Releases

Customs
Sun 26 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs detector dogs that are proving their worth, having sniffed out almost $10 million of undeclared and concealed cash at the border in three years since their introduction. “Customs dogs and their handlers play an important role in targeting and identifying criminal activities and networks. They help to protect New Zealand from money laundering and detecting the movements of large sums of cash that could be linked to illicit activities,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Sun 26 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs detector dogs that are proving their worth, having sniffed out almost $10 million of undeclared and concealed cash at the border in three years since their introduction. “Customs dogs and their handlers play an important role in targeting and identifying criminal activities and networks. They help to protect New Zealand from money laundering and detecting the movements of large sums of cash that could be linked to illicit activities,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Conservation
Fri 24 Jun 2016
Associate Minister of Conservation Nicky Wagner says it’s great to see young people rolling up their sleeves and volunteering for conservation. “This week is National Volunteer Week and is a chance to celebrate people of all ages making time in their busy lives to volunteer and help protect New Zealand’s natural heritage,” Ms Wagner says. “More than 15,000 people participated in Department of Conservation volunteer programmes last year, working the equivalent of about 35,000 work days.  ...
Conservation
Fri 24 Jun 2016
Associate Minister of Conservation Nicky Wagner says it’s great to see young people rolling up their sleeves and volunteering for conservation. “This week is National Volunteer Week and is a chance to celebrate people of all ages making time in their busy lives to volunteer and help protect New Zealand’s natural heritage,” Ms Wagner says. “More than 15,000 people participated in Department of Conservation volunteer programmes last year, working the equivalent of about 35,000 work days.  ...
Disability Issues
Wed 22 Jun 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today thanks all volunteers for their hard work supporting disabled people in their community. “This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week. I acknowledge and thank all those who spend hours of their time, energy and skills volunteering, including the valuable volunteer work done by disabled people,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Wed 22 Jun 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today thanks all volunteers for their hard work supporting disabled people in their community. “This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week. I acknowledge and thank all those who spend hours of their time, energy and skills volunteering, including the valuable volunteer work done by disabled people,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Tue 21 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says six new eGates are now open for New Zealand, Australian, US, UK, and Canadian ePassport holders travelling to Queenstown. “Four new next-generation eGates are available on arrival and two on departure, giving travellers the option of completing Customs checks using the one-step electronic process,” Ms Wagner says. “The opening of the gates is timely, with fresh snow covering the ranges and Queenstown airport’s international capacity scheduled to increase by 14 per cent compared to last winter.” ...
Customs
Tue 21 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says six new eGates are now open for New Zealand, Australian, US, UK, and Canadian ePassport holders travelling to Queenstown. “Four new next-generation eGates are available on arrival and two on departure, giving travellers the option of completing Customs checks using the one-step electronic process,” Ms Wagner says. “The opening of the gates is timely, with fresh snow covering the ranges and Queenstown airport’s international capacity scheduled to increase by 14 per cent compared to last winter.” ...
Greater Christchurch Regeneration
Tue 21 Jun 2016
Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner has praised the many volunteers who have helped greater Christchurch make such big strides in its recovery and regeneration. “National Volunteer Week is a chance to acknowledge the tremendous effort volunteers have put into helping others through difficult times in Canterbury over the last few years, and the time they continue to give selflessly,” Mrs Wagner says. ...
Greater Christchurch Regeneration
Tue 21 Jun 2016
Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner has praised the many volunteers who have helped greater Christchurch make such big strides in its recovery and regeneration. “National Volunteer Week is a chance to acknowledge the tremendous effort volunteers have put into helping others through difficult times in Canterbury over the last few years, and the time they continue to give selflessly,” Mrs Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Wed 15 Jun 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulates Robert Martin as the first person with a learning disability to be elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  “Robert is well respected for his long history of advocacy work on disabled people’s rights both domestically and internationally. His election to the Committee is important because it is the first time that a person with a learning disability has been represented at the highest level. It’s a world first,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Wed 15 Jun 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulates Robert Martin as the first person with a learning disability to be elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  “Robert is well respected for his long history of advocacy work on disabled people’s rights both domestically and internationally. His election to the Committee is important because it is the first time that a person with a learning disability has been represented at the highest level. It’s a world first,” Ms Wagner says. ...