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Closer Taiwan trade and cultural exchanges planned

28 April 2015 - 12:16pm

Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development and the Council of indigenous Peoples of Taiwan are advancing plans to work closer together to facilitate trade and cultural exchanges.

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NZ USAR team stood down

28 April 2015 - 10:27am

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says that the New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue team due to leave for Nepal overnight has been stood down.

"New Zealand is committed to helping the people of Nepal recover from the devastating earthquake which struck on ANZAC Day," Mr McCully says.

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Kaikoura committee focuses on water management priorities

28 April 2015 - 9:35am

The Kaikoura Zone Committee will meet for its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, 29 April to discuss local water management issues.

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Internationalisation 'key to student success'

28 April 2015 - 9:11am

The growing need to internationalise the world’s universities to properly equip today’s students for our globalised world was highlighted by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce at the FAUBAI international education conference in Cuiabá, Brazil, today.

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'Precautionary approach' to managing stop bank contamination

28 April 2015 - 8:00am

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is implementing control measures around part of the Kopeopeo Canal after recent laboratory data indicated there were elevated dioxins in stop bank surface soils.

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Chris Ford: John Key and Ponytailgate - he may have won the political battle but may not win the legal war

27 April 2015 - 7:57pm

Last week's revelations about John Key and his forceful pulling of Auckland waitress Amanda Bailey's hair in the cafe she worked at caused a real storm.

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Prime Minister opens new Embassy in Dubai

27 April 2015 - 7:08pm

Prime Minister John Key today officially opened the new premises of the New Zealand Consulate-General in Dubai.

The new office will house the Consulate, and offices of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Immigration NZ, and the Ministry of Primary Industries.

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Chris Ford: Anzac Day - lest we forget those who do not fit the ideal

27 April 2015 - 6:22pm

Anzac Day 2015 has been and gone. The centennial Anzac Day has been full of the usual bonhomie about us lest not forgetting the sacrifice of our soldiers abroad over the last century. Of course, they should be remembered, it goes without saying.

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Support tenants to make choices - NZPIF

27 April 2015 - 5:39pm

‘Tenants should not be living in rentals such as the five selected for a visit last week by a Member of Parliament, "says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF).

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Worker safety 'top of mind tomorrow and beyond'

27 April 2015 - 5:23pm

Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorated tomorrow, is both a time to reflect and to encourage a better safety culture in all workplaces, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway.

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Poroporoaki for Lady Martha Taiaroa

27 April 2015 - 4:57pm

Ngarue ana te whenua, ngaoko ana te moana i te hinganga o ngā totara o te wao, ā, mō wai ana tērā i te maunga o ngā kākā haetara.

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Communities forced to stomach water woes - King

27 April 2015 - 12:26pm

Confirmation by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman that he is to wind up a water quality improvement scheme will leave thousands of Kiwis with no alternative but to continue boiling their drinking water, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

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Minister 'does nothing' while Hato Petera fights for its life

27 April 2015 - 11:35am

New Zealand First is calling for a mediator to break the impasse between Auckland school Hato Petera and the Catholic Church before the iconic institution is forced to close.

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If left so keen on Living Wage, 'let's have the vote again'

27 April 2015 - 10:03am

Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer says claims that a 2013 vote by councillors on the Living Wage was lost because of the Mayor’s affair is absolute rubbish and if the Left are still so keen on council adopting the policy, they should put it back on the table as part of Auckland Council’s 10-

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Govt told to get Search and Rescue teams to Nepal - NZ First

27 April 2015 - 9:30am

New Zealand First is accusing the government of being a bad Samaritan by not immediately dispatching Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams to Nepal.

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Prime Minister-led trade mission kicks off

27 April 2015 - 4:46am

The Prime Minister has kicked off the Gulf trade mission by meeting the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and leading business figures.

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Speech to open of NZ-Dubai Business Seminar - John Key

26 April 2015 - 6:53pm

Rt Hon John Key

Prime Minister

26 April 2015

Speech to open of NZ-Dubai Business Seminar at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce

It’s a pleasure to be with you here in Dubai this morning to open this business seminar.

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Labour calls for immediate humanitarian aid for Nepal

26 April 2015 - 1:40pm

The Government should act immediately to help with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.

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Trade first then talk human rights with Saudi Arabia - Key

26 April 2015 - 1:18pm

John Key has defended his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia, saying a free trade agreement with the Kingdom will allow the two parties to talk about a ‘range of issues’ including human rights abuses.

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Ponytail pulling situation 'the opposite of a power imbalance'

26 April 2015 - 1:18pm

Prime Minister John Key has once more defended his pulling of a ponytail of an Auckland waitress, saying he would need to be a bit more careful in future, but that it wasn’t a case of abusing his powerful position.

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