Thursday, 6 November 2008
Funding boost for Plunket responds to baby boom
Associate Health Minister Steve Chadwick today announced that Plunket will receive almost $3 million each year in additional funding to deliver more WellChild checks.
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Addressing Court Capacity in Auckland
This week Minister for Courts Rick Barker announced details on the Ministry of Justice's Auckland Service Delivery Programme, and the Auckland District Court Upgrade Project.
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Statement from the Minister of Internal Affairs
In response to questions from media around the circumstances in which Mr Yang Liu was granted residency and citizenship, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Rick Barker, has issued the following statement.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Australia joins NZ in advancing artist resale royalty
Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard has today welcomed Australia's announcement that it will introduce a resale royalty scheme to Parliament that will benefit visual artists, an initiative already taken in New Zealand.
Monday, 29 September 2008
Gold plated building standards gone, says Jones
Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones has responded to the criticisms of the Building Act and removed its "gold plated building standards".
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Daylight saving extension popular
An overwhelming majority of New Zealanders support the extension to daylight saving, Internal Affairs Minister, Rick Barker, said today.
Proposed appointments to the Independent Police Conduct Authority
A majority in the House of Representatives today voted to recommend that the Governor-General appoint Allan Galbraith, and Mel Smith, to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Important purchase for Kerikeri Basin protection
Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick and Far North Mayor Wayne Brown today announced the purchase of the last remaining block of land still in private ownership in the Kororipo-Kerikeri Basin.
Monday, 15 September 2008
Bumper ski season to lure Aussies
Two special ads will go to air in Australia today encouraging Australians to share our slopes this spring, Tourism Minister Damien OConnor said today.
Ministers Welcome Ambulance Strategy
The ambulance strategy, released for consultation today, proposes a framework for initiatives that will include extending the scope of practice so ambulance officers can treat people at home.
Wetland purchase completes conservation corridor
The purchase of 240 hectares of wetland and regenerating native forest in Waituna, Southland, will ensure the long term protection of this important ecological area, Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick said today.
Saturday, 13 September 2008
High country parks network another step closer
The creation of Hawea Conservation Park in Otago brings the development of a network of high country parks in the South Island another step closer, Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick said today.
Friday, 12 September 2008
Public Transport Bill hugely positive for Auckland
Associate Transport Minister and Auckland Central MP Judith Tizard says the passing of the Public Transport Management Bill is a watershed moment for Auckland's public transport.
Comment on shooting of police officers
Prime Minister Helen Clark and Police Minister Annette King said today they are deeply saddened by the fatal shooting of an Auckland police officer, and the wounding of another, during an incident in Mangere early this morning.
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Shop around for interest rates as 8 per cent per week is appalling
Responding to an article in today's paper, Consumer Affairs Minister Judith Tizard said it was appalling that anyone should have to pay 8% per week interest on a loan as there are far lower rates available.
Legislation passes to enable sustainable biofuels
Energy Minister David Parker today welcomed the passing in Parliament of the Biofuel Bill, which he said would stimulate the market for sustainable alternative transport fuels.
Appointment to NZSO Board announced
Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister, Hon Judith Tizard today announced the appointment of one new member and the reappointment of two members to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Board.
Tax treaty developments: Czech Republic, Mexico, Austria, Netherlands Antilles
The new double tax agreement between the Czech Republic and New Zealand has come into effect, one of several tax treaty developments to take place this week.
Mens health a priority for the government: OConnor
Improving the health of New Zealand men is a priority for this government, Associate Health Minister Damien O’Connor said today.
New Zealand still a favourite in the UK
New Zealand has been voted the number one destination by travellers in the UK, Tourism Minister Damien O’Connor said today.
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Chelsea Park ensures public access to city parkland
Today’s handover of Chelsea Estate Park on Auckland’s North Shore guarantees public access to the area, protects important forests and preserves a significant part of Auckland’s historic heritage, Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick said today.
New steps to protect sports fisheries from rock snot
To reduce the risk of didymo spread, Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick today agreed to the New Zealand Fish and Game Council recommendation to restrict the use of footwear with felt soles by fishing licence holders.
Monday, 1 September 2008
50,000 women to benefit from cancer prevention initiative
Ministry of Health postcard promoting HPV immunisationFrom today more than 50,000 young New Zealand women can access a free cervical cancer vaccine with the launch of the first stage of the HPV (human papillomavirus) Immunisation Programme
, Associate Health Minister Steve Chadwick said today.
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Delivery of rural broadband stepped up
The government’s commitment of $75 million for rural projects aimed at extending the reach of broadband is great news for people living in remote areas of New Zealand, Rural Affairs Minister Damien O’Connor said today.
Applications for $340 million broadband fund open
Applications are now open for the government’s $340 million fund to accelerate broadband.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
New chair of the Copyright Tribunal announced
Associate Commerce Minister Judith Tizard today announced the appointment of Professor Susy Frankel as Chair of the Copyright Tribunal for a term of one year.
Monday, 18 August 2008
Judith Tizard launches Library Week
The launch of Library Week at the National Library in Wellington tonight will kick off a nation-wide programme of activities designed to celebrate the services of local libraries.
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Appointment to Creative New Zealand Arts Council announced
Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Judith Tizard, today announced the appointment of a new member to the Creative New Zealand Arts Council.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Slow recovery for some whale species, still far to go
Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick today welcomed the news that Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick today welcomed the news that some large whale species are slowly recovering, but warned that there is still a long way to go before these populations can be considered safe.
Major step towards greener energy by 2025
Providing for the country’s energy needs now and into the future while reducing New Zealand’s impact on the environment is the goal of the government’s proposed National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation announced today.