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Disability Issues
Fri 13 May 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner congratulates the New Zealand Defence Force team on their success at the 2016 Invictus games in Florida. The Invictus Games are a Paralympic-style sporting championship for wounded, injured and sick military servicemen and women, both serving and veterans. “I congratulate the outstanding performance of the New Zealand team. The team of 21 competitors have won 9 medals. It’s a tremendous result that the team should be extremely proud of,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Fri 13 May 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner congratulates the New Zealand Defence Force team on their success at the 2016 Invictus games in Florida. The Invictus Games are a Paralympic-style sporting championship for wounded, injured and sick military servicemen and women, both serving and veterans. “I congratulate the outstanding performance of the New Zealand team. The team of 21 competitors have won 9 medals. It’s a tremendous result that the team should be extremely proud of,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Sun 8 May 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner encourages all New Zealanders to take part in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week to celebrate one of the country’s official languages and its role in developing a strong Deaf community. “Next week allows us to take stock of just how much we have achieved in the 10 years since NZSL became an official language and to acknowledge how it has supported the growth of a vibrant, healthy and flourishing Deaf community in New Zealand,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Sun 8 May 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner encourages all New Zealanders to take part in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week to celebrate one of the country’s official languages and its role in developing a strong Deaf community. “Next week allows us to take stock of just how much we have achieved in the 10 years since NZSL became an official language and to acknowledge how it has supported the growth of a vibrant, healthy and flourishing Deaf community in New Zealand,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Fri 6 May 2016
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith says submissions are overwhelmingly supportive of New Zealand joining an international treaty that will make more published works available to people with a print disability. “The government released a discussion document in October seeking public feedback on whether New Zealand should accede to the international copyright agreement,” Mr Goldsmith says. ...
Disability Issues
Fri 6 May 2016
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith says submissions are overwhelmingly supportive of New Zealand joining an international treaty that will make more published works available to people with a print disability. “The government released a discussion document in October seeking public feedback on whether New Zealand should accede to the international copyright agreement,” Mr Goldsmith says. ...
Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the latest results from the Youth Service show it is making a difference for at-risk young people, by supporting them to build their skills and prepare them for employment. At the end of March, 86.5 per cent of the young people enrolled in the Youth Service were engaged in education, training or work-based learning. This is a 10.4 per cent increase, or more than 1,000 clients, than at the same time last year. ...

John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key has this morning expressed his deepest sympathies for the family, friends and supporters of Lecretia Seales who lost her battle with cancer. “Cancer is a terrible disease for those who suffer it and it’s particularly hard on those who witness their loved ones eventually succumb to it,” says Mr Key “My heart goes out to Lecretia’s family and friends.” ...
Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a new long-term strategy for social service investment will deliver better results for at-risk children, young people and adults, along with more effective use of taxpayer money. The Community Investment Strategy will create a more results-focused and evidence-based approach for MSD’s purchasing of social services for vulnerable people and communities, and will also be more transparent, targeted, flexible and efficient. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that new mandatory safety checking requirements for people who work with children will provide greater protection for our youngest New Zealanders. The new regulations, which come into effect on 1 July for all new core children’s workers, include a Police vet, a full identity check, comprehensive reference checking, candidate interviews and a risk assessment before they commence employment or contract work. ...

John Key | Prime Minister New Zealand has designated another terrorist group, Egypt-based Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002, Prime Minister John Key announced today. “These designations help implement our international obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 aimed at preventing the activities of terrorists,” says Mr Key. “The group has committed various terrorist acts, including the indiscriminate killing of civilians. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development A Bill that supports the government’s $790 million Budget 2015 package to assist children in beneficiary and lower-income working households has passed its first reading in Parliament, says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. The Support for Children in Hardship Bill amends Social Security, Inland Revenue and Educations Acts, to help deliver the key components of the Budget package, which includes: ...