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Tax bill increases fairness, modernises tax system

A new tax bill introduced into Parliament today will help modernise our tax administration while ensuring that the current system works as it should, says Revenue Minister Judith Collins.“The Taxation...


Celebration of Christchurch school rebuild milestones

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will visit three Christchurch schools today to celebrate the completion of new classrooms and facilities, which are part of redevelopment projects valued at around...


Construction starts on $30m Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery, Christchurch

A blessing and sod turning this morning will mark the start of construction of the new, $30 million Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school in Christchurch, says Associate Education Minister Nikki...


Update to travel advisory on Gallipoli Anzac Day commemorations

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today announced that New Zealand has updated its travel advice for Turkey.  “The advice for New Zealand citizens reflects information received that suggests terrorists may...


Fiji and NZ to partner on maritime surveillance

New Zealand will deploy a Royal New Zealand Navy Inshore Patrol Vessel and crew to Fiji for six months from May, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. Mr Brownlee and...


Heightened readiness for Stink Bug threat

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says activities to prevent the establishment of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) have ramped up over summer and helped raise public awareness of...


Commissioners of Intelligence Warrants appointed

Prime Minister Bill English has announced that Sir Bruce Robertson and Warwick Gendall have been appointed as Commissioners of Intelligence Warrants.Sir Bruce has also been appointed Chief Commissioner of Intelligence...


Protecting vulnerable native species with 1080 gets results

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says successful breeding results for several of our most vulnerable native birds come as a result of using 1080 to kill predators. “New results from...


$100k iwi youth development partnership

A new $100,000 partnership will see around 120 young people from or affiliated to Waikato-Tainui, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Kahungunu supported to attend the Turongo me Maahina-a-rangi – Leaders...


Positive outlook for forestry sector

Associate Primary Industries Minister Louise Upston has welcomed new forecasts showing forestry export revenue set to rise further over the next two financial years.The Ministry for Primary Industries’ first quarterly...