New Zealand’s commitment to the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) in South Korea will be extended for a further two years to 31 August 2019, Defence Minister Mark Mitchell announced today.
Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner is welcoming a lease agreement that will open up almost 70 hectares of land for key regeneration projects in Waimakariri.
Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Hurunui District Mayor Winton Dalley have officially opened the Waiau temporary accommodation village for Hurunui residents whose homes were damaged in the Kaikōura Earthquake.
A new purpose-built heritage centre on Stewart Island will receive more than $1 million in Government funding, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced in Oban today.
The Department of Conservation is progressing plans to eradicate introduced predators on the Auckland Islands in the Subantarctic, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.
Work is set to start next month on a cycleway through central Dunedin that will improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and all road users, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says over a million contacts have now been made to the country’s telehealth provider for advice on health issues as well as mental health and addiction support.
Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced three appointments and two reappointments to the Nature Heritage Fund Committee.
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced $30,000 of funding towards mentoring initiatives aimed at encouraging young people to explore potential career paths, develop career-related skills and transition to successful tertiary education.
Defence Minister Mark Mitchell has held talks today with Japanese State Minister of Defence Kenji Wakamiya, who is conducting an official visit to New Zealand.
The 12th World Symposium on Choral Music will receive investment from the Major Events Development Fund of $600,000 when New Zealand hosts the festival in July 2020.
An Auckland woman must pay a fine of $7,000 after an Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) investigation into her history of providing immigration advice through a radio broadcast programme without a licence.
Did you know that the Consumer Guarantees Act protects you from problems associated with services as well as products?
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced diplomat Jonathan Schwass as High Commissioner to Vanuatu.
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has today announced the opening of applications for the third round of the Commercial Advisors Scheme under the Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund.
Corrections Minister Louise Upston says an initiative between Corrections and Horticulture New Zealand is proving beneficial to the department’s goal of turning offenders’ lives around.
Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has announced a new $520,000 fund to help the Kaikoura paua fishing community as the latest primary sector support following November’s earthquakes.
Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy has officially re-opened the Coastguard ramp at Kaikoura harbour today, eight months after it was badly damaged in the November 2016 earthquake.
Love Kaipara has been awarded nearly $135,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund to support moving Kaipara communities towards zero waste, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have announced the Government will control the spread of wilding conifers over an additional five priority areas this year in Canterbury, Otago and Southland.
For the first time, authorities fighting the spread of wilding conifers will have a complete picture of infestations throughout the country, says Minister for Land Information Mark Mitchell.
As part of a $14 million initiative to help offenders and their families cope with mental health challenges, four new services are now being piloted by Corrections, says Corrections Minister Louise Upston.
Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is today releasing a strategy to transform the way people who care for a disabled family member are supported.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy today visited Edgecumbe to see how the recovery is progressing.
The final phase of a collaborative project protecting and enhancing fresh water and coastal ecosystems along the Whangawehi Stream on the Mahia Peninsula is being supported by $145,000 from the Community Environment Fund, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson says.
The top two most contaminated sites in New Zealand have been successfully remediated, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said today.
Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has confirmed 46 new animal welfare regulations will be developed this year.
Over 16,500 remand court appearances were held via audio visual links (AVL) connecting courts and prisons in the year to May 2017, says Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams.
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says the next major event on New Zealand’s sporting calendar is the Rugby League World Cup 2017.
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry say two cultural exchanges between New Zealand and Korea this year will have cultural and economic benefits for both countries.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has congratulated 30 highly-accomplished Māori and Pasifika student teachers who have been awarded Kupe Scholarships.
Women’s Minister Paula Bennett and Defence Minister Mark Mitchell are congratulating the Royal New Zealand Air Force for an initiative aimed at attracting more young women into the Air Force.
Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead today welcomed Government plans to control the spread of wilding conifers in the Lammermoor Range in Otago.
