Releases

Health
Fri 21 Apr 2017
Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming new research about the care and support needs of older Maori. In 2013, the Government invested $1.8 million in Life and Living in Advanced Age: a Cohort Study in New Zealand — Te Puāwaitanga O Ngā Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu (LiLACS NZ) by the University of Auckland. ...
Customs
Fri 21 Apr 2017
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today announced 15 new eGates are now fully operational at Auckland Airport arrivals, meaning Customs’ nationwide upgrade and expansion of eGates is almost complete. “The Government has invested $6.6 million in this technology to more than double eGate capacity from 22 to 50 gates across the country,” Ms Wagner says. In November 2015, the first phase of the project saw nine new generation eGates installed at Auckland Airport departures. A further 41 of the new and improved gates have since been installed nationwide. ...
Health
Thu 13 Apr 2017
Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a new provider for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) programmes, previously run by IDEA Services. “People with ASD are often vulnerable to sudden change or loss of routine so IDEA’s decision to cancel its autism services caused a great deal of unnecessary stress for hundreds of disabled people and their families,” Ms Wagner says. “Within days the Ministry of Health has secured a new provider, meaning there will be no interruption to services.” ...
Disability Issues | Health
Tue 11 Apr 2017
Evaluations of the Christchurch and Waikato Enabling Good Lives (EGL) demonstrations will help guide the transformation of the disability support system, Disability Issues and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says. “The Phase Two evaluation reports show disabled people and their families really value having more choice, more control and more flexibility when it comes to the support they receive,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Mon 10 Apr 2017
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the completion of a key trade system. Trade Single Window, which is a major component of the Joint Border Management System programme by Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), is an e-commerce platform that enables importers and exporters to meet all border requirements in one place. ...
Disability Issues
Wed 5 Apr 2017
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a free online initiative to help New Zealanders learn New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Learn NZSL is an e-learning resource developed by the Deaf Studies Research Unit at Victoria University of Wellington. It covers everyday vocabulary, phrases and conversations, supported by interactive tasks and 660 videos. The Government contributed $230,000 through the NZSL Fund, administered by the NZSL Board. ...
Disability Issues | Health
Tue 4 Apr 2017
Disability Issues and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the group responsible for designing the new disability support system. “The co-design process is an exciting opportunity for leaders in the disability sector to work in partnership with government to transform the disability support system,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Health
Wed 29 Mar 2017
Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal with appropriate controls. “Scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is still developing but there’s a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Tourism
Tue 28 Mar 2017
Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner today opened new toilet facilities in Tekapo, co-funded through the Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund. The Mackenzie District Council received $405,000 last year for the construction of two toilet blocks, one located near the Church of the Good Shepherd and the other in Tekapo township. ...
Disability Issues
Mon 27 Mar 2017
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner say the New Zealand Special Olympics team should be extremely proud of its outstanding results at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Graz, Austria. “The 13 athletes who competed in last week’s games have returned to New Zealand today with 18 medals,” says Dr Coleman. “What’s even more impressive is that all members of the team have achieved personal best results.” ...
Customs
Mon 27 Mar 2017
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a commitment to help strengthen Fiji’s border security. New Zealand Customs will provide support and training for the transformation of Fiji’s Revenue and Customs Authority through an almost $1 million development plan funded by the New Zealand Aid programme.   “The plan will improve border security by supporting organisational and staff development, regulatory and policy reform as well as stakeholder engagement,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Mon 27 Mar 2017
An agreement to boost New Zealand-China trade was today signed by Customs Minister Nicky Wagner and China’s Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Wang Lutong. The Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) ensures border agencies in New Zealand and China recognise one another’s trusted exporter programmes. “New Zealand and China Customs enjoy a strong working relationship. This arrangement will further strengthen ties by helping streamline the movement of goods,” Ms Wagner says.  ...