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Corrections and Horticulture NZ to build on relationship

Corrections Minister Louise Upston says an initiative between Corrections and Horticulture New Zealand is proving beneficial to the department’s goal of turning offenders’ lives around. Following the successful first...


New High Commissioner to Vanuatu

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced diplomat Jonathan Schwass as High Commissioner to Vanuatu. “New Zealand and Vanuatu have close and long-standing ties,” Mr Brownlee says. “In the last...


Launch of the Wilding Conifer Information System

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for coming to the launch of the Wilding Conifer Information System. I’d like to acknowledge my colleague, the Minister of Conservation, Maggie Barry, who...


New Christchurch primary school to open in 2019

Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the formal establishment of the new $11 million primary school for Halswell in Christchurch, which will now open in 2019. “The Halswell area...


$300,000 to help preserve native bush and fauna

The Forest Bridge Trust has been awarded $300,000 from the Community Environment Fund, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. “The vision of The Forest Bridge Trust is to...


Major overhaul for IRD social policy payments

The Government is planning major changes to how IRD pays social support so that people can know better what their entitlements are and be sure of receiving the right...


Minister pays tribute to Cliff Whiting

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has paid tribute to the legacy of master carver Cliff Whiting, who has passed away at the age of 81. “Cliff Whiting...


New project to help Napier’s homeless

Chronically homeless people in Napier will be helped off the street and into warm, safe housing where they will receive wraparound services to help them get their lives back...


MSD & The Warehouse expand youth initiative

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley welcomes today’s expansion of the Red Shirts in Community programme where around 1,000 young jobseekers will gain work experience and earn NCEA credits.“It’s great to...


Roll-out of national bowel screening begins

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the start of the bowel screening programme is a major milestone for the New Zealand health system, and will ultimately save lives. “This week...