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One million cent student scholarship announced

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Goldsmith has today announced a new $10,000 scholarship for a current or prospective international student. “International education is now our fourth largest export...


Second care reform Bill passes third reading

The second stage of major reform to New Zealand’s care and protection system reached a key milestone today with the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation...


Apology to men convicted of historical homosexual offences and First Reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill

I move, that the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill be now read a first time, I nominate the Justice and Electoral Committee to consider...


Historic moment for NZ gay community

A Bill introducing a scheme to wipe convictions for historical homosexual offences passed its first reading in Parliament today with unanimous support, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.The passing of the...


Government to consider Ruahine land swap decision

The Government will consider the implications of today’s Supreme Court decision on conservation land swaps, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.“The 84-page decision deals with a number of very complex issues...


Maximising health and wellbeing in later life

A new video promoting the Healthy Ageing Strategy is all about maximising the health and wellbeing of older New Zealanders, Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says. Ms Wagner released...


Customs top in excellence awards

Customs Minister Tim Macindoe warmly congratulates Customs on its win at the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand excellence awards last night. Customs won the Excellence in Regulatory Systems...


Another Opposition housing myth busted

Claims by Opposition parties that building consent figures are not a reliable measure of new home completions have been disproved by a Statistics New Zealand report released today, Building...


Ngāti Tamaoho Treaty settlement bill passes first reading

The House of Representatives sat through extended sitting hours this morning to pass the Ngāti Tamaoho Claims Settlement Bill through its first reading. The Bill has been referred to...


Grant to support innovative coastal dune protection trial

Pest koi carp will be processed as a native plant fertiliser in a dune restoration programme, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. The $108,000 grant to the Coastal...