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/////////////////////////////////////////// Christchurch named NZs Favourite Place to Ride

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 08:08 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced today that Christchurch has taken out the inaugural Top Town Award in the NZ Transport Agencys annual Favourite Places to Ride competition."The competition was close, with Christchurch beating Rotorua and Wellington to take the top title. The award follows significant investment from Government and Christchurch City Council in a city-wide urban network that is making Christchurch increasingly cycle-friendly," Mr Bridges says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Government response to review of retirement income policies

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 07:53 PM PDT

Jacqui Dean | Commerce and Consumer Affairs

The Government has today released its response to the Retirement Commissioners review on retirement income policies, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean says.

"Earlier this year the Government announced key changes to superannuation settings which are in line with the Commissioners recommendation," Ms Dean says.

"The review also addressed other key areas including KiwiSaver settings, the ageing workforce, and assistance to vulnerable groups in retirement.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Wairarapa College to benefit from major redevelopment

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 05:20 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Education

Around $10 million will be invested to redevelop Mastertons Wairarapa College, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe announced today.

"Wairarapa College is one of the oldest schools in the region, and includes buildings with recognised heritage status, such as the main block with its distinctive octagonal tower and arched entranceway," says Ms Kaye.

"However, many of the schools buildings are in poor condition and affected by issues such as water damage.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $14.4m to support Kaikōura earthquake recovery

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 04:49 PM PDT

Nathan Guy | Civil Defence

Minister of Civil Defence Nathan Guy has announced additional support of $14.4 million for Kaikōuras earthquake recovery efforts today.

"This new funding will help repair essential infrastructure and recognises that Kaikōura has a small council and ratepayer base," says Mr Guy.

"The region suffered around $20 million of damage to assets such as water pipes and bore holes after the earthquake. The Government will pay its share of 60 per cent of repair costs upfront by providing cash advances of up to $12 million to the council.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Lead shot phased out for waterfowl hunting

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 04:19 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Conservation

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says she fully supports Fish and Games decision to phase out lead shot for waterfowl hunting. Fish & Games New Zealand Council voted last month to end the exemption which allowed several thousand firearms owners to use lead shot. "By the 2021 shooting season, shotgun owners will have to use non-toxic shot when theyre hunting ducks, swan and pukeko over water," Ms Barry says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Ongoing support for education following Kaikōura quake

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 03:22 PM PDT

Nikki Kaye | Education

Education Minister Nikki Kaye says more funding is being made available to support education in areas affected by last years Kaikōura earthquake. "Budget 2017 provides $810,000 over two fiscal years to Kaikōura," says Ms Kaye. "This new funding comes on top of $645,000 thats already been committed, bringing the total funding to support teachers, principals and staff in the areas 40 schools and early childhood centres to $1.5 million.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// RealMe and SmartStart now foremost personal ID verifier and birth register service

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 03:16 PM PDT

Peter Dunne | Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the growing popularity of services designed to prove who you are online and to get your baby off to the best start is evidence of strong progress being made to make digital government a reality for New Zealanders. "RealMe built up 200,000 verified users over its first two and a half years but achieving the 300,000 mark only took a further seven months and now people are using their secure, trusted and verified online identities up to 24,000 times per month during peak periods.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Over 500 new engineers just the start

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 03:15 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

The Engineering e2e programme achieving its goal of 500+ engineering graduates per year by 2017 a year early will be welcome news for industry, says Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith. "Its very pleasing to see all the hard work by Engineering e2e, Futureintech, tertiary institutions, engineering professional organisations and others has really paid off," Mr Goldsmith says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Roadshows to support Māori small businesses

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 03:12 PM PDT

Jacqui Dean | Maori Development

Small Business Minister Jacqui Dean, and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell are looking forward to meeting with Māori businesses when the Small Business Roadshow travel to Kaitaia and Whakatāne later this month. "The Small Business Roadshow has been traveling around Aotearoa, connecting small businesses with government services," Ms Dean says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// International education growth continues

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 02:52 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

New Zealands international education industry grew six per cent to 131,609 student enrolments in 2016, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today. The International Education Dashboard for 2016 shows an overall increase of 7,245 international student enrolments from a broader range of countries, and that a majority of regions in New Zealand experienced growth.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// US to share more tax information about multinationals with New Zealand

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 02:26 PM PDT

Judith Collins | Revenue

Inland Revenue will receive more information about US multinationals operating in New Zealand following the signing of a new bilateral arrangement with the US Internal Revenue Service to share country-by-country reports. Revenue Minister Judith Collins says this is great news as it means Inland Revenue will have better information about how multinationals allocate profits from their operations here. "This will further enhance Inland Revenues risk assessment processes to make sure that the right amount of tax is being paid," she says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Family violence response guides launched

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 02:25 PM PDT

Amy Adams | Justice

New guides to support the family violence sector to provide consistent and effective help to victims and perpetrators are being launched today by Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley at the Family Violence Summit in Wellington. Over 120 key players in the family violence sector are attending the Summit today to build on conversations to date about how to work together better to tackle New Zealands horrific rate of family violence.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Smarter Transport Pricing project gets underway in Auckland

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 02:07 PM PDT

Steven Joyce | Finance

The Government and Auckland Council have agreed on Terms of Reference to establish a project to investigate smarter transport pricing in Auckland.

"Alongside our current multi-billion dollar transport investment in Auckland, we need to look at new ways of managing demand on our roads to help ease congestion. Smarter transport pricing has the potential to be part of the solution," Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Renewed Policy Targets Agreement signed

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 01:48 PM PDT

Steven Joyce | Finance

A renewed Policy Targets Agreement (PTA), which sets out specific targets for maintaining price stability has been signed by Finance Minister Steven Joyce and incoming Acting Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer. "Earlier this year I announced that Deputy Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer will be appointed as the Acting Governor of the Bank for six months, following the expiry of current Governor Graeme Wheelers term on September 26 this year," Mr Joyce says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Guaranteed hours for home & community workers going well

Posted: 06 Jun 2017 01:25 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is pleased with how the implementation of guaranteed hours for home and community support workers is tracking. "Home and community support workers play a vital role in assisting older people, disabled people, and those recovering from injury or illness, with household and personal care needs," says Dr Coleman. "In October last year, the Ministry of Health, DHBs, home support providers and unions reached an agreement requiring support workers to be guaranteed hours according to what they usually work.

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