Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments

Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: ·        Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran ·        Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union ·        Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a number of challenges. Our Embassy […]readmore

Funding for projects to reduce waste from construction and demolition

The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland and the lower North Island to help reduce construction and demolition waste. “Construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “The Government is funding initiatives that will enable New […]readmore

Warmer Kiwi Homes smashes annual target

The Government’s highly successful insulation and heating programme, Warmer Kiwi Homes, is celebrating a key milestone with the completion of more than 38,000 insulation and efficient heater installs in the year to the end of June, smashing its target of 25,000 installs for the year. “The Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme has been even more successful […]readmore

Next step to protect Milford Sound Piopiotahi

Expert group lays out plan to better protect iconic UNESCO World Heritage site Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surroundsFunding confirmed for dedicated unit and Establishment Board to assess the recommendations and provide oversight of the process from hereMilford Opportunities Project a test case for transformational change in tourismProposal recognises Ngāi Tahu’s presence in and knowledge […]readmore

Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities

Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of significance for the FIFA Women’s […]readmore

Govt delivers more classrooms so children can focus on learning

Extra Government investment in classrooms and school building projects will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding as school rolls grow across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis say. The pair visited Ruakākā School in Whangārei today to announce $100 million for Short Term Roll […]readmore

Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat

A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “Around 45,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, but only around half know they have it,” said Ayesha Verrall. “Symptoms often don’t appear until much of […]readmore

More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland

Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It includes connecting the bus lanes […]readmore

Government backs critical health research

Research into some of New Zealanders’ biggest health concerns including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is getting crucial support in the latest round of health research funding, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The funding, awarded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand, covers 31 General Project grants ($36.64 million), five Rangahau Hauora Māori […]readmore

New station a platform for AirportLink to take off

Every Aucklander with access to the rail network will now have a quick and convenient trip to the airport, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said during the official opening of the new Puhinui Interchange today. The new interchange links the rail platform with a new bus area via a new elevated […]readmore