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Robin’s return to Mount Taranaki

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed the release of 36 North Island Robin onto Mount Taranaki today.“The release heralds the return of a species not seen or heard on the...


$220m contract signed for third schools PPP

A contract has been signed with the ShapEd consortium to deliver the third schools public private partnership (PPP), Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “I’m pleased to confirm...


NZ artists at prestigious contemporary exhibition

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated three New Zealand artists whose work will be exhibited at documenta -  breaking new ground  for New Zealand art at one...


Redevelopment milestone for Koru School, Mangere

A new two-storey block containing 31 teaching spaces at Koru School in Mangere, Auckland, was opened today by Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye. “The opening of this new block...


Key Hamilton shared pathway opens

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today opened the Western Rail Trail shared pathway, a new link in Hamilton’s growing walking and cycling network. The $6.7 million, 2.7km path is a...


Counting the cost of road crashes

Annual research released today has highlighted the hidden cost we pay for road crashes, says Associate Transport Minister David Bennett. The Ministry of Transport’s annual Social Cost of Road...


Attorney-General to attend Battle of Arras commemorations

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson leaves for France tomorrow to represent New Zealand at commemorations for the centenary of the Battle of Arras. “Members of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company and...


Calls for greater cooperation in peacekeeping training

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, on behalf of the South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting, has issued a Joint Communique agreeing on key areas to collaborate and coordinate. “It was a...


Resource Legislation Amendment Bill: Third Reading Speech

I move that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill be now read a third time. This Bill is a critical part of the Government's programme to increase the supply and...


Second phase RMA Bill passed

The successful passage today of the 250 page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill through its third reading is a major milestone for the Government’s reform programme, Environment Minister Dr Nick...