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More sole parents independent of benefits

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people receiving a benefit is continuing to decline year on year, with sole parents driving the biggest reduction in numbers.


Little pledge on Pike Mine dangerous and contradictory

Labour Leader Andrew Little's idea for a law change to give Solid Energy a legal exemption to any liabilities that might arise out of a re-entry to the mine is...


Singapore-NZ Defence relationship celebrated

Joint Statement New Zealand and Singapore’s Defence Ministers Gerry Brownlee and Dr Ng Eng Hen today observed Exercise Thunder Warrior, an artillery live-firing exercise at the Waiouru Training Area. This...


Earthquake: Are you ready?

QUAKES have made us stronger, but are we any wiser?It's around two months since the Kaikoura Earthquake, magnitude 7.8, hit.Strong to severe shaking was felt throughout New Zealand and lasted...


Trade Minister to visit Middle East and Switzerland

Trade Minister Todd McClay will visit the State of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to press for a conclusion to the free trade negotiations between New Zealand and...


Tourism spending strong ahead of summer season

Tourism spending continued to grow throughout most regions in the year to November 2016, providing a solid base ahead of the high summer season, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. According...


Opinion: Resolution 2334 - Preserving the two state solution

The spirit of unanimity in which the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 2334 on December 23 stands in sharp contrast to the condemnation and accusations that have dominated subsequent...


Korean FTA delivers new round of tariff cuts

  More local businesses looking to expand into Korea will benefit from the latest round of tariff reductions under the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement, Trade Minister Todd McClay says....


Inspiring women recognised in 2017 Honours

Some of New Zealand’s most inspiring women have been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list released today. Olympian Valerie Adams, Maori educator Georgina Kingi and former Wellington Mayor...


Educators congratulated on NY Honours

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith have congratulated the 17 New Zealanders who have received New Year Honours for services to education. “There...