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/////////////////////////////////////////// Report shows drop in pregnancy smoking rate

Posted: 08 Aug 2017 10:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister Nicky Wagner welcome a new report which shows a continued downward trend in the percentage of pregnant women smoking. The latest Report on Maternity shows 14.2 per cent of pregnant women smoked early in their pregnancy, down 2 per cent compared to 2008. Thats around 1,170 fewer pregnant women smoking compared to seven years ago. "Evidence shows the earlier pregnant women quit smoking, the better the chances are for their baby," says Dr Coleman.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Govt sets out path to better freshwater

Posted: 08 Aug 2017 09:09 PM PDT

Nick Smith | Environment

The Governments new National Policy Statement (NPS) on Freshwater Management will deliver cleaner lakes and rivers with ambitious new targets for improving their recreational and ecological health, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// New benefits for Electric Vehicle owners

Posted: 08 Aug 2017 08:24 PM PDT

Simon Bridges | Transport

Operators of electric vehicles (EVs) are set to benefit from rule changes which will see heavy electric vehicles exempt from road user charges and potentially allow drivers of electric vehicles to use bus and high occupancy vehicle lanes, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

From 1 September 2017 heavy EVs will be exempt from road user charges, which otherwise apply to vehicles that do not pay for petrol at the pump, until they make up two per cent of New Zealands heavy vehicle fleet.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Service sector regional training plans launched

Posted: 08 Aug 2017 06:26 PM PDT

Louise Upston | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Louise Upston has welcomed the launch of 10 regional skills roadmaps to help the service industry tailor training according to the needs of the regional workforce.

The regional roadmaps were developed jointly by the service sector industry training organisation ServiceIQ and the service industries including tourism, hospitality, retail and aviation.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// $7 million safety upgrade for Taupo bypass

Posted: 08 Aug 2017 05:00 PM PDT

Tim Macindoe | Transport

The Government is investing $7 million in a major safety upgrade project to help reduce serious and fatal crashes on the Taupo Bypass section of State Highway One, Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe says.

Ten kilometres of the East Taupo Arterial Road, between the Wairakei roundabout and the SH5 Napier-Taupo Road roundabout, will be widened and a median flexible safety barrier will be installed. Rumble strips will also be added and minor improvements will be made to the two roundabouts.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Productivity Commission inquiry into low carbon economy commences

Posted: 08 Aug 2017 03:14 PM PDT

Paula Bennett | Climate Change Issues

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett and Finance Minister Steven Joyce have welcomed the release of the Productivity Commissions issues paper for the inquiry into how New Zealand can maximise the opportunities and minimise the costs and risks of transitioning to a lower carbon economy.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Options to trim employer PAYE costs proposed

Posted: 08 Aug 2017 03:09 PM PDT

Judith Collins | Revenue

Revenue Minister Judith Collins has today welcomed the release of a tax officials paper, seeking feedback on options to reduce the cost to employers of administering PAYE information.

"We are aware that certain aspects of PAYE, such as correcting simple errors and sending that information to Inland Revenue, are still largely manual. This can impose excessive compliance costs on business.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Supporting young people transition out of care

Posted: 08 Aug 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Anne Tolley | Children

Minister for Children Anne Tolley says a new pilot which provides semi-independent accommodation and life skills for young people transitioning out of care will provide young people with more support.

"Young people in care have told us that they need options for where they can live as they transition out of care," says Mrs Tolley.

"The Ministry is working in partnership with three providers in Auckland and Wellington to pilot a new supported living arrangement for young people.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// McClay to register Queensland First concerns in Canberra

Posted: 07 Aug 2017 10:00 AM PDT

Todd McClay | Trade

Trade Minister Todd McClay will meet with his Australian counterpart Steven Ciobo tomorrow in Canberra to register New Zealands concerns about a state procurement proposal which favours local Queensland tenders over all others. Mr McClay says that the Queensland First policy proposed by the State Premier goes against the spirit of the Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement which was signed 20 years ago this month.

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