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Green Party statement on EU trade negotiations

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement of Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today on the major step forward in negotiations on a trade deal with the European Union, and will push for a deal that protects New Zealand’s interests.

New Chief of Defence Force announced

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has welcomed today’s announcement of Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short as the new Chief of Defence Force.

New Zealand Defence Force Deployment to South Sudan

Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced that a further person will join New Zealand’s current contribution of four personnel to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

Fuel taxes prompt call for better use of public transport - Nexgen

The New Zealand Coalition Government’s recent announcement on additional fuel taxes has been met with dismay by many in the small business sector, but one chartered accounting and business advisory firm believes that not only is it a good thing, it can be mitigated if businesses use public tran

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.