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/////////////////////////////////////////// Initialling of vesting agreement for the New Zealand Māori Arts and Craft Institute

Posted: 31 May 2017 09:47 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Economic Development

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell along with the Whakarewarewa Joint Trust, initialled a vesting agreement today that will ultimately transfer ownership of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute from the Crown, to the iwi.

"This is an important step in strengthening the relationship between the Crown and Ngāti Whakaue and Wāhiao-Tūhourangi," Mr Flavell says.

"Iwi members have been instrumental in the operation and success of Te Puia and the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New public engagement programme promotes trade opportunity

Posted: 31 May 2017 09:45 PM PDT

Todd McClay | Trade

Trade Minister Todd McClay has announced a series of trade-related public, iwi and business events signalling greater public engagement to help New Zealanders identify new opportunities and benefits from trade agreements.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New 72-unit transitional housing complex opens

Posted: 31 May 2017 08:10 PM PDT

Amy Adams | HNZC

A new $12 million transitional housing complex on Puhinui Road in Auckland will help house up to 560 families a year, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams has announced.

The 72-unit building is part of the Governments $354 million support to help 8600 families every year with transitional housing - 3660 of which will be in Auckland.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Progress on Bowel Cancer screening rollout

Posted: 31 May 2017 07:53 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says final preparations are underway for the National Bowel Screening Programme to begin in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

"Every year more than 3,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer and more than 1,200 die from it, so it is important that the programme is now being rolled out," says Dr Coleman.

"Eligible residents, aged 60 to 74, living in those DHB areas will be invited to take part in the National Bowel Screening Programme. Other DHBs will join in stages over the next three years.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Terms of reference for inquiry into State sector productivity released

Posted: 31 May 2017 07:34 PM PDT

Steven Joyce | Finance

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has released the Productivity Commissions terms of reference for their new inquiry into State sector productivity.

"As part of Budget 2017, I announced that the Government is asking the Productivity Commission to conduct an investigation into measuring and improving the productivity and efficiency of core public services in the State sector," says Mr Joyce.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Funding to prevent violent robberies

Posted: 31 May 2017 05:48 PM PDT

Paula Bennett | Police

Police Minister Paula Bennett has announced that $1.8 million will be made available for robbery prevention at dairies, superettes and small local businesses.

"Weve listened to the concerns of shop keepers, thats why weve put aside this money to be used for co-funding for a range of security and prevention measures," Mrs Bennett says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// More diversity in our health workforce

Posted: 31 May 2017 05:35 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme designed to increase the number of health professionals working in communities and roles that have traditionally been difficult to staff is supporting the diversity of the health workforce.

"The Voluntary Bonding Scheme supports new graduates to work in specialty roles or communities that find it hard to attract health professionals.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Budget 2017 invests in core services

Posted: 31 May 2017 05:33 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

Budget 2017 invests more than $32 million for increased health and safety in our aviation and maritime sectors, and to enhance policy advice for our dynamic and rapidly changing transport system, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. "The Government is investing $15.8 million in Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and $3 million in the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), to strengthen their health and safety roles on the water and in the air," Mr Bridges says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Hobsonville clocks up 1000th home

Posted: 31 May 2017 04:58 PM PDT

Amy Adams | HNZC

New Zealands biggest housing development at Hobsonville Point has marked its 1000th new home, Social Housing and Housing New Zealand Minister Amy Adams announced today.

Ms Adams was in Hobsonville Point today with Upper Harbour MP Paula Bennett to welcome the proud new owners of the 1000th house.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Budget 2017: $240m Auckland school property investment unveiled

Posted: 31 May 2017 04:49 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Education

The $240 million investment in Auckland school property under Budget 2017 will add significant capacity to the citys education network, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe.

