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/////////////////////////////////////////// Appointment of Tauranga Crown Solicitor

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 08:54 PM PDT

Christopher Finlayson | Attorney-General

Tauranga lawyer Anna Pollett has been appointed Crown Solicitor for Tauranga, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

She takes over the role from Greg Hollister-Jones following his appointment to the District Court Bench in March 2017.

Ms Pollett graduated from Victoria University with an LLB in 2002 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court in 2003. She is an experienced criminal lawyer who has served 14 years as a Crown prosecutor and appeared for the Crown in a wide variety of criminal matters.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Prime Ministers Business Scholarships awarded

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 07:49 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges has announced the recipients of the Prime Ministers business scholarships. The successful applicants will be provided a unique opportunity to expand their international connections and expertise, and help grow and develop New Zealand businesses on the world stage.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// More than 4,000 EVs now on NZ roads

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 07:25 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins have announced the Governments 2017 electric vehicle (EV) registrations target has been achieved 5 months early.

"This is great news and a reflection of the work undertaken by the Government and private sector in normalising the purchase and integration of EVs into the New Zealand vehicle fleet," Mr Bridges says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Pay Equity Bill introduced

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 06:36 PM PDT

Michael Woodhouse | Workplace Relations and Safety

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse has today introduced the Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill to Parliament. "The Bill implements the recommendations made by the Joint Working Group and aims to address one of the material barriers to achieving pay equity," Mr Woodhouse says. "The Bill provides a practical and fair process for employees to follow if they feel they are not being paid what their job is worth.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Government responds to tertiary education report

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 06:20 PM PDT

Steven Joyce | Finance

Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Paul Goldsmith have today released the Governments response to the most extensive review of tertiary education in more than a decade, and outlined its plan for delivering a responsive, innovative, and effective tertiary education system.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam to visit NZ

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 05:00 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

Viet Nams Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue will arrive in New Zealand today for talks with ministers, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced. "Viet Nam is one of our most important partners in South East Asia," Mr Brownlee says. "Trade has grown 150 per cent since 2009 and continues to rise. We are seeing strong growth in student numbers too. "We are now working towards an ambitious $2.3 billion target for two-way trade by 2020 - thats compared with a little less than $1.3 billion now.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Launch of Alcohol Interlock Pilot second phase

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 04:37 PM PDT

Louise Upston | Corrections

This week the second phase of the alcohol interlock pilot is being launched nationally, including active involvement with the offenders probation officers, says Corrections Minister Louise Upston. $694,000 has been secured from the Justice Sector Fund for phase two of the Alcohol Interlock pilot. Phase two will see Corrections fund a further 240 alcohol interlock devices for eligible offenders serving community sentences for drink driving offences.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Ka Hao: Māori Digital Technology Development Fund recipients announced

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 03:47 PM PDT

Paul Goldsmith | Maori Development

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have today announced the recipients of the first round for the Ka Hao: Māori Digital Technology Development Fund. "The first round of funding for Ka Hao will provide a total of $3.6 million for the 20 successful applicants," says Mr Flavell. "There are some really exciting initiatives ranging from online te reo tools to environmental monitoring systems which will provide skilled opportunities for whānau.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// NZ sharing energy expertise around the globe

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 03:03 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee says New Zealands renewable energy expertise are in demand worldwide as our Development Programme continues to help Pacific Island nations achieve renewable energy targets. Mr Brownlee has welcomed the signing of a Partnership Arrangement between New Zealand and the African Union Commission to establish the New Zealand - Africa Geothermal Facility.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Ministers give land consents on Taratahi purchase of Telford Campus

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 02:58 PM PDT

Nathan Guy | Primary Industries

Land consents necessary to allow Taratahi Agricultural Training Centres acquisition of Lincoln Universitys Telford Campus to proceed have been given today by Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Louise Upston. Wairarapa-based Taratahi has been negotiating with Lincoln on the purchase of the Balclutha campus since 2016. While the commercial decisions regarding the sale were the responsibility of Taratahi and Lincoln, legislation required that Ministers approval be given for the transfer of any associated properties or leases.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Funding for Suicide Mortality Review Committee

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 01:57 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister Peter Dunne have announced that, following a successful trial, the Ministry of Health will extend its funding for the Suicide Mortality Review Committee (SuMRC). "Our suicide rate is too high, particularly the rates for youth and specifically Maori and Pacific young people," says Dr Coleman. "Although wider interventions and support have been made available, there is always more we can do.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New tools to help meet climate change targets

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 12:46 PM PDT

Paula Bennett | Climate Change Issues

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett is today announcing a package of changes that the Government will make to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to ensure it puts New Zealand in the best possible position to achieve its ambitious 2030 emissions reduction target. "In 2015 the Government initiated a review of the ETS to ensure it was fit for purpose going into the 2020s," says Mrs Bennett.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// McClay says NZ-Thailand economic relationship upgraded

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 02:22 AM PDT

Todd McClay | Trade

Trade Minister Todd McClay says Thailand and New Zealand have agreed to market access improvements for our exporters and announced a new agricultural cooperation programme.

"In Bangkok today we signed an agreement increasing the volume of New Zealand dairy products that can enter Thailand under a preferential tariff rate. For some products this will mean a preference increase of between 10 and 20 per cent," Mr McClay says.

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