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Prime Minister’s Youth Programme acknowledges inspirational young people

Around 100 young people who have overcome considerable challenges have been selected to participate in the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) which is taking place this week. “The programme, now...


Better managing New Zealand’s earthquake risks

A big worry in this Trump era of modern politics is that complex issues are dumbed down to 140 character tweets. The beauty of this annual opportunity you give me...


Aftershock risk prompts initiative for facades and parapets

Unreinforced masonry facades and parapets posing a risk to the public in areas like Wellington with a heightened risk of an aftershock from the Kaikoura earthquake need to be secured...


Kiwi safe-zone doubled in Rimutaka ranges

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has today installed the first of 1,200 new stoat traps in Rimutaka Forest Park east of Wellington. “Volunteer groups will check the traps and manage the...


Support for Wellington conservation

Volunteer work to protect the Wellington region’s special places from weeds, pests and predators will receive a valuable boost through the DOC Community Fund, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says. Six...


Up to $4m available as part of Fifth Mātauranga Capability Fund

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have today opened a fifth round of the Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund in...


Minister to travel to Malaysia for refugee selection mission

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse will today travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as part of an Immigration NZ (INZ) selection mission to interview refugee cases who have been submitted for resettlement...


Minimum wage to increase to $15.75

The minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour on 1 April 2017, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced today.


New Plymouth MP and Finance Minister traverse the Pouakai Crossing

Braving multiple seasons in one day including a snow capped mountain, New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young hosted Finance Minister Hon Steven Joyce to complete the Pouakai Crossing. This 19km crossing...


Record number of organ donations encouraging

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says efforts to increase our deceased organ donations and transplant rates have resulted in a record number being carried out in 2016. Organ Donation New Zealand...