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  • Forest mast significantly boosts breeding of rare kākāriki/parakeet

    New Zealand’s rarest mainland forest bird, the kākāriki karaka/orange-fronted parakeet, is having its best breeding season in decades due to a beech seed bonanza, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage said in Christchurch today.

    “It is great news that this year there are more than three times the number of nests compared to previous years,” she said.

  • Government boosts on-the-job teacher training

    The Government will fund 240 student places in a new programme that enables teachers to earn while they work towards their teacher qualification, to attract more kiwis into the profession.

    A new employment-based initial training education programme will have 80 secondary school teacher trainee places each year from 2021 over four years, with the first cohort likely to graduate at the end of 2022.

  • Drones will help economy take off

    Drones are estimated to be worth up to $7.9 billion to the economy, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said at the launch of the Government’s plan for drones.

    The paper released today Taking Flight: an aviation system for the automated age, sets out the Government’s vision for how drones can be better integrated into the current transport system to develop a thriving, innovative and safe sector.

  • Wheels in motion for PGF’s TranzAlpine investment

    The Provincial Growth Fund’s (PGF) investment in upgrading KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine rail experience is making strong progress, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said in Greymouth today.

  • Consensus reached on reducing agricultural emissions

    The Government has reached an historic consensus with farming leaders to implement farm-level pricing of climate change emissions from the agriculture sector by 2025; signalling a strong commitment from the Government and farming leadership to cooperate in order to tackle climate change, announced the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw.

  • Central and Local Government contribute to managed retreat at Matatā

    In 2005 a debris flow devastated the Matatā community and now 14 years later some residents are still exposed to an unacceptably high level of risk to their lives, the Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.

    “This is not an acceptable situation and the Government has worked closely with the local authorities to find a just and enduring solution.”

  • Keeping workers safe and supporting businesses to do it

    Progress is continuing on protecting workers from harm and supporting businesses to manage the risks, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says.

  • Easing the impact of earthquake strengthening for provincial New Zealand

    A change to the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings (EPBs) will make it easier for owners of these buildings in small towns to undertake modest building work, without having to start seismic strengthening work at the same time.

  • Government helps fund new plant for New Zealand’s first 100% recycled plastic food packaging range

    Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announced a significant investment in a new plant to create New Zealand’s first 100% recycled plastic food packaging range as part of the wider plan to tackle the plastic pollution challenge.

  • Refundability supports R&D out of the gate

    The Government has announced improvements to its R&D Tax Incentive to ensure financial support reaches more businesses investing in new ideas, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Megan Woods says.

  • "Welcoming Indonesia’s greater engagement"

    Speech at Indonesia's Pacific Exposition 2019

    "Welcoming Indonesia’s greater engagement"

    12 July 2019, SkyCity, Auckland


  • Trade and sustainability focus of visit to Spain and Ireland

    Minister for Trade and Export Growth and Minister for the Environment David Parker heads to Spain and Ireland next week for a series of meetings focused on world trade, sustainability issues and the EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement.

    In Madrid David Parker will meet Spanish Minister for Trade, Tourism and Industry María Reyes Maroto Illera and Ecology Transition Minister Teresa Ribera. 

  • Over 120 standards used for Building Code compliance funded for free download

    The Government has today announced over 120 standards used for Building Code compliance are now available to be accessed and downloaded for free, says Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa.

    The announcement was made at Housing New Zealand’s Eveleyn Couzins development in Christchurch, which was attended by industry representatives and members of the community.

  • Terms of Reference for Defence Estate Review Released

    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has today released the Terms of Reference for a review of the Defence estate footprint.

    “The 81,000 hectare Defence estate is at a crossroads; much of it is run down, and outdated,” says Ron Mark. “It needs to be improved in order to gain, train and retain our service people, now and into the future.

  • Kiwis turn to CERT NZ to help build resilience online

    Latest data from CERT NZ shows that Kiwis from all over the country continue to be affected by cyber security issues. The Quarter One report released today shows that almost 1,000 New Zealanders reported cyber security issues to CERT NZ in the three months to March 2019.

    CERT NZ Director, Rob Pope says that doesn’t mean it’s all bad news though.

  • PGF accelerates road upgrades in Tairāwhiti

    The delivery of Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) supported road upgrades in Tairāwhiti is proving a major boost for the region, Regional Economic Development Shane Jones says.

    There has been significant progress on the delivery of the $137 million Tairāwhiti roading package, which was announced in September 2018.

  • Provincial Growth Fund supports more full-time orchard jobs

    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest to help a Gisborne orchard expand its business and put hard to place unemployed into year-round permanent jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today.

  • Steps taken to secure the future of New Zealand House

    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says further steps are being taken towards securing the future of New Zealand House in London.

    “After lengthy discussions between New Zealand officials and the United Kingdom’s Crown Estate a lease and refurbishment contract for New Zealand House has been exchanged,” says Mr Peters.

  • PGF invests in game changing initiatives for the Bay of Plenty

    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest in two pioneering business proposals for New Zealand, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today in the Bay of Plenty.

  • Govt proposing to make clean cars cheaper to tackle climate change

    The Government is proposing to make electric, hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles more affordable so New Zealand families can choose a vehicle that’s better for the climate and their back pocket.

    “The cars, utes and vans we use every day are also the fastest growing source of harmful climate pollution and account for nearly 70 percent of our transport emissions,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter.

  • Second stage of consultation on NZ’s Plant Variety Rights regime is now open

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today opened public consultation on an Options Paper for reforming New Zealand’s plant variety rights (PVR) law.

    The PVR regime incentivises innovation in the development of new plant varieties – such as disease resistant crops and new varieties of fruit – by providing intellectual property rights over them.

  • Budget boost for weed control in iconic lakes

    Several of New Zealand’s iconic lakes are getting a helping hand with a significant funding boost to help tackle the spread of aquatic weeds in the lakes said Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage in Wanaka.


  • Government to build new schools and classrooms for 100,000 students

    • Commitment to build new schools and classrooms for up to 100,000 children by 2030
    • Initial funding of $1.2 billion over 4 years the largest ever outlay on school property
    • A new primary school and 200 new classrooms in Auckland announced 

    For the first time ever the Government has committed to a lon

  • Ngāti Hine graduates joining the forestry workforce

    Forestry Minister Shane Jones is today celebrating the first graduates of a One Billion Trees training programme.

    Ngāti Hine received $1.89 million to run a Mānuka training programme as part of a wider Joint Venture entered into with the Crown.

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