FIFA Women’s World Cup to open in New Zealand

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson and Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash have welcomed confirmation New Zealand will host the opening ceremony and match, and one of the semi-finals, of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023. Grant Robertson says matches will be held in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin, the result of a co-hosting […]readmore

Next steps for Auckland light rail

Transport Minister Michael Wood is getting Auckland light rail back on track with the announcement of an establishment unit to progress this important city-shaping project and engage with Aucklanders. Michael Wood said the previous process didn’t involve Aucklanders enough. “There’s wide-ranging support for rapid transit but Aucklanders felt shut out of the project. Today I’m […]readmore

Govt offers more mental health and addiction support in Hawke’s

The Government has announced a new support service for people in Hawke’s Bay who are experiencing, or at risk of, mental health and addiction crisis, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Providing better services for people experiencing mental health or addiction issues is a priority for this government. When people are at crisis-point, they need a place […]readmore

Governance Group to lead next phase of work on a

A Governance Group of eight experts has been appointed to lead the next phase of work on a potential new public media entity, Minister for Broadcasting and Media Kris Faafoi announced today.  “The Governance Group will oversee the development of a business case to consider the viability of a new public media entity. The business […]readmore

Future-proofing arts, culture and heritage sector to adapt and thrive

 Hon Carmel SepuloniMinister for Arts, Culture and Heritage  31 March 2021 PĀNUI PĀPĀHOMEDIA STATEMENT  Future-proofing arts, culture and heritage sector to adapt and thrive Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni today announced the details of the first round of the Cultural Sector Innovation Fund, which includes a new approach to supporting bold ideas.  The Innovation Fund will be […]readmore

Government backs waste tyre initiative

A manufacturing plant upgrade that uses waste tyres as fuel will have a big impact on one of New Zealand’s waste problems. Environment Minister David Parker today officially opens the plant at Golden Bay Cement in Whangarei, which uses old tyres to fuel Golden Bay Cement’s kiln. The Government has funded $16 million of the $25 […]readmore

National memorial to recognise Pacific wartime service

A new Memorial to acknowledge the contribution of Pacific nations to military conflicts and the bonds shared with New Zealand was unveiled by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today. “The Pacific Islands Memorial Te Reo Hotunui o te Moana nui a Kiwa recognises the close relationship between Aotearoa New Zealand and other Pacific nations, acknowledging the […]readmore

Customs launches Border Protect Campaign

Minister of Customs Meka Whaitiri officially launched Customs’ new outreach campaign, Border Protect, in Opua today. This campaign encourages members of the public to report potential suspicious activities to Customs and help protect New Zealand. Border Protect is an information campaign that Customs will run across the country that focuses on the coastline, sea ports, […]readmore

Milestone for kōkako as population soars

Recovery efforts over more than two decades have seen the North Island kōkako, one of Aotearoa’s most iconic birds, brought back from the brink of extinction, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “Protection of this species began in the late 1990s, after the kōkako population dropped to as few as 330 breeding pairs – around 1000 […]readmore

$4M to reduce homelessness in five locations.

Associate Housing Minister Marama Davidson today announced funding support for new initiatives that will prevent and reduce homelessness in Whangarei, Auckland, Napier/Hastings, Rotorua and the Hutt Valley. “Over $4 million has been allocated to projects that address homelessness in local communities,” Marama Davidson said. “This is the first round of funding from the Government’s $16.6 […]readmore