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Kiwis invited to design badge for new Navy ship

New Zealanders are being invited to submit a badge design for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s newest and largest-ever ship, HMNZS Aotearoa.“This is a unique opportunity for all New Zealanders...


NZ marks Hong Kong 20th anniversary

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.“The story of Hong Kong’s economic success under the ‘one country,...


Entitlements for veterans and families increase

There is extra financial support for some veterans and their families coming into effect today, says Minister for Veterans’ Affairs David Bennett.Veterans receiving lump-sum payments for suffering a service-related permanent...


McClay announces FTA negotiations with Pacific Alliance

Trade Minister Todd McClay has announced the launch of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru and says better market access and lower tariffs will...


Establishment of City Rail Link Limited

Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have today signed the agreements with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff that establish City Rail Link Limited to assume responsibility from...


First shipments of chilled meat to China underway

The first export consignments of chilled meat have left New Zealand shores bound for China as part of a six month trial, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced...


Film Commission appointments announced

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced two new appointments to the New Zealand Film Commission Board. “The New Zealand Film Commission is successfully bringing our stories...


Education strategy released for consultation

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith has today released the draft New Zealand International Education Strategy for consultation. The draft strategy sets out the government’s proposed vision,...


NZ support for agriculture innovation

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced an $11 million boost to global agricultural research. “New Zealand is a world leader in international agriculture research and we want to help meet...


Major Christchurch rebuild milestone achieved

The completion of construction for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) programme is a major rebuild milestone, the Government and Christchurch City Council say. Transport Minister Simon Bridges...