Ms Kaye announced details of the investment this morning at Stonefields School, which will benefit from a significant investment as part of the overall package.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $7 million funding boost for Samoan tourism

Posted: 31 May 2017 04:30 PM PDT

Bill English | Prime Minister

New Zealand is to contribute $7.3 million towards boosting Samoan tourism, Prime Minister Bill English announced today. Mr English announced the funding on the first day of a visit to Samoa to mark the 55th anniversary of the countrys independence. "New Zealand and Samoa have deep and extensive ties and helping Samoa to develop its tourism industry is a way to further strengthen relations between our countries," Mr English says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Parenting Resource helps kids get best start

Posted: 31 May 2017 04:24 PM PDT

Anne Tolley | Children

Minister for Children Anne Tolley has today launched the Parenting Resource, a new website to help parents give their children the best start in life.

"This resource will help people develop effective parenting skills so they can provide loving, healthy environments where their children can grow into confident adults," says Mrs Tolley.

"It brings together a wide range of information, including practical resources, tips and academic research, and offers support right from pregnancy through to three years of age.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Portal helps inform iwi on Crown land options

Posted: 31 May 2017 03:32 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Maori Development

A free online system makes it easier for iwi to decide whether to invest in Crown properties offered as part of Treaty of Waitangi settlements, says Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

"Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has developed the Crown Property Disposals Portal to give iwi access to information about property no longer needed by the government," says Mr Flavell.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Budget 2017: Extra $6m to support communities

Posted: 31 May 2017 03:27 PM PDT

Alfred Ngaro | Community and Voluntary Sector

The Government will invest $6 million over four years to support prosperous and more resilient communities, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro says.

$1.5 million has been added to the Department of Internal Affairs baseline funding, which means the Community and Voluntary sector will receive a further $6 million in just four years with the additional funding set to continue after 2020/21.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Toolkit to improve health and safety

Posted: 31 May 2017 02:45 PM PDT

Michael Woodhouse | Workplace Relations and Safety

ACC and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced a new Workplace Health and Safety Performance Improvement Toolkit (the Toolkit) to provide businesses with advice and guidance to improve health and safety performance.

"The Toolkit delivers a framework that defines what good health and safety looks like and encourages active involvement and engagement throughout the workplace, from workers and operational managers through to senior leaders and boards," Mr Woodhouse says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Chief Employment Court Judge appointed

Posted: 31 May 2017 02:25 PM PDT

Christopher Finlayson | Attorney-General

Employment Court Judge Christina Inglis has been appointed Chief Judge of the Employment Court to replace Chief Judge Colgan who will retire in July, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Automatic exchange of financial information to begin in New Zealand

Posted: 31 May 2017 01:43 PM PDT

Judith Collins | Revenue

Revenue Minister Judith Collins has today welcomed the start of Inland Revenues information campaign on the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) which is part of the OECD-led effort to combat tax evasion.

From 1 July 2017, financial institutions in New Zealand will be required to identify accounts held or controlled by foreign tax residents, and collect relevant information. This information will be reported to Inland Revenue by 30 June every year.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Final telecommunications reform package announced

Posted: 31 May 2017 01:27 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges today announced the final details of the Governments reform package to improve the Telecommunications Act and modernise the communications sector. The final package will introduce a more predictable utility-style model for Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre, deregulate copper lines where fibre is available, and improve the quality of service for consumers by increasing regulatory oversight.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Game Animal Council appointments announced

Posted: 31 May 2017 12:05 PM PDT

Peter Dunne | Conservation

Associate Conservation Minister Hon Peter Dunne today announced new appointments to the Game Animal Council (GAC). The GAC was established in 2013 for the management of game herds (deer, tahr, chamois and pigs) throughout New Zealand.

"I am pleased to announce that I am appointing three new members to the Council, Richard Burdon, Rachael Dean and Stephen Hall, who will join six sitting Councillors," said Mr Dunne.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Joint Statement recognises valued relationship

Posted: 31 May 2017 12:00 AM PDT

Mark Mitchell | Defence

Defence Minister Mark Mitchell and his Indonesian counterpart, Ryamizard Ryacudu have signed a Joint Statement on Defence Relations today, signalling stronger defence ties between the two countries. Meeting in Jakarta today, the Ministers confirmed the value the two countries place on the bilateral defence relationship, and identified a range of areas of cooperation to further strengthen it. Mr Mitchell says that Indonesia plays a fundamental role in supporting security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

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