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Government to undertake urgent algorithm stocktake - Curran, Shaw

Minister for Government Digital Services Clare Curran and Statistics Minister James Shaw have announced a project to assess how government agencies use algorithms to analyse people’s data, to ensure transparency and fairness in decisions that affect citizens.

If Govt wants to help renters, regulate property managers - REINZ

As submissions close today on the proposed ban on letting fees, the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) believes that if the Government really wants to help renters, it should regulate the property management industry rather than focus on banning letting fees.

PM welcomes release of online defence deployments information

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the release today of further information on where NZDF personnel are deployed overseas, in the form of an updated website.

Focusing school funding on equity for kids - Hipkins

The Government is expanding work done on replacing school deciles to look more broadly at what’s needed to ensure all children, including learners from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds, get the support they need to learn.

$13 million for leading-edge biotech research

The Government and the University of Waikato are investing $13 million in a new research programme in Tauranga aimed at helping tackle some of the biggest issues facing New Zealand’s primary sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

Boosting game development, interactive media

Growing the international profile of New Zealand’s game development sector will be a key focus of a new study, announced today at a Techweek event by Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran.

Review of the Operation of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014

Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has tabled in Parliament a review of the operation of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014.

The review was carried out by Professor Ron Paterson, of Auckland University.

Spinal Cord Injury Registry releases first report

Falls, sports, and vehicle accidents are the leading causes of traumatic injuries among the 161 people covered by the New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Registry’s first report, says ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Govt urged to 'walk the talk' in ending sexual violence

More than 100 survivors, students, and helping professionals have signed an open letter to the Government calling for greater investment in preventing, reducing, treating and ending sexual violence.

The open letter asks for:

Abortion not a reproductive health issue - Right to Life

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in February directed the Minister of Justice to instruct the Law Commission to make changes to "ensure our abortion laws are consistent with treating abortion as a health issue that is a reproductive choice for women, rather than as a criminal issue."