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Vulnerable children better protected by Social Workers in Hospitals initiative

Posted: 18 Mar 2013 07:15 PM PDT

Paula Bennett | Social Development

The National Government’s decision to introduce Social Workers in Hospitals is making a difference by better protecting children says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett. When hospitals admit children or young people they’re concerned about, or have previously been involved with Child, Youth and Family, a social worker engages with the family and hospital staff. ...

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Investments add up to travel time savings

Posted: 18 Mar 2013 06:36 PM PDT

Gerry Brownlee | Transport

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee is calling on the Green Party to embrace the Government’s Roads of National Significance programme following the most recent survey of their impact on congestion and the ensuing benefits to the environment. “It’s early days, but already New Zealanders are getting great value for money from the Government’s investment in the seven Roads of National Significance,” Mr Brownlee says. ...

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McCully congratulates new Chinese counterpart

Posted: 18 Mar 2013 05:52 PM PDT

Murray McCully | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today congratulated his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, following his appointment to the 12th National People’s Congress in Beijing. “New Zealand and China have an expanding bilateral relationship with strong political, economic and cultural connections,” Mr McCully says. “Both New Zealand and China are interested in cooperating on issues that affect the Asia-Pacific region. ...

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Minister releases Novopay Technical Review

Posted: 18 Mar 2013 05:48 PM PDT

Steven Joyce | Education

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce today released the Technical Review into the school payroll system. Mr Joyce says the aim of the Technical Review led by Murray Jack of Deloitte was to assess the stability of the Novopay system, look closely at the data contained in it, and make recommendations. “I have repeatedly said that issues with Novopay are complex and there is no quick fix. The findings of the Technical Review confirm that,” Mr Joyce says. The Review’s key conclusions are that: ...

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Minister gives update on Novopay Remediation Plan

Posted: 18 Mar 2013 05:47 PM PDT

Steven Joyce | Education

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce today provided an update on progress with the Government’s Remediation Plan to address issues with the school payroll system. Mr Joyce announced that a new dedicated Education Sector Payroll Services business unit is being established in the Education Ministry to co-ordinate the Remediation Plan. The new unit will be headed by former Chief Executive of Gareth Morgan Investments Group and former IRD Deputy Commissioner and KiwiSaver Programme Director, Cathy Magiannis. ...

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Minister announces school support package

Posted: 18 Mar 2013 05:44 PM PDT

Steven Joyce | Education

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce today announced a $6 million support package for schools designed to go some way to meeting the costs of additional work caused by the Novopay system. “Schools are experiencing increased administration workloads to manage the Novopay issues and they have requested financial relief. This $6 million support package recognises the impact that Novopay has created for schools and will assist in addressing some of these issues,” Mr Joyce says. ...

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Online government services prove popular

Posted: 18 Mar 2013 04:15 PM PDT

Chris Tremain | Internal Affairs

The number of online transactions with government continues to grow, with figures up for the second time since measurements began says Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain. Figures released today show 38.6 per cent of New Zealanders used secure online government services during the October to December quarter, up from 32.4 per cent for the first quarter. When measurements started in June the figure was at 29.9 per cent. ...

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IMF concludes New Zealand has the right balance

Posted: 18 Mar 2013 12:49 PM PDT

Bill English | Finance

Finance Minister Bill English has welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s conclusion that the Government’s deficit reduction programme strikes the right balance between supporting growth and limiting public debt. In its Preliminary Concluding Statement (embargoed until midnight tonight NZ time), the IMF says New Zealand’s macro-economic policy stance is appropriate and that the monetary policy should continue to be the first line of defence against adverse shocks. ...

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Full steam ahead for $600 million plus rebuild of Christchurch Hospitals

Posted: 17 Mar 2013 09:34 PM PDT

Tony Ryall | Health

The first site work on Christchurch’s six hundred million dollar plus hospitals redevelopment project will start in a couple of months says Health Minister Tony Ryall. “Cabinet has agreed to set aside around $500 million from the Future Investment Fund for the largest and most complex building project in the history of New Zealand’s public health service,” Mr Ryall says. “The total cost of the project is expected to be more than $600 million including a contribution from Canterbury DHB. ...

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McCully welcomes Afghan Foreign Minister

Posted: 17 Mar 2013 09:30 PM PDT

Murray McCully | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully held talks with his Afghan counterpart, Dr Zalmai Rassoul, in Wellington today. “A new chapter in our countries’ relationship is about to begin, with New Zealand withdrawing its Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) from Bamyan province in April, in line with the transition process,” Mr McCully says. New Zealand has led the PRT in Bamyan since 2003 and has contributed to international counter-terrorism efforts and improved security, development and governance in the province. ...

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PM welcomes visit of Thailand PM

Posted: 17 Mar 2013 09:23 PM PDT

John Key | Prime Minister

Prime Minister John Key will host Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra when she visits New Zealand later this week. This is the first visit to New Zealand by Ms Shinawatra since becoming Prime Minister in 2011. Mr Key says New Zealand’s relationship with Thailand is a close and warm one, and this visit underscores those close ties and looks towards new areas of cooperation. “Our two countries have common views on many issues and I look forward to having constructive discussions with Prime Minister Yingluck.” ...

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Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

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Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

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Christchurch Considers Cathedral, Stadium: Cathedral Working Group Report Released

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Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

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NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

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Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

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