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/////////////////////////////////////////// Small Business continue to drive economy

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Jacqui Dean | Small Business

Small Business Minister Dean has today welcomed the release of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employments 2017 Small Business factsheet.

"The factsheet brings together statistics that relate to small businesses, and provides us with an overview of how valuable they are to the New Zealand economy," Ms Dean says.

"Businesses with fewer than 20 employees make up 97 per cent of all enterprises in New Zealand, and contribute almost $65 billion to our GDP.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Appointment of Judge of the Court of Appeal

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 08:59 PM PDT

Christopher Finlayson | Attorney-General

The Honourable Justice Murray Ashley Gilbert has been appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Over $200,000 environmental funding for Colville Bay

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 07:25 PM PDT

Scott Simpson | Environment

Colville Bay Harbour Care project in the Coromandel has received $201,420 from the Community Environment Fund, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today

"The Colville Bay Harbour Care project is a great example of how a small community group can contribute to bringing about positive change in the environment," Mr Simpson said.

"The purpose of the three-year project is to enable the community to better understand and protect Colville Bay and the rivers, streams and wetlands that feed into Colville Bay Harbour.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Terms of reference for Civil Defence review released

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 05:58 PM PDT

Nathan Guy | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy has released the terms of reference for a review to identify improvements in New Zealands response to natural disasters and other emergencies today.

"In light of recent events such as the November 14 earthquake and fires in Christchurch, now is the right time for a fresh look at the civil defence legislation," says Mr Guy.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $6m for Samoan health system

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 05:10 PM PDT

Bill English | Prime Minister

New Zealand is to put $6.1m towards expanding specialist health services and addressing non-communicable diseases in Samoa, Prime Minister Bill English says. Mr English announced the funding, to be spread over five years, during a visit to Tupua Tamasese National Hospital, in Apia today. While at the hospital, Mr English met with patients and staff, and had the opportunity to see first-hand how New Zealands investments in infrastructure and support of the national health system are benefitting the people of Samoa.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Edgecumbe clean-up teams make good progress

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 05:00 PM PDT

Anne Tolley | Social Development

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today visited the clean-up teams in Edgecumbe which have successfully completed their second week of work.

"The Government has provided up to $500,000 of Enhanced Taskforce Green funding to employ people to assist Whakatane District Council with the clean-up," says Mrs Tolley.

"Three clean-up teams have been working hard over the last two weeks to clear debris from Edgecumbe township and surrounding public spaces, including Thornton Beach Reserve, Edgecumbe Domain and local playgrounds.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Reappointment to Financial Advisers Disciplinary Committee

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 04:22 PM PDT

Jacqui Dean | Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean today announced the reappointment of Tracey Berry as a member of the Financial Advisers Disciplinary Committee for a term of five years. "Ms Berry was appointed to the disciplinary committee in December 2010. Ms Berry brings to the role more than 20 years experience in financial services, specialising in wealth management, regulatory affairs, compliance and distribution," Ms Dean says. "I am pleased to be able to reappoint someone of Ms Berrys calibre to this committee.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Auckland Airport skills hub officially launched

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 04:04 PM PDT

Anne Tolley | Social Development

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the official launch of the Auckland Airport Jobs and Skills Hub - Ara. "Ara is an industry-led skills and employment initiative that connects employers based at the Airport with local jobseekers in South Auckland," says Mrs Tolley. "This skills hub is part of the Governments approach to partner with businesses to deliver wider economic and social benefits.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $30m investment in Bay of Plenty schools

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 03:49 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Education

Around $30 million will be invested in school property in the Bay of Plenty as part of Budget 2017, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe. Ms Kaye visited Pillans Point School in Tauranga today to announce details of the investment, along with MP for Tauranga Simon Bridges and MP for Bay of Plenty Todd Muller. The investment includes:

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Zealander appointed to senior UN role

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 03:31 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today welcomed the appointment of a New Zealander to an important role at the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has confirmed the appointment of New Zealander Jan Beagle to the position of Under-Secretary-General for Management for a term of four years. "This is a significant role with the United Nations given the new Secretary-Generals reform priorities. It is one of a handful of very senior roles within the UN Secretariat," Mr Brownlee says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Assistance for Samoan cocoa growers

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 03:06 PM PDT

Bill English | Prime Minister

Chocolate lovers and Samoan cocoa growers will both benefit from a $4.8m, five-year programme of support for Samoas cocoa industry, Prime Minister Bill English announced in Samoa today. "Samoa has ideal conditions to produce larger amounts of high value, chocolate-grade cocoa," Mr English says. Samoa exported about 5000 tonnes of cocoa annually during the 1960s, but exports have since declined to only 40 to 50 tonnes a year.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Government to ease restrictions on Cannabidiol

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 03:05 PM PDT

Peter Dunne | Health

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says New Zealand is to remove restrictions around cannabidiol (CBD), in line with international developments. CBD is a substance found in cannabis that has potential therapeutic value. It has little or no psychoactive properties, yet it is currently a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. "At present CBD products for therapeutic use are only available if approval is given by the Ministry of Health.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Appointment of Queens Counsel

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 03:05 PM PDT

Christopher Finlayson | Attorney-General

Thirteen lawyers have been appointed Queens Counsel this year, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today. They are:

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Bold new media initiative for children announced

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 03:04 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Communications Minister Simon Bridges and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have welcomed the announcement of a safe, interactive ad-free space for primary school age children to explore and enjoy online local media content. The new media initiative is a collaboration between NZ On Air and TVNZ. The interactive curated website will be run by a newly formed team at TVNZ, utilising the companys expertise and technology.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Young Māori entrepreneurs get workshop help

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 03:03 PM PDT

Te Ururoa Flavell | Economic Development

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is welcoming a partnership with the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) to build entrepreneurship and business skills with rangatahi. A series of five entrepreneurship workshops for Year 10 and 11 Māori students will be held under He kai kei aku ringa (HKKAR) - the Crown-Māori economic growth partnership.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New learning space for Waimate High School

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 02:51 PM PDT

Louise Upston | Education

Associate Minister of Education Louise Upston today opened a new learning space at Waimate High School. The school prioritised funding to upgrade one of its buildings to create three collaborative teaching spaces and modernise its infrastructure and information and communication technology (ICT). "Its fantastic to see Waimate High Schools staff and board of trustees rising to the challenge of modern learning by improving its physical and ICT environment for its students and the wider community," Ms Upston says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Funding for mine clearance in Afghanistan

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 02:45 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

New Zealand will provide $750,000 to support landmine clearance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced. "New Zealand has a long history of involvement in Afghanistan, including support for renewable energy and agriculture projects, as well as the deployment of the New Zealand Defence Force to Bamyan," Mr Brownlee says. "The funding, announced today, will see about $750,000 given to the United Nations Mine Action Service.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Ministers welcome Lions Series kick-off

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 02:22 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges, Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry welcome the kick-off of the DHL NZ Lions Series 2017. The New Zealand Lions Series 2017 will take place from 3 June to 8 July 2017, and will see the British & Irish Lions rugby team play ten matches against New Zealand in seven host cities, including three test matches. The series starts tomorrow night when the Lions take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians at Whangareis Toll Stadium.

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