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/////////////////////////////////////////// Combating protectionism and launch of EU negotiations high on McClay's Paris agenda

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 05:12 PM PDT

Todd McClay | Trade

Trade Minister Todd McClay says the OECD Trade and Economic Ministers Council Meeting in Paris this week will be an important opportunity for New Zealand to show continued leadership on trade liberalisation.

Mr McClay leaves today for the two-day event where he will meet with ministers from over 40 countries.

"The theme of this years meeting is Making Globalisation Work and it fits well with the priorities outlined in Trade Agenda 2030, the Governments new trade strategy," Mr McClay says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Protection order proposed for NZs largest, clearest springs

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 05:02 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Environment

An application for a Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand has been accepted and referred to a special tribunal, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

"The Waikoropupū Springs are the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand and contain the clearest water measured anywhere in the world. These iconic waters are well deserving of consideration for a WCO - the highest protection possible for a water body," Dr Smith says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Community and Pacific leaders honoured

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 02:38 PM PDT

Alfred Ngaro | Community and Voluntary Sector

The Minister for Pacific Peoples and the Community and Voluntary Sector, Alfred Ngaro, says this years Queens Birthday Honours list recognises the depth of leadership and commitment of those working in the community.

58 leaders have been honoured for their service, including eight from the Pacific community.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Successful FAST stroke campaign returns

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 02:01 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the successful national campaign highlighting the signs of a stroke and the need to act quickly is being repeated.

The FAST campaign focuses on the key signs of a stroke and emphasises the swift action needed if youre concerned.

"Each year in New Zealand about 9,000 people have a stroke. Early identification and treatment is crucial to reduce the likelihood of brain damage and lasting harm," says Dr Coleman.

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