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/////////////////////////////////////////// Update to lending code focuses on credit contract fees

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 05:53 PM PDT

Jacqui Dean | Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Today Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean issued updates to the fees section of the Responsible Lending Code.

"The Code gives lenders guidance on how to implement the new obligations set out in the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA)," Ms Dean says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// National commemoration to mark Messines centenary

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 05:44 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

A national commemoration to mark the heavy price paid by New Zealand troops at Messines a hundred years ago will be streamed online tomorrow so all Kiwis can pay their respects to the 700 who died in the battle on 7 June 1917.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says the ceremony will reflect on the desolation at Messines Ridge and New Zealands enduring relationship with Belgium.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Canterbury wellbeing data shows positive trends

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 04:24 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Greater Christchurch Regeneration

Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner is welcoming data released today on the wellbeing of greater Christchurch residents.

The latest Greater Christchurch Dashboard - Wellbeing, which uses data from Canterbury District Health Boards Canterbury Wellbeing Survey, shows more than eight out of 10 greater Christchurch residents rate their quality of life as good or extremely good.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Strong Crown Accounts in April

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 03:13 PM PDT

Steven Joyce | Finance

The Government accounts for the ten months to 30 April 2017 show a surplus of $2.5 billion, although about $1 billion of that is due to timing differences that are expected to reverse out in May, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $12 million to fluoridate more drinking water

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 02:31 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Budget 2017 has committed $12 million over four years to fund the infrastructure needed to fluoridate more drinking water, say Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.

"While New Zealands oral health has improved dramatically over the last 30 years, we still have high rates of preventable tooth decay," says Dr Coleman.

"Public drinking water currently supplies about 85 per cent of the population. Of those on public water supplies, 54 per cent receive fluoridated water.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Appointments to the Electricity Authority

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 01:31 PM PDT

Judith Collins | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Lana Stockman and Mark Sandelin to the Electricity Authority. The Electricity Authority is an independent Crown entity established in November 2010. It is responsible for the governance and regulation of the electricity market and its objective is to promote competition, reliable supply, and the efficient operation of the electricity sector for the long term benefit of consumers.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Conservation achievements honoured

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 12:15 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

The achievements of dedicated conservation workers and volunteers have been recognised in this years Queens Birthday Honours list released today.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated the recipients and says everyone on the list has been recognised for the exceptional work they do for their local communities and New Zealand.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Minister congratulates honours' recipients

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 12:15 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated the recipients of the 2017 Queens Birthday Honours announced today.

"There are inspiring and committed people working hard every day to help tell New Zealands stories through art, music, theatre, ballet, opera and broadcasting," Ms Barry says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Zealanders' work for Seniors honoured

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 12:15 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Seniors

A woman who has given more than 45 years service to older New Zealanders has been made a Dame in the Queens Birthday Honours released today.

The Minister for Seniors, Maggie Barry, has congratulated Dame Peggy Koopman-Boyden on being made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Minister to attend UN Ocean conference

Posted: 03 Jun 2017 03:11 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is to attend the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York this week and will host the UN Secretary Generals launch of The World Ocean Assessment.

"New Zealand and Barbados co-chaired the process which led to the publication of this landmark document that will help inform the discussion around how we save our oceans," Ms Barry says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// PM condemns London attack

Posted: 03 Jun 2017 02:10 PM PDT

Bill English | Prime Minister

Prime Minister Bill English has condemned the latest terror attack in London and reiterated New Zealands commitment to the international fight against violent extremism. "Too many lives are being taken by terrorists set on inflicting pain and suffering on innocent people," says Mr English. "No one should be forced to live in fear, no matter their race or religion, their politics or their beliefs.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// More social housing coming on board in Tauranga & Papamoa

Posted: 02 Jun 2017 04:00 PM PDT

Amy Adams | Social Housing

Almost 220 new social and transitional places are on the way for Tauranga and Papamoa, the Government has today confirmed.

"Were on track to have 68 short term transitional housing places available in Tauranga and Papamoa by the end of the year. This will mean we can support up to 272 families in Tauranga and Papamoa every year while long term solutions are found," says Ms Adams.

"Of those 68 places, 21 places are already open.

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