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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...


Pukeahu National War Memorial Park wins prestigious landscape award

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says Pukeahu National War Memorial Park’s overall win at this year’s New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture annual awards is a fitting...


Disclosure scheme helping to prevent violence

A potentially life-saving scheme that allows Police to disclose a person’s violent past to a partner or friend has been used 158 times since it was launched, say Police...


Flu immunisation campaign launched

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today launched the annual influenza immunisation campaign at Unichem Miramar Pharmacy, Wellington.“More than one million New Zealanders get immunised against influenza each year,” says Dr Coleman.“A...


$1.4b surplus in Crown Accounts to February

The Crown accounts for the eight months to 28 February posted a $1.4 billion operating surplus before gains and losses, $912 million better than expected at the half yearly...


Tax bill increases fairness, modernises tax system

A new tax bill introduced into Parliament today will help modernise our tax administration while ensuring that the current system works as it should, says Revenue Minister Judith Collins.“The Taxation...


Celebration of Christchurch school rebuild milestones

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will visit three Christchurch schools today to celebrate the completion of new classrooms and facilities, which are part of redevelopment projects valued at around...