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McClay says NZ-Thailand economic relationship upgraded

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...


New Zealand congratulated on Predator Free campaign

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the Predator Free 2050 project is making good progress on the first anniversary of its announcement at Zealandia in Wellington.“Today marks one year since the...


Health harnessing social media & data to predict epidemics

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new project is seeking to establish if tracking trends on social media and unconventional data can help predict outbreaks and further improve our responses...


Nationwide commitment to ending elder abuse

Minister for Seniors Maggie Barry has welcomed the commitment to protecting older people shown at the first Elder Abuse Response Service provider’s forum. “Over 2000 cases of elder abuse...


$1.25m boost for recycling farm plastic waste

The Government’s Waste Minimisation fund has granted $1.25 million to support the upgrade and recommissioning of EnviroNZ’s plastic extrusion plant in Christchurch, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today....


Plasback agricultural plastic recycling scheme reaccredited

Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson visited Agpac Ltd’s Plasback, congratulated them on the scheme’s successful recycling of agricultural plastic, and announced Plasback’s reaccreditation as a Product Stewardship Scheme. “Plasback...


New talks with UK to strengthen friendship

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed further engagement between New Zealand and the United Kingdom. “The establishment of a people-to-people dialogue has been announced during Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s...


Battle of Passchendaele competition winners announced

Education Minister Nikki Kaye and the Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have announced the winning students who will be flying to Belgium to attend the 100th anniversary...


Household incomes continuing to rise

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says MSD’s latest Household Incomes Report shows median household incomes rose three per cent in real terms in the year to June 2016. “This increase...


Helping more kids learn to ride a bike for life

Transport Minister Simon Bridges and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse have welcomed an initiative for the development of a national cycling education system aimed at getting more kids riding bikes...