The 2017 round of the Commercial Advisors Scheme is now open for applications. The Commercial Advisors Scheme, funded through the Māori Innovation Fund, supports Māori collectives to work with a Commercial Advisor.
A Labour Inspectorate operation targeting the kiwifruit industry in Bay of Plenty has found the majority of labour hire contractors are breaching their obligations as employers.
Growth in online job advertisements was steady at 0.5 per cent in June and 10.6 per cent over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.
Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin, Auckland City Police. Police are seeking sightings of a 1998 blue Volkswagen Polo hatchback, registration CYJ547, that was stolen after a vicious and unprovoked attack in Pt Chevalier, Auckland last night. At approximately 7pm on Monday 17 July, a 55-year-old woman walked from her house to her car to buy takeaways for dinner and found two men attempting to break into her neighbours car.
Please attribute to Acting District Commander for Counties Manukau, Inspector Julia Lynch: Police acknowledge the findings by the Independent Police Conduct Authority that an officer’s use of a Taser on a 17-year-old man who was resisting arrest and spat twice at a Sergeant was excessive and unjustified. During the early hours of 15 September 2016, the Sergeant stopped to intervene after he saw the highly intoxicated man and his girlfriend having an argument on the side of the road in Manurewa. Almost immediately the man was verbally abusive to the officer who then attempted to arrest him for behaving in a threatening manner.
Police will hold a media stand-up regarding the assault of a mother and daughter in Pt Chevalier last night. Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin will be available at 1pm at Auckland Central Police Station on the corner of Cook Street and Vincent Street in the city. Media: Please meet outside the front entrance by 12.50pm.
Emergency Services are currently attending a house fire on Queen Victoria Street in Motueka. Police were notified about the fire just after 11.30am this morning. No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire.
The 49-year-old woman missing in Whakatane since last week has been found. Search teams entered the Te Urewera area today and she was found on a walking track. She was found safe but was taken to Whakatane Hospital for assessment.
Motorists travelling between Picton and Christchurch are asked to allow extra time for their journey as there are a number of road work sites on the route. With SH1 closed and given it is the school holidays, it is anticipated there will be heavy traffic flows on the route over the coming days. On the route between Picton and Christchurch there are a large number of road work sites. While these sites are being well managed by traffic control staff, they are causing delays.
Nelson Police have today made three arrests in relation to an armed robbery at the Victory Discounter Dairy on Sunday 16 July. The three men were arrested following the execution of search warrants. The men aged 22, 21 and 20 will all be appearing in the Nelson District Court tomorrow, Wednesday 19 July, facing charges of aggravated robbery and unlawfully taking and unlawfully getting into a stolen motor vehicle. “It is pleasing that we have located three of these offenders so quickly and they can now be held to account for their actions,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Johnston.
Police is concerned for the whereabouts of a missing 94-year-old man who had planned to travel between Auckland and Taupo today. Police has received a report from a relative this evening that the man was intending to drive to Taupo, after leaving his Hillsborough, Auckland this morning. The man has not arrived in Taupo. Police have received one reported sighting in Matamata earlier today.
Overnight on the 17th to the 18th of July, seven vehicles were broken into in Bryndwr and Fendalton and five in Waltham. Many were parked on driveways. Most were thoroughly searched, with parking metre change and electronics taken. While Police will continue to focus on vehicle crime around areas where it is reported that they happening – there are some things the community can do to help. “It can take as little as five seconds for an offender to smash a window and grab an item from a vehicle, and the cost of repairing the smashed window is often greater than the value of the items taken.
The 94-year-old man reported as missing last night has now been located. Police were notified at 7.39am this morning that his vehicle had been discovered down a bank in Fordell, Whanganui. The man was been taken to Whanganui Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The Ministry of Health is celebrating the launch of the free National Bowel Screening Programme in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.
Scammers pretending to be senior executives are targeting victims with offers of fake jobs in their New Zealand companies.
