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New Plymouth Airport asset transfer in the pipeline

The Government and New Plymouth District Council have agreed in principle to transfer New Plymouth Airport to local government ownership, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. “The Crown will transfer...


South Pacific Defence Ministers in NZ for summit

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee will tomorrow welcome counterparts to New Zealand for the 2017 South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting, being held in Auckland. “The South Pacific Defence Ministers Meeting will...


Battle of Passchendaele competition opens

Veterans’ Affairs Minister David Bennett has launched the 2017 Battle of Passchendaele multi-media competition.On 12 October 1917 at the World War One Battle of Passchendaele, 845 New Zealanders died, more...


New appointments to Ngārimu VC & 28th Māori Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board

Minister of Education Hekia Parata today announced six appointments to the Ngārimu VC and 28th Māori Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board. Ms Parata says the Board has a rich...


Cyberbullying law holding offenders to account

Legislation passed in 2015 to curb cyber-bullying is effectively weeding out and punishing the worst offenders, says Justice Minister Amy Adams. “The Harmful Digital Communications Act made it illegal...


NZ condemns attack in Syria

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned the bombing in the northwest of Syria where dozens of people have been killed in a chemical weapons attack.  “I was appalled to...


Minister welcomes sign language initiative

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a free online initiative to help New Zealanders learn New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Learn NZSL is an e-learning resource developed by...


Angolan Foreign Minister welcomed to New Zealand

Foreign Minister Murray McCully welcomes the Angolan Minister of External Relations Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, who he will meet in Wellington today. “This visit presents an opportunity to deepen...


Refreshed cycle network for Wellington underway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges broke ground today on the Hutt Road Cycleway upgrade, the first project in Wellington City’s refreshed Urban Cycleways Programme.“The existing shared path along Hutt Road was...


Address to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs

Thank you for the opportunity to make this address this evening. In one month from now I will have tendered my resignation as New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs,...