Monday, 9 March 2009
NZ-China scientist exchange programme launched
A new programme between New Zealand and China will open the door to exchanges for promising researchers.
Friday, 6 March 2009
Dunne leads NZ delegation to UN drugs conference
Associate Health Minister and UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne tomorrow leads the New Zealand delegation to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, spearheading the country's contribution to a new declaration on international drugs control.
Monday, 2 March 2009
Second contingent of NZ firefighters heading to Australia
A second contingent of New Zealand firefighters will fly to Australia this Wednesday to help contain the bushfires in the state of Victoria, says the Minister responsible for New Zealand's fire services Richard Worth.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
New Zealand signs 12-country regional free trade agreement
Trade Minister Tim Groser Friday signed the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN - Australia - New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) at an official signing ceremony in Hua Hin, Thailand.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
New Zealand and India agree to commence FTA negotiations
Trade Minister Tim Groser and his Indian counterpart, Kamal Nath, today agreed that New Zealand and India will launch bilateral Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
Imported ingredient contaminated with melamine found in NZ
Melamine has been detected in an imported ingredient used to fortify food with iron in New Zealand, but consumers are not at any risk, says Minister for Food Safety Kate Wilkinson.
Friday, 20 February 2009
Rex Haig compensation application declined
The Government has declined Rex Haig's application for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.
Friday, 13 February 2009
Labour in la-la land over house numbers
Housing Minister Phil Heatley says the public should be under no illusion whatsoever about who is dealing in smoke and mirrors when it comes to state house numbers: it’s Labour.
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Jobs & Growth: State highway work accelerated
State highways have received an immediate boost of $142.5 million as part of the Government's Jobs and Growth plan.
Jobs & Growth: State housing gets major boost
Thousands of existing state houses will be upgraded and new state homes will be built as the Government fast-tracks $124.5 million worth of investment, Housing Minister Phil Heatley said today.
Trade talks with Hong Kong to resume
Trade Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the resumption of trade talks with Hong Kong.
Infrastructure boost good for Maori and Pacific communities
Today’s Government announcement bringing forward capital expenditure on infrastructure projects in the education, transport and housing sectors is good news for Maori and Pacific communities, Associate Minister of Maori Affairs and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Georgina te Heuheu said today.
Three major settlement agreements signed South Island and Wellington region
Three groupings of iwi with interests in the Northern South Island and Southern North Island today counter-signed letters of agreement with the Crown.
New Chair for Marsden Fund Council
Professor Peter Hunter of the University of Auckland has been appointed Chair of the Marsden Fund Council.
Release of Maori Education Report
Education Minister Anne Tolley today released Ng Haeata Mtauranga - the Annual Report on Mori Education, 2007/08.
NZ firefighters heading to Australia on Friday
New Zealand firefighters will fly to Australia on Friday [13 Feb] to help fight the devastating bushfires in the state of Victoria, says the Minister responsible for New Zealand’s fire services Richard Worth.
Government welcomes arrival of electric cars
Environment and Climate Change Issues Minister Nick Smith today welcomed the announcement that electric cars would be commercially available in New Zealand.
Minister opens nerve centre for South Auckland police
Police Minister Judith Collins today opened the second stage of the new $35 million Manukau police station, the nerve centre for policing in South Auckland.
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Time to nominate environmental champions
Environment Minister Nick Smith today announced the start of a search for New Zealand's latest batch of environmental champions, calling for nominations for the 2009 Green Ribbon Awards.
Saturday, 7 February 2009
$100,000 for Solomons flood relief
New Zealand will make an initial contribution of $100,000 to help people affected by flooding in Solomon Islands, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said today.
Friday, 6 February 2009
McCully names new Ambassador to Turkey
Career diplomat Andrea Smith will be New Zealand's new Ambassador to Turkey, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.
Schools no longer required to be food police
Schools will no longer be required to act as food police under changes announced by Education Minister Anne Tolley today.
New Zealanders grab job opportunities in tough times
Unemployment figures out today underline the importance of the Government's jobs and growth plan, says the Minister of Social Development and Employment Paula Bennett.
Minister welcomes international media to Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series provides New Zealand the opportunity to show case itself around the globe at a time when the world is facing huge economic challenges, said Associate Minister for Tourism Jonathan Coleman in a speech to international and local media.
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Racing Safety Fund open to applications
Racing Minister John Carter has announced that applications for the next round of the Racing Safety Development Fund are now open.
Saturday, 31 January 2009
Changes in Early Childhood Education
Education Minister Anne Tolley today unveiled a package of changes that reflect the government's commitment to providing quality and accessible early childhood education to all New Zealand families.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Dunne: Mothball capital gains tax idea once and for all
A capital gains tax would be inefficient and distortionary and is never going to happen, Revenue Minister and UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne said today.
NZ backs debate on reducing whale kill
New Zealand supports the debate at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) exploring ways of reducing the number of whales being killed, without endorsing any of the specific proposals being advanced, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said today.
Trade Minister travels to Switzerland, Germany and Belgium
Discussions on the European Commission's recent decision to reintroduce dairy export subsidies will be high on the agenda as Trade Minister Tim Groser travels to Switzerland, Germany and Belgium from 28 January to 5 February 2009.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Bringing better balance to the housing market
Housing Minister Phil Heatley says big steps are being taken to help the many thousands of Kiwis who can't afford new homes, including changes to the Resource Management Act and Building Act.