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104,000 kids to benefit from Fruit in Schools

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says over 104,000 students will benefit from the Fruit in Schools programme as kids settle back into school. “We're continuing to get overwhelmingly positive feedback from...


New NZSL achievement standards and resources

Education Minister Hekia Parata today welcomed the release of NCEA Level 3 achievement standards and assessment resources for New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “These new achievement standards and assessment resources...


Secure unit for high-risk offenders opened

Corrections Minister Louise Upston today opened a new residential facility at Christchurch Men’s Prison that will accommodate high-risk sexual or violent offenders subject to Public Protection Orders. “The Matawhāiti Residence...


Prime Minister meets Pike River families

The Prime Minister has met with the Pike River Mine families today, saying he acknowledges their loss and suffering. “The families want to recover their loved ones and ensure such...


Tighter foreign trust rules, simpler business tax Bill passes third reading

A Bill that tightens the foreign trust disclosure rules, simplifies tax processes and reduces or eliminates use-of-money interest for most business taxpayers passed its final stage in Parliament today. “The...


Carbon emitters on way to paying full costs

Emitters are now on their way to paying the full cost of their carbon emissions in New Zealand, says Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett. “As part of our ongoing work...


New report shows benefits of investing in stock water systems

A new study released today on the use of reticulated stock water systems shows major environmental and economic gains for farmers, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy. “This is the...


Enabling faster and better urban development

Public consultation has opened on proposed legislation to fast track the redevelopment and regeneration of urban areas to better meet housing and commercial needs, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick...


Appointment of Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal Adjudicator

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean today announced a new appointment to the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal. “I am pleased to announce the Governor-General has appointed Brett...


Northland motorway making steady progress

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the indicative route announced today for a new motorway between Auckland and Northland is a significant step forward in improving travel between the two regions....