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Horowhenua Mayor elected as LGNZ Vice President

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 4:35pm

Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy has been voted the new Vice President of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) by members at their 2014 conference in Nelson at the weekend.

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Better public services for businesses

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 4:00pm

A single unique number for every business and a range of new services that reduce the need for businesses to provide the same information twice are just some of the ways that government is working to make it easier for businesses to interact with them," Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce

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Collaboration delivers top results says Justice Minister

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 3:56pm

Justice Minister Judith Collins today announced that, in a first for the public sector, the Justice sector has reached and surpassed two of its four Better Public Services targets, three years ahead of schedule.

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Excellent progress on education results

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 3:54pm

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata today welcomed the release of the 2014 mid-year Better Public Service results, which show great progress towards the Result Areas 5 and 6 education targets.

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Social sector makes gains in BPS targets

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 3:53pm

Results released today show good progress is being made to achieve the Government’s Better Public Services targets, say social sector Ministers Tony Ryall, Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata.

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Better Public Service target for welfare on track

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 3:51pm

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says welfare reforms are making good inroads into achieving the Better Public Service target of significantly reducing long term benefit dependency by 2017.

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Online govt services proving popular with Kiwis - Dunne

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 3:48pm

Digital Government services are continuing to be a hit with New Zealand families, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said today.

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Good progress on Better Public Service targets

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 3:42pm

Long-term welfare dependency is reducing and more young people are achieving higher qualifications under the Government’s Better Public Services initiative, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman say.

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Minister welcomes Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 3:30pm

Māori Affairs Minister Hon Dr Pita Sharples today welcomed the start of Māori Language Week, and is encouraging all New Zealanders to get behind our native language.

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MP's uninformed attack doesn't faze Northland farmers - Fed Farmers

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 3:25pm

While disappointed by the uninformed comments of Hone Harawira MP, Northland’s storm hit farmers appreciate the support of fellow farmers, industry good bodies, utility providers and the efforts of central and local government. Above all, the Rural Support Trust.

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NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza - Greens

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 3:22pm

The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation’s efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a $60 million appeal for Gaza.

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Downing of MH17 shows Ukraine crisis a global issue - expert

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 3:04pm

The downing of Malaysian airlines’ flight MH17 clearly shows the Ukraine crisis is not a local or regional affair, it is a global issue and the world community needs to help the Ukraine, University of Canterbury Ukrainian expert Associate Professor Natalia Chaban says.

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Legislation unites tribes of Auckland with ancestral maunga

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 2:34pm

Parliament will pass law this week (Thursday) to provide Treaty redress for the shared interests of 13 Auckland iwi and hapū in relation to 14 tūpuna maunga (volcanic cones), motu (islands) and land within Tāmaki Makaurau.

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National candidate referred to Police for election ad

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 2:30pm

On 21 July 2014, the Electoral Commission referred Wayne Walford, National Party candidate for Napier, to Police for displaying election advertising on a signwritten vehicle promoting his candidacy and the National Party.

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NZEI supports Green Party's commitment to quality ECE

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 2:26pm

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Green Party’s plans to boost the quality of early childhood education by restoring funding for centres with 100 percent qualified staff.

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Rivers group 'takes multi-faceted approach'

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 2:24pm

A key stakeholder group working on ways to protect the Waikato and Waipa rivers is taking a multi-faceted approach to gathering information about the right path forward.

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NZ's Responsible Lending Code 'not worth the paper'

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 2:05pm

While the UK last week became a slightly safer place for vulnerable consumers with a cap on payday lending, the New Zealand Government took steps to "ask" the loan sharks to participate in writing their own Responsible Lending Code.

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Iran nuclear talks to continue

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 2:02pm

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the decision by the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) and Iran to continue negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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'Clear direction' on fluoride, amalgamation and quake-prone buildings

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 1:46pm

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick believes there is clear direction behind the latest remits about topical and important factors affecting local government in New Zealand.

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NZ to host Trans-Tasman ministerial tourism meeting

Politics Media Statements - 21 July 2014 - 1:41pm

New Zealand will host a meeting of Australian Tourism Ministers early next year to explore areas where the two countries can drive greater innovation and productivity in the tourism sector, Associate Minister of Tourism Todd McClay has said.

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