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Minister progresses KiwiSaver withdrawals for people with life-shortening conditions

Two independent advisers will help Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi find the best way for people with life-shortening conditions to withdraw their KiwiSaver funds when they need to retire.

General Manager of Parliamentary Service appointed

The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, says he is delighted to announce the appointment of Rafael Gonzalez-Montero to the position of General Manager of the Parliamentary Service.

Mr Rafael Gonzalez-Montero will commence in the role on 27 January 2019 for a 5 year term.

High demand for NZ funded international agri-science scholarships - O'Connor and Shaw

The latest winners of a New Zealand and CCAFS-funded international PhD scholarship have been announced following a three-fold increase in applications.

New Chief Executive, NZ Customs Service appointed

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the appointment of Christine Stevenson as Comptroller of Customs and Chief Executive, New Zealand Customs Service.

"I am very pleased to appoint Ms Stevenson to this role," the Commissioner said.

Government allocates $610,649 to racecourse safety - Peters

Racing Minister Rt Hon. Winston Peters announced today that the Government has invested $610,649 in 25 projects to improve safety at racecourses.

Major addition to conservation park - Sage

Four parcels of conservation land that are now included in the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Conservation Park make up the biggest addition to the park since it was created 17 years ago, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage announced today.

Modernisation of three South Island schools announced- Hipkins

Two schools in the Tasman area and a College in Marlborough are in line for major improvements, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Over $30 million will be spent on upgrading Tasman’s Collingwood Area School, Golden Bay High School and Queen Charlotte College in Picton.

New cycleway opens in iconic Oriental Bay

Minister of Transport Phil Twyford and Associate Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter today opened a new cycleway along Oriental Parade that will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

Support for second language Bill welcomed - Kaye

National has gained support from the major political parties for its second language learning Bill which will ensure every child in years 1-8 has the opportunity to learn a second language, National’s spokesperson for Education Nikki Kaye says.

Medicinal cannabis bill set to pass; patients react

The Government’s Medicinal Cannabis bill is set to pass its final reading on Tuesday afternoon - a momentous and complicated day for medicinal cannabis patients.