Fri 7 Oct 2016
| Customs

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has met Customs five newest recruits in Auckland.

The Labradors were selected from Australian Border Force’s dog breeding and training facility in Melbourne in August and are three weeks into an extensive three-month training programme.

Today I officially opened the new $4 million Linear Accelerator treatment machine to benefit cancer patients receiving radiation therapy at the Radiation Oncology Department of Christchurch Hospital.

Thu 29 Sep 2016
| Conservation

Once common throughout New Zealand, kaka are now largely limited to a few localised forest strongholds in the central North and South Island, (photo by James Mortimer)

The Isaac Theatre Royal took top honours at the largest business awards in New Zealand for their significant efforts following the 2011 earthquakes.

Mon 26 Sep 2016
| Conservation

I welcome the acquisition of a significant area of forest on the West Coast.   “The Nature Heritage Fund has acquired the 152 ha of lowland podocarp/beech forest in the Buller District on the West Coast on behalf of the Crown.

Fri 23 Sep 2016
| Conservation

Kereru and Kowhai trees in flower signal springtime in wild New Zealand. Kowhai is our national flower. One of NZ's few deciduous trees, kowhai bursts out in spring with its yellow pea flowers even before producing its new leaves. The flowers are a magnet for honey-eating birds.