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/////////////////////////////////////////// New supercomputing capability for New Zealand

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 08:24 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Science and Innovation

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced an investment of $31.7 million to upgrade New Zealands supercomputing capabilities.

"The existing supercomputers are at the end of their operating lives and energy intensive by todays standards. The new supercomputers will deliver up to 10 times the computing capability and more than four times the storage capacity of their predecessors," says Mr Goldsmith.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Innovation front and centre at Accelerator event

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 08:15 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges has acknowledged the innovation of teams which presented solutions to challenges of dealing with government at a Wellington event today. The R9 Accelerator 3+ Demo Day is the culmination of three months intensive work by teams of entrepreneurs, innovators, and government specialists, each of which devised a solution to a particular challenge. They presented their solutions to potential private sector and government investors.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Drink driving charges halved since 2009

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 07:55 PM PDT

Amy Adams | Justice

Drink driving charges have halved since 2009, says Justice Minister Amy Adams. Latest drink driving offence figures show the number of people charged in 2016 was 16,304 compared to 31,933 in 2009. "Almost 16,000 fewer people were charged with drink driving offences in 2016 compared to 2009. Thats a 49 per cent decrease in seven years, reflecting a better understanding by New Zealanders of the dangers of drink driving," says Ms Adams.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// NZ university rankings strengthened

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 07:50 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed the news that five of New Zealands eight universities have improved their ranking in the annual Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. First published in 2005, the QS ranking examines universities across areas such as reputation, teaching, research and internationalisation to determine an overall ranking for over 900 universities.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $4m grant to Hawke's Bay Opera House

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 07:30 PM PDT

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says Hawkes Bay Opera House in Hastings will receive $4 million in funding for seismic strengthening from the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund. "The Opera House is an important venue for touring performers and this major investment, announced in Hastings by Prime Minister Bill English today, will help future-proof it as a cultural hub for the Hawkes Bay region," Ms Barry says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Green light for up to 71 new homes in Hamilton

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 06:44 PM PDT

Amy Adams | HNZC

The $7 million redevelopment of Jebson Place means warmer and safer houses for the Hamilton community, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams announced today. Work will begin later this year to build up to 71 brand new homes at the Jebson Place site in Hamilton East. Housing New Zealand will invest around $7 million to build and retain at least 26 new homes as social housing, with the remaining 45 houses being developed by Waikato-Tainui.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// PM to lead Pacific Mission to Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 06:35 PM PDT

Bill English | Prime Minister

Prime Minister Bill English will travel to the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga next week leading a delegation of New Zealand Pasifika community leaders, iwi and business representatives. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee and the Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro will accompany the Prime Minister, alongside leaders and representatives of parties from across the House. "The mission is a reflection of the close relationship we have with our Pacific neighbours and the high regard New Zealand places on these relationships," Mr English says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Standardised packaging regulations released

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 04:41 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Regulations standardising the packaging of tobacco products have been approved by Cabinet and released online, Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner and Maori Party Co-Leader Marama Fox say. "More than 5000 New Zealanders die of smoking-related illnesses each year - thats about 14 people per day, or more than one every two hours," Ms Wagner says. "Standardised packaging, along with the existing suite of tobacco control measures and stop smoking services, is the logical next step toward our Smokefree 2025 goal.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Ambassador to Brazil named

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 04:00 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee today named diplomat Chris Langley as New Zealands next Ambassador to Brazil. "Brazil is a global player on issues of importance to New Zealand, and we work closely together on a range of international issues including global trade, international security and climate change," Mr Brownlee says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $5.2m for 28 new tourism infrastructure projects

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 03:33 PM PDT

Paula Bennett | Tourism

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has today announced $5.2 million in co-funding for sixteen councils around New Zealand. Councils from Queenstown to Whangarei will receive funding for 28 new tourism infrastructure projects that include include toilets, showers and parking facilities. Projects were funded through the second round of the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund and provide support for councils with high visitor numbers and small ratepayer bases, says Mrs Bennett.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Telecommunications Commissioner reappointed

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 01:43 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has today announced the reappointment of Dr Stephen Gale as Telecommunications Commissioner and as a member of the Commerce Commission. Dr Gale has been appointed for a further three years starting on 12 July. "The reappointment of Dr Gale recognises his valuable knowledge and expertise in competition and pricing issues, and the significant contribution he has made to the work of the Commission over a number of years," Mr Bridges says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Artificial Intelligence Forum welcomed

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 01:41 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have welcomed the launch of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum to help understand the opportunities and challenges relating to AI in New Zealand. Supported by NZTech, the Forum brings together users of technology, tech firms, academia and government to help connect, promote and advance the AI ecosystem and drive positive social and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New Zealand signs OECD Multilateral Instrument

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 01:25 PM PDT

Judith Collins | Revenue

A new treaty signed in Paris this week is a significant step forward in the fight against base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), says Revenue Minister Judith Collins. "Many BEPS techniques involve tax treaty abuse. The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty-Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (known as the Multilateral Instrument) allows a worldwide network of several thousand tax treaties to be quickly updated to adopt recommendations from the OECDs BEPS Action Plan.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Mandatory registration for social workers

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 08:00 AM PDT

Anne Tolley | Children

Minister for Social Development and Minister for Children Anne Tolley says the introduction of mandatory registration for social workers will increase their skills and professionalism so they can better support New Zealanders. "Social workers play a crucial role in supporting our most vulnerable New Zealanders. They are increasingly dealing with children, young people, adults and families with complex high needs," says Mrs Tolley.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Take a virtual tour of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Greater Christchurch Regeneration

Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says anyone who has not yet visited the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial can now do so online with Google Street View.

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