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John Key | Deputy Prime Minister Changing the New Zealand flag? All New Zealanders are being encouraged to have their say in the public discussion on whether New Zealand should change its flag. The Government announced plans to review the New Zealand flag last year and an independent Flag Consideration Panel was appointed to run the process. The Panel launched a public engagement process on 5 May, which will run through until 16 July 2015. ...

John Key | Budget 2015 Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has announced a further $3 million will be invested in 2015/16 to help fund the completion of Northland’s Twin Coast Cycle Trail Pou Herenga Tai. The Government is working with the Far North District Council on the 84km trail which will pass through the centre of the Far North District, from Hokianga Harbour on the west coast to the Bay of Islands on the east. ...

John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key has congratulated Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of their second child, a girl. “On behalf of the people of New Zealand I would like to congratulate Prince William, Catherine and Prince George on this wonderful news. “This is a very special time for any family. The Duke and Duchess are excellent parents and I am sure Prince George will adore his new little sister.” ...

Anne Tolley | Revenue Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Revenue Minister Todd McClay say that taxpayers will soon be saving millions of dollars each year as a result of more efficient use of data from information sharing. Improved automation of Ministry of Social Development systems from late 2015, away from a manual service, will allow it to identify overpayments of benefits much more quickly, so that they can be corrected sooner.
John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key today released further details of Prince Harry’s visit to New Zealand from May 9 -16. “I am delighted Prince Harry is visiting New Zealand. The Prince has asked to meet a wide range of New Zealanders so his programme has been designed with that in mind,” says Mr Key. “I’m confident Prince Harry will have a fabulous time here and I encourage all New Zealanders to take the opportunity to go and see him.” ...

John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key today officially opened the new premises of the New Zealand Consulate-General in Dubai. The new office will house the Consulate, and offices of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Immigration NZ, and the Ministry of Primary Industries. “This new office reflects our continued commitment to develop a closer relationship with the Gulf region,” Mr Key says.
John Key | Prime Minister The Prime Minister has kicked off the Gulf trade mission by meeting the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and leading business figures. “These meetings gave me an opportunity to promote New Zealand business and talk about the benefits of our trade and investment relationship,” Mr Key says ...

John Key | Prime Minister It’s a pleasure to be with you here in Dubai this morning to open this business seminar. And I’d like to thank the Dubai Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event today. As you may be aware, I arrived in Dubai last night after attending significant war commemorations in Turkey. Today marks the beginning of my visit to several Gulf States, and I’d like to thank you for the warm welcome I’ve received. ...

John Key | Prime Minister There are places on this peninsula whose names will never be forgotten. Each country remembers where their soldiers fought, and where they fell. Places where extraordinary bravery was shown, in unspeakable conditions. For New Zealanders, nowhere in Gallipoli is more special than here on Chunuk Bair. It was not the scene of a great triumph. But it was the closest the Allied forces came to making a breakthrough in the whole Gallipoli campaign. And it was led by a few hundred Kiwis, 10,000 miles from home. ...

John Key | Prime Minister On this beach, on this day, at this hour, exactly 100 years ago, the first Anzac troops came ashore. Instead of the open spaces that had been described to them, they landed here with steep hills rising in front of this narrow beach. And in those hills, Ottoman Turkish soldiers were already positioned and ready to defend this land. We New Zealanders rarely think of ourselves as anyone’s enemy, or as aggressors. ...

John Key | Prime Minister One hundred years ago today, thousands of young New Zealand and Australian soldiers waited anxiously for the orders that would send them ashore in an attempt to secure the Gallipoli Peninsula. On shore, Turkish soldiers from their 9th and 19th Divisions waited just as anxiously, prepared to lay down their lives to protect their homeland. Two days later, 25 April - Anzac Day - thousands of soldiers on both sides were dead or wounded, on the first day of a campaign that would last eight harsh months. ...

John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key addressed the International Peace Summit in Istanbul, where historic bonds and current security challenges were common topics. “It’s important to acknowledge the bonds forged between New Zealand, Australia and Turkey through acts of kindness and gallantry on both sides of the battle of Gallipoli and the forgiveness and respect that subsequently grew,” says Mr Key.