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Suspension of decision making authority

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse is taking steps to improve Immigration New Zealand’s decision making authority for cases involving residence class visa holders convicted of a criminal offence. “Currently, Immigration...


PM announces changes to ministerial portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and...


McCully to Viet Nam to further Vietnamese partnership

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Ha Noi today to meet Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and President Tran Dai Quang. “New Zealand’s relationship with...


Kiwis encouraged to recognise service with service

Volunteering is one of the best ways we can honour the ANZAC spirt, says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro. ‘Serve for New Zealand’, an initiative run by...


New Zealand to participate in Expo 2020 in Dubai

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Trade Minister Todd McClay have announced that New Zealand will participate in World Expo 2020, to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates....


Civil Defence improvements to be highlighted

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has established a Technical Advisory Group to identify where improvements in New Zealand’s Civil Defence structure could be made. In March, Mr Brownlee convened...


Bridges to travel to the United Arab Emirates

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tomorrow for meetings with Ministerial counterparts in Dubai.“New Zealand’s relationship with the UAE continues to go from...


Minister welcomes aged care research

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming new research about the care and support needs of older Maori.In 2013, the Government invested $1.8 million in Life and Living in...


Further support for North Canterbury & Marlborough

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced an additional $500,000 investment to boost the post-earthquake support package for North Canterbury and Marlborough families. “The Government is committed to ensuring the...


Better regulation through better impact analysis

Regulatory Reform Minister, Paul Goldsmith, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regulatory Reform, David Seymour, say changes to Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) requirements will lead to better informed decision making by...