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NZ condemns attack in Syria

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned the bombing in the northwest of Syria where dozens of people have been killed in a chemical weapons attack.  “I was appalled to...


Minister welcomes sign language initiative

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a free online initiative to help New Zealanders learn New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Learn NZSL is an e-learning resource developed by...


Angolan Foreign Minister welcomed to New Zealand

Foreign Minister Murray McCully welcomes the Angolan Minister of External Relations Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, who he will meet in Wellington today. “This visit presents an opportunity to deepen...


Refreshed cycle network for Wellington underway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges broke ground today on the Hutt Road Cycleway upgrade, the first project in Wellington City’s refreshed Urban Cycleways Programme.“The existing shared path along Hutt Road was...


Address to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs

Thank you for the opportunity to make this address this evening. In one month from now I will have tendered my resignation as New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs,...


Lebanese Foreign Minister welcomed to NZ

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today welcomed Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to New Zealand. Lebanon is an important partner for New Zealand in the Middle East. During our term...


RMA reform Bill committee stage being debated

Parliament will today debate the committee stage of a Bill that is the second phase of the Government’s substantial reforms to the Resource Management Act (RMA), Environment Minister Dr...


100th employer signs up to offer prisoners jobs

Corrections has signed up its 100th employer to offer prisoners jobs in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Waste Management today, says Corrections Minister Louise Upston. The partnership will...


Dunedin Coroner appointed

Dunedin lawyer David Robinson has been appointed a coroner, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today. He replaces Brigitte Windley who was appointed a coroner in 2015 and now returns to...


New Zealand and Singapore to forge closer ties

New Zealand and Singapore are to pursue an Enhanced Partnership that will significantly boost collaboration between the two countries, their Foreign Ministers, Hon Murray McCully, and Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, announced...