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Government welcomes Productivity Commission report on urban planning

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s report Better Urban Planning.“The report is a comprehensive study of the workings of New Zealand’s current urban planning...


Nicotine e-cigarettes to become legal

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal with appropriate controls. “Scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is...


Speech to the Forum for the Future of Agriculture – Brussels, Belgium

Thank you for the invitation to speak at today's forum in the great city of Brussels. What a fantastic opportunity to exchange ideas on the role agriculture plays in global sustainability.It was a...


New foreign trust webpage

Revenue Minister Judith Collins today welcomed Inland Revenue’s new webpage to help trustees of foreign trusts comply with the new disclosure rules. “Foreign trusts now have to provide significantly...


Ministers welcome $2m in health study grants

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have welcomed $2 million in feasibility study grants announced today by the Health Research Council (HRC).“The Government supports research...


NZ provides $3 million in famine relief

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will provide $3 million to support emergency famine relief and prevention efforts in Africa and Yemen.  “More than 20 million...


Synchrotron a trans-Tasman success story

Science researchers on both sides of the Tasman are benefitting from the Australian Synchrotron facility, visited today by Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith.“As foundation investors in the Australian Synchrotron,...


Successful meeting with Lithuanian Agricultural Minister

New Zealand Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Lithuanian Agriculture Minister Bronius Markauskas met on Monday in Vilnius, Lithuania to discuss a range of agricultural issues in each country. ...


New Tekapo toilets open for business

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner today opened new toilet facilities in Tekapo, co-funded through the Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund. The Mackenzie District Council received $405,000 last...


Family violence pilot helps over 24,000 people

The Integrated Safety Response (ISR) pilot has helped over 24,000 people through the development of more than 8,000 family safety plans, say Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development...