorate Ngā Rā Maumahara - New Zealand Land Wars. The five-member advisory panel met in Wellington on Monday to work on the guidelines for the $4 million fund which will support commemoration events across Aotearoa over the next four years.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Over 240 nurses supported to take vital roles

Posted: 30 May 2017 04:13 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme that has attracted over 240 nursing graduates to register to work in specialties and communities that are traditionally hard-to-staff is making a real difference. "Its important people can access the appropriate services that they need, and having sufficient staff in the roles and areas where they are needed is a critical part of this," says Dr Coleman.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Budget 2017: $4 million to help equip Māori youth

Posted: 30 May 2017 04:12 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Economic Development

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says a new $4 million pilot initiative he announced today as part of Budget 2017 will help young Māori obtain essential documents to help set them up for their futures. "Successful young Māori have a significant impact on the countrys social and economic success and we want to give them all a chance to share in the opportunities that are out there," says Mr Flavell. The initiative, Passport to Life - Taiohi Ararau, will assist taiohi aged 15-24 to get all-important credentials for life.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// NZ welcomes US Secretary of State visit

Posted: 30 May 2017 04:03 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the announcement that United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit New Zealand next week. Secretary Tillerson will meet with Prime Minister Bill English and Minister Brownlee in Wellington on June 6. "New Zealand and the United States enjoy a long-standing friendship," Mr Brownlee says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Details released for landmark Pacific trade deal

Posted: 30 May 2017 04:00 PM PDT

Todd McClay | Trade

Trade Minister Todd McClay says the public release of the PACER Plus text will help highlight the important benefits of the landmark trade and development deal for New Zealand and the Pacific. The release of the text, agreed to by all 14 countries, is consistent with a renewed commitment to improving engagement and transparency around trade issues and will be followed up with a public outreach programme in the coming months.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Geotech guidance to better cope with quakes

Posted: 30 May 2017 03:30 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Building and Construction

Geotechnical guidance developed as a result of the Canterbury Earthquake Royal Commission will ensure better building performance and response to earthquakes, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. "MBIE has today released new geotechnical modules on methods of improving ground conditions and retaining wall design, and a new field guide to help geotechnical professionals assess and categorise land instability after an earthquake," Dr Smith says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura reopens in time for the long weekend 31 May 2017

Posted: 30 May 2017 02:59 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

State Highway 1, south of Kaikoura, will reopen to all traffic on Friday morning in time for the Queens Birthday long weekend, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says."The North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery crews have been hard at work to reopen the route after a major slip at Easter closed the highway and railway near Peketa," Mr Bridges says. "The road and rail line have been temporarily realigned for 300 metres in order to open the route, and to assist in the wider reinstatement work between Kaikoura and Picton.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Appointments to TEC Board

Posted: 30 May 2017 02:33 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith has today announced two appointments to the Board of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Nigel Gould will become Board Chair from 1 August 2017. Mr Gould has been on the TEC Board since 2013 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority of NZ, the Young Enterprise Trust and Destination Marlborough.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Celebrating World Smokefree Day

Posted: 30 May 2017 01:46 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging New Zealanders to help their friends and family quit smoking this World Smokefree Day. "More than 5000 New Zealanders die of smoking-related illnesses each year. Nearly 1500 of those people die between the ages of 35 and 69, losing on average 23 years of life," Ms Wagner says. "Support and encouragement from loved ones can make the world of difference because smoking not only harms the health of the smoker but also the people around them.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Funding available for community leadership

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Alfred Ngaro | Community and Voluntary Sector

Funding for those wanting to build leadership and capability in volunteering, social enterprise and the community is available from today, says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro. The Community Leadership Fund opens today with $500,000 available. "The Community and Voluntary sector makes a massive contribution to New Zealand every day," says Mr Ngaro.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Eleven new houses a day to go up across Auckland

Posted: 30 May 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Amy Adams | HNZC

In the next three years, 12,000 new houses will be built across Auckland as the first stage of the Governments Crown Building Project gets underway, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says. These houses are part of the Governments 34,000 new houses for Auckland to be built in the next ten years, announced by Ms Adams last month.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Statutes Repeal Bill passes third reading

Posted: 30 May 2017 02:04 AM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Regulatory Reform

Regulatory Reform Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed the Statutes Repeal Bill passing its third reading in Parliament tonight.

The Statutes Repeal Bill will repeal or partially repeal 137 pieces of legislation, and will reduce the total number of laws on the Statute Books by 128.

"With this Bill we are reducing the number of public Acts on the New Zealand law books by more than 10 per cent," says Mr Goldsmith.

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