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Anne Tolley | Budget 2015 Budget 2015 helps more people into work and supports the Government’s Better Public Services target of a 25 per cent reduction in the number of people receiving main benefits, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says. Budget 2015 allocates $32.5 million in new operating funding over the next four years and $1.5 million in 2014/15 to help reduce long-term welfare dependency. ...

Anne Tolley | Budget 2015 Budget 2015 supports the Government’s plan to provide better care for vulnerable children and families across New Zealand, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says. It provides $58.6 million in new operating funding over the next four years and $2.3 million in capital funding in 2015/16 to help vulnerable children. “Our most vulnerable kids deserve the very best support we can provide,” Mrs Tolley says. ...

Bill English | Budget 2015 Budget 2015 includes a $790 million package to reduce hardship among children in New Zealand’s poorest families, as the next step in the Government’s commitment to address the long-term drivers of deprivation.
John Key | Budget 2015 The National-led Government’s seventh Budget continues to support New Zealanders while responsibly managing the growing economy and the Government’s finances, Prime Minister John Key says. In particular, it will deliver a $790 million package to help children living in some of New Zealand’s poorest families. ...

John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key has today announced the Government is investing in two new tourism projects in Rotorua and Blenheim. Through the Tourism Growth Partnership fund, the Government is investing $350,000 to support the development of a new spa complex on Rotorua’s lakefront, and $1.5 million to support a new exhibition at Blenheim’s Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. “Tourism is a significant part of our economy and a major employer,” says Mr Key. ...

John Key | Budget 2015 The Budget will include extra measures to ensure that people buying and selling residential property for profit – including overseas buyers – pay their fair share of tax, Prime Minister John Key says. “People calling for a new capital gains tax often overlook the fact that under existing rules, anyone buying property with the intention of selling for a gain is liable for tax on that gain,” Mr Key told the National Party’s Lower North Island regional conference in Lower Hutt today. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the release of a detailed report into the benefit system, which confirms that welfare reform is contributing to huge savings for taxpayers in the decades ahead. The 2014 Benefit System Performance report is the second actuarial report on the lifetime costs of the benefit system to be produced by the Ministry of Social Development.
John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key has welcomed news that New Zealanders will have a chance to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo live in Wellington. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo today announced that it will return to Westpac Stadium for the second time in its 65-year history, as part of the New Zealand Festival in 2016.
John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key today offered his congratulations to David Cameron on his re-election as British Prime Minister. "I have sent David Cameron a brief message of congratulations, and hope to talk to him on the telephone over the next few days.  I will also be writing formally to him on behalf of the New Zealand Government," says Mr Key. ...

John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key has acknowledged the sudden passing of Ngati Hine leader Erima Henare. Mr Henare was the son of the late Sir James Henare and Lady Rose Henare, and held a number of public and iwi leadership roles. He was the chairman of the Maori Language Commission, executive director of Maori at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, a member of the Waitangi National Trust Board, and an adviser to the Maori King, Tuheitia Paki. “I am saddened to learn of Mr Henare’s passing,” says Mr Key. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that people with unresolved claims of historic abuse in state care are to be given the option of a fast-track settlement, or to continue with the normal process. Claimants who choose the new settlement approach will receive a prompt financial payment and a letter of apology from the Ministry of Social Development Chief Executive. This will be available for claims lodged before the end of 2014. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley welcomed the progress of a bill to extend access to New Zealand Superannuation and the Veteran’s Pension to those living in the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau after it passed its second reading. "This will mean people will be able to depart New Zealand to live in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau after the age of 55 and apply, without returning to New Zealand, for their super once they turn 65,” says Mrs Tolley. ...