Wellington public servant and barrister and solicitor Gerardus van Bohemen has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General Christopher Finlayson announced today.
Associate Conservation Minister Hon Peter Dunne has opened the 2017 New Zealand Deerstalkers Association Conference in Christchurch.
Two car companies in Hamilton have been ordered to pay $65,000 in penalties by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.
The New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research, led by industry organisation Minerals West Coast Trust, has become the third successful proposal to receive funding through MBIE’s Regional Research Institutes initiative.
The West Coast community and Ministers today launched the Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Action Plan at an event in Hokitika.
A refreshed Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Action Plan was launched at the Bay of Connections forum today in Rotorua.
Plantech: the New Zealand Institute for Technology and Innovation in Premium Plant-based Value Chains, based in Tauranga, has become the fourth successful proposal to receive funding through MBIE’s initiative to establish new Regional Research Institutes.
A grant of up to $50,000 from the Irrigation Acceleration Fund will see economic growth opportunities for the Bay of Plenty identified through a water study focused on effective water use and sustainable options for development in the region.
Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced a new Regional Research Institute based in Tauranga that will leverage the Bay of Plenty’s strengths in horticulture to accelerate and commercialise research and innovation for the benefit of the region.
The special tribunal to consider the Waikoropupū Springs application for a Water Conservation Order (WCO) has been announced today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith.
Regulations for the digital monitoring of commercial fishing activity were gazetted today, bringing in important changes to how commercial fishing activity is monitored and reported.
A number of Whakakī Lake catchment residents are being asked what they think can be done to improve the productivity and sustainability of the Whakakī catchment and lake area to help create economic diversity, jobs and environmental benefits in the region.
Whānau need to play a bigger role in tackling family violence if its scourge is to be removed from communities, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.
Prime Minister Bill English has announced a new investment of $50 million to help the most at-risk young people in regional New Zealand into jobs.
The Government has announced a comprehensive strategy to reduce the number of at-risk young people not in employment or training in regional New Zealand.
Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced $17.7 million in funding over the next two years for the Regional Growth Programme as part of Budget 2017.
Predator Free 2050’s arsenal is set to expand with funding for three projects to control stoats and rats.
Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Louise Upston has congratulated BCITO (Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation) on its 11,000th apprenticeship at an event in Whanganui today.
Today The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston released their latest Digital Evolution Index which, again, puts New Zealand as a standout nation. The report identifies New Zealand as among the digital elites characterised by high levels of digital development and a fast rate of digital evolution.
Bringing together data from across government, a study looking into the lives of premature babies will help front-line doctors and parents make better informed choices about the care of their children, Statistics Minister Scott Simpson says.
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says more young Māori will get help to obtain essential documents to help set them up for their futures after an additional $8 million was allocated in Budget 2017 for Passport to Life.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced an $18.5 million package of transport projects for the West Coast to help improve the region’s transport network.
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has announced a $70,000 investment in Tai Poutini Māori Tourism.
New regulations gazetted today will help revolutionise the way New Zealand’s commercial fisheries are managed and monitored, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.
The Government has joined the West Coast region to launch the Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Action Plan in Hokitika today.
The Government is contributing up to $3.2 million to help grow the West Coast visitor economy, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced today.
Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced a new Regional Research Institute based in Greymouth that will use innovative research and manufacturing techniques to unlock the potential of New Zealand’s minerals resources.
Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson has visited Interbloc NZ and Envirocon to see first-hand how their cutting-edge facility turns leftover concrete into a primary resource.
New Zealand Communities are set to get a boost in funding to help provide a range of services and conserve some of our most precious taonga thanks to the Lottery Grants Board.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has officially opened a new section of the Omokoroa to Tauranga City cycleway that will link this growing area.
The allocation of the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund today is another milestone in the Government’s plan to increase housing supply for a growing New Zealand, Prime Minister Bill English says.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 1.2 million New Zealanders have been immunised with the seasonal influenza vaccine this year.