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Delivering for Kiwi Families

As we launch into 2017 and what will be another busy year, we can have confidence New Zealand is on the right track.


New campaign to get more Aussies to Northland

A new marketing campaign starting this week to attract Australians to Northland is an excellent approach to encouraging tourists to visit the region, says Tourism Minister Paula Bennett. The campaign...


B4 School Checks are giving more new entrants the best start

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more parents are sending their children to school for the first time this week knowing their B4 School Check has picked up any potential health...


Rolleston College officially open

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today officially opened the new Rolleston College in Christchurch. Ms Parata says she was delighted to celebrate the milestone with the Rolleston community. “Today is...


First Encounters 250 commemoration launched

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced a national commemoration to mark the 250th anniversary of the first encounters between Māori and Europeans. In October 2019, First Encounters...


Prisoners refurbish 50 Red Zone homes

A Christchurch family in need will have a new home and prisoners from Rolleston Prison have gained life-changing skills, says Corrections Minister Louise Upston. The Minister visited the Rolleston Prison...


Excise regulations better for alcohol producers

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says new regulations that take effect on 1 February 2017 will streamline the collection of excise and reduce costs for businesses.  “Alcohol manufacturers have told us the current...


School year begins for over 765,000 Kiwi kids

Education Minister Hekia Parata wishes children and young people well as they prepare to head to school from Monday. “A new school year presents new possibilities and challenges. I hope...


Speech at UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017

I am pleased I could speak to you today on behalf of my colleague Hon Chris Finlayson who overseas. I was delighted to be asked to host you at Parliament....


Strong start to summer tourism spending

Nearly every region across New Zealand experienced strong growth in tourism spending this summer, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. According to the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry...