Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the number of people signing up for a patient portal at their general practice has more than doubled over the last year.
The work of schools and early learning services supporting children with additional learning needs will be celebrated as part of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, says Education Minister Nikki Kaye.
A business initiative that safely disposes of hazardous unwanted refrigerants has had its accreditation as a ‘product stewardship scheme’ extended by the Government, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today.
The New Zealand Government is deeply concerned about the arrest of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks are now connected by a 169-hectare block of land purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund, Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner announced today.
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has today released a summary of an agreement which will progress a statutory pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana.
Canterbury is to receive a new purpose built specialist mental health facility valued at up to $57 million, taking the region’s hospital rebuild to well over $1 billion Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.
New Zealand will contribute $1.5 million for humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced.
Trade Minister Todd McClay says the Government has agreed a negotiating mandate to upgrade the China Free Trade Agreement that will deliver thousands of jobs and be worth billions to our economy.
Some of New Zealand’s finest tracks are set to become part of a new network of Great Short and Great Day walks, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have announced.
Three of Napier city centre’s art deco and character buildings are to receive more than $180,000 for earthquake strengthening work.
Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed Vanuatu to the landmark Pacific trade and development agreement PACER Plus and says this is another important step in developing the economies of our Pacific Island neighbours.
Fifteen councils up and down New Zealand will share $280,000 of funding under the 2017 Local Government Youth Partnership Fund, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
Corrections Minister Louise Upston has welcomed nearly 60 new Corrections officers from a range of backgrounds to the frontline today.
From early next year, the Methodist Mission Southern will be delivering an innovative youth transitional housing programme to help around 24 young people living in Dunedin each year, Social Housing and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams announced today.
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee will today travel to Samoa to join Pacific Leaders at the 48th annual Pacific Islands Forum, on behalf of Prime Minister Bill English.
New partnerships to support the ‘Youth Spaces Plus’ programme in Rotorua and Priority One’s ‘Instep – Ngā Wahine o Mereaira’ programme will create at least 590 new youth development opportunities, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced New Zealand will provide $11.5 million for aviation security in the Pacific, to support trade, tourism and the safety of the travelling public, most of which are New Zealand citizens.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the launch of Lifekeepers, a new suicide prevention training programme, will help communities build the capability and capacity to support people at risk of suicide.
Oil imports and renewable energy generation reached new levels in the last year, new energy data shows.
Ever bought something and then later realised that it doesn’t do the job you asked for it to do? The Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA) protects New Zealanders.
Work has begun on the improvements to New Zealand’s geological hazards monitoring as announced in Budget 2017, Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have announced today.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges was joined by Wellington City Mayor Justin Lester today to turn the sod on the Cobham Drive Cycleway, part of Wellington’s refreshed Urban Cycleway Programme.
A new development on Auckland’s Great North Road will be solely used for those who need social housing assistance, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams announced today.
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee today named diplomat Pam Dunn as New Zealand’s Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Dame Tariana Turia, DNZM and Turama Hawira have been appointed to the office of Te Pou Tupua which was established under the Whanganui River Treaty settlement to act as the human face of Te Awa Tupua, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson and the Whanganui iwi announced today.
The Government has announced it has approved plans to implement an upgraded 24/7 monitoring system that will significantly improve our ability to detect and communicate geological hazards – particularly tsunamis – quickly and accurately.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is trialling new hologram technology to educate international travellers about the importance of biosecurity at the border.
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith is hailing today’s pest control operation in the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary as a win for the survival of New Zealand’s native birds.
‘Oku pehē ‘e he Minisitá ‘a e Potungāue ma’ae Kakai Pasifikí ko ‘Alfred Ngaro, ‘I he ‘uike ni, ‘e fakamamafa’i ‘a e makehe ‘ange ‘a e Faiva Faka-Tongá, Hiva Faka-Tongá, Lea Faka-Tongá pea mo e Anga Faka-Tongá.
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has condemned today’s nuclear test by North Korea as utterly deplorable.
The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017, which brings 13 commercial statutes into one, came into force today.
New Zealand’s inaugural Motorcycle Awareness month, which begins today, is an opportunity to increase awareness around the risks for motorcyclists on our roads, ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse says.
Women’s Minister Paula Bennett has today welcomed a reduction in the Gender Pay Gap of almost three percentage points.
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has today started the process of finding out from New Zealanders where they want DOCs next Great Walks to be.
A bug-sniffing detector dog introduced by the Ministry for Primary Industries will help stop the potentially devastating brown marmorated stink bug from making a home in New Zealand.
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the re-appointment of two members of the Queen Elizabeth ll National Trust.
Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced government funding of up to $800,000 for 3-D aerial mapping of Northland to provide the region with highly accurate geographical data to make better business decisions.
New data that shows the employment status and earnings of graduates from tertiary institutions will provide students with a valuable tool when making important decisions about their study options, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith says.
The Government is investing $270 million to roll out Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) to 190 more small towns, and extend rural broadband to another 74,000 households and businesses, Communications Minister Simon Bridges says.
New training and education programmes for prosecutors, court staff and the judiciary to better understand the impacts of sexual violence on victims will help improve victims’ experiences of the court process, says Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams.
District Court Judge Colin Doherty has been appointed chairperson of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA), Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell announced today.
Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming the updated Faiva Ora — National Pasifika Disability Plan.
The successful Housing First programme is being expanded into more regions across New Zealand to help end chronic homelessness, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams has announced.
The Government will provide $27 million to help Auckland City Mission build a new 80-unit complex in the heart of Auckland to house some of the city’s most vulnerable people, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams has announced.
Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges has joined Taranaki councils and the business community to launch an economic development strategy for the region.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced the selected option for the Mount Messenger Bypass in Taranaki following a decision by the NZ Transport Agency Board last Friday.
New Zealand will invest AU$15.1 million in a programme to construct several new beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne and secure long-term access for Kiwi scientists, Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today.
Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick have today signed a Housing Accord aimed at substantially boosting Rotorua’s housing supply over the next four years.
It is time the Brook Valley Community Group accepted the multiple court rulings in favour of the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary and stopped its disruption to this critical Nelson environment project following today’s Court of Appeal decision, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has applied to use a Streamlined Planning Process (SPP) introduced under Resource Management Act reforms in order to meet the region’s growing demand for new housing, Minister for the Environment Dr Nick Smith says.
Trade Minister Todd McClay says he is deeply disappointed Queensland is pushing ahead with discriminatory government procurement rules which will unfairly disadvantage and potentially harm New Zealand companies.
Police are now able to release the name of the cyclist who died following a vehicle collision on Featherston Street, Palmerston North on Monday 28 August. He was 46-year-old Desmond Young of Palmerston North. Police extend their sympathies to Mr Young’s family at this tragic time.
Please attribute to Detective Sergeant Grayson Joines: Palmerston North Police have arrested a 27-year-old man in relation to an incident that occurred in Highbury on Tuesday, 29 August. Police were called to reports of shots fired on Ronberg Street at 5.14pm on Tuesday evening.
Please attribute to Detective Inspector Gary Lendrum, Counties Manukau Police: Police have now charged two men in relation to the 1987 murder of Chris Bush in Maramarua. Police have been investigating the tragic and senseless death of Chris, who was shot dead 30 years ago at the Red Fox Tavern just before midnight on Saturday 24 October.
Christchurch Police yesterday arrested one person in relation to a spate of burglaries at backpackers and hostels in the past week. A 31-year-old male was arrested and he will appear in the Christchurch District Court this morning facing a number of burglary charges. “It’s excellent work by the Christchurch Tactical Crime Unit in locating and arresting the person responsible for theses burglaries so quickly,” says Detective Sergeant Damon Wells.
Manawatu Police conducted a controlled purchase operation alongside licensing inspectors and Health representatives in the Palmerston North and Feilding areas on Friday 25 August. Controlled purchase operations are carried out to check processes and ensure compliance with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 by licensed premises, which assists in preventing and reducing the supply of alcohol to young people. Two underage volunteers, aged 16 and 17, visited a number of licensed premises attempting to purchase alcohol, including bottle stores, supermarkets, restaurants and bars.
In total 27 premises were visited, of which three failed by selling alcohol to a volunteer.
Please attribute to Detective Sergeant Darren Thomas: Police have arrested a man in relation to a gun being fired during a gang funeral procession in Whakatane on January 17th 2017. The 28-year-old man is facing multiple firearms related charges, as well as charges of participating in an organised criminal gang and rioting. He is set to appear in Whakatane District Court on September 6th.
Please attribute to Inspector Jason Guthrie, Otago Coastal Area Commander: At approximately 11pm last night two Police officers were allegedly assaulted while responding to a report of disorder at an address on Kenmure Road, Dunedin. When Police arrived at the address a male officer knocked on the door to establish what was happening. A man from within the household opened the door and assaulted him, at one stage using the broken leg from a wooden garden table as a weapon.
Please attirbute to Inspector Vaughan Graham, Auckland City Police. Partner agencies came together last Saturday night to run a Police led alcohol Controlled Purchase Operation (CPO) designed to help ensure alcohol is not being sold to minors. The operation was rolled out across 25 premises including St Heliers, Kohimarama, Mission Bay, Orakei, Ponsonby and Grey Lynn resulting in no alcohol sales to minors.
Police is now in a position to confirm the identity of the woman killed in a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 57, between Shannon and Levin, on Monday night. She was 25-year-old Amanda Louise Katherine Sale. Police extends its condolences to her family.
Attributable to Sergeant Phil Simmonds, Police Search and Rescue Co-ordinator: Emergency services were called to Lake Coleridge, near Mt Hutt, yesterday evening around 5pm to reports a man had been swept under while fishing. Initial reports suggest the man had been attempting to come to the aid of another fisherman.
The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today show that tourism expenditure grew in most regions over the year to July 2017.
The number of online job advertisements was steady in July 2017 and increased by 9.2 per cent over the year, according to the All Vacancies Index in the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.
An Auckland woman of Tongan nationality has pleaded guilty to 14 charges laid by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) for illegally providing New Zealand immigration advice.
Funding from the Regional Growth Programme of up to $800,000 for 3-D aerial mapping of Northland will provide the region’s primary industries with highly accurate, free data to make better informed business decisions.
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ tracing and testing programme has identified 3 new properties positive for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.
New Zealand has signed up to the International Open Data Charter, in a move to help drive innovation, support public accountability, and encourage engagement with government, Statistics Minister Scott Simpson has announced.
The next round of government’s Community Environment Fund is now open for applications, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson says.
Associate Minister of Education Louise Upston has announced a new pilot for supporting disengaged young people which will help them to stay in education longer and achieve better outcomes in life.
Corrections Minister Louise Upston has today launched a new approach to managing women offenders which aims to successfully support them towards a crime-free life.
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has denounced in the strongest terms today’s missile launch by North Korea.
Around $3 million will be invested to build six new classrooms at Te Kura Kaupapa o Ngā Uri a Māui in Gisborne, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced details of a new Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship category to complement the annual refugee quota.
A new $400,000 scholarship programme to build global expertise on climate change, agriculture and food security will boost New Zealand’s contribution to agricultural greenhouse gas research say Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.
State Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Road) is closed at Maunganamu, south of Taupo, following a crash shortly after 6am this morning. A man has been transported to hospital by helicopter with serious injuries. The road is expected to be closed for some time and motorists are advised to delay travel or take alternative routes where possible.
Please attribute to Sergeant Tim Crum: Police investigating an alleged hit and run in East Street, Greytown on 9 August have charged a 19-year-old man with making a false statement to Police and careless driving. He will appear in Masterton District Court on 21 September 2017.
Police can now name the man who died following a motorbike crash on Coast Road in Barrytown early yesterday morning.
He was Paul James Scott, 46, from Westport.
Police extend their sympathies to Mr Scott’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Public Defence Service Director and former Crown Counsel Madeleine Laracy, has been appointed Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security for a three year term, Prime Minister Bill English announced today.
The Government will establish a new School of Rural Medicine within the next three years to produce more doctors for our rural communities, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith says.