Archive for December, 2015

Minister welcomes victory against ISIL

Comments Off | 12-31-2015

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed news that Iraqi troops who were trained by the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) Building Partner Capacity mission in Taji were part of the force that has retaken the city of Ramadi from Daesh (ISIL).
“The success of these troops results from their commitment to the training programme they have [...]

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Pacific people in New Year 2016 Honours

Comments Off | 12-31-2015

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has congratulated the Pacific recipients of appointments and awards in the New Year 2016 Honours.
Among those who have been recognised are former All Blacks Keven Mealamu and Ma’a Nonu, both made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
“These men are positive role models for young Pacific people and [...]

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NY Honours recognise service to education

Comments Off | 12-31-2015

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata have congratulated the twelve New Zealanders who are recipients of New Year’s Honours for their services to education.
“I’d like to congratulate the 2016 recipients for the valuable contribution they’ve made to education in New Zealand and internationally,” Mr Joyce says. “It’s great [...]

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Report confirms ChristChurch Cathedral can be reinstated

Comments Off | 12-23-2015

Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee says the decision by the Anglican Church to progress investigations into reinstating the ChristChurch Cathedral will be greatly appreciated by the wider community.
The Church Property Trust, which owns the Anglican Cathedral in Cathedral Square, has received an independent report from a Government-appointed consultant, who has reviewed the engineering [...]

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East Frame development gets final approval

Comments Off | 12-23-2015

Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee says formalising the East and North Frame development agreement between the Crown and Fletcher Residential enables the large residential build to get underway in central Christchurch.
The agreement means Fletcher Residential’s work programme will begin by October next year with the first area of new homes being built on [...]

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Stay safe on the water these holidays

Comments Off | 12-23-2015

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is urging Kiwis to stay safe on the water this festive season.
“Heading to the beach, river or lake is all part of a Kiwi summer and great fun for the whole family, but it’s important to remember that keeping yourself and your loved ones safe requires a little preparation,” Mr [...]

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Maternity services continuing to improve

Comments Off | 12-22-2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the National Maternity Monitoring Group (NMMG) 2015 Annual Report shows the quality of maternity services in New Zealand is continuing to improve.
“It’s important that new mothers and babies receive high quality care across New Zealand,” says Dr Coleman.
“The NMMG Annual Report shows there’s a growing momentum within the maternity professions [...]

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City playground a reward for families

Comments Off | 12-22-2015

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the opening of the Margaret Mahy Family Playground today provides a central location for a summer of family fun in Canterbury.
“The playground has been under construction since April and is now ready for children of all ages,” Mr Brownlee says.
“There are plenty of activities for children and space [...]

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Next stage of Campylobacter strategy in place by early 2016

Comments Off | 12-22-2015

Next stage of Campylobacter strategy in place by early 2016
Action is being taken by the Government to achieve further reductions in Campylobacter levels in chicken, says Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew.
“Stage one of the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Campylobacter Strategy has seen a 57% decrease in notified cases of Campylobacter-related foodborne illness in New Zealand [...]

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Improved palliative care guidance

Comments Off | 12-22-2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes new guidance on providing the best possible care for people during the last days of their lives.
“It’s important that New Zealanders have access to quality, personalised and compassionate palliative care,” says Dr Coleman.
“Around 17,000 adults and their families accessed palliative care services this year, and this figure is expected to [...]

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