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Budget 2017: Further $5 million investment in Otago schools

Budget 2017 has already provided for around $19 million to increase capacity in Wanaka and today Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced a further...


Our Social Housing Plan

The National-led Government is helping vulnerable New Zealanders in need of a warm, safe and dry place to live.This year, the Government will spend $2.3 billion supporting 310,000 households with...


First Social Housing Valuation provides valuable insights

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the 2015 Social Housing Valuation as the first step in building a more sophisticated understanding of the factors that affect vulnerable New...


NZ to support training of Cuban doctors

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced the renewal of an agreement between New Zealand and Cuba that will boost medical assistance in Pacific countries. The Cooperation Arrangement was first...


New dementia guidelines for GPs and nurses

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging primary healthcare professionals to use recently published guidelines to help identify early signs of dementia. The eLearning Dementia Education Resource for GPs...


Bill to wipe historical homosexual convictions introduced

A Bill to allow historical convictions for homosexual offences to be removed will help put right a wrong from the past, says Justice Minister Amy Adams. The Criminal Records...


Kaikoura ratings to exclude quake damage

Earthquake damage will not be reflected in any changes to the rating valuations of Kaikoura properties this year, says Land Information Minister Mark Mitchell.“The Government has given approval for the...


More families being helped with housing in Blenheim

Government commitment to housing and partnerships with local providers are helping more families in Blenheim, Associate Minister for Social Housing Alfred Ngaro says. Christchurch Methodist Mission, in partnership with...


Pacific perspective at the forefront with launch of policy tool

Pacific People’s Minister Alfred Ngaro says the launch of Kapasa: the Pacific Policy Analysis Tool, signals a major turning point in government policy decision-making for Pacific peoples.  “Kapasa is...


War on Weeds gets half million regional boost

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says almost $500,000 extra will be spent on regional projects that target the country’s worst weeds. “DOC will fund ten regional and district councils to do...