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John Key | Prime Minister It is a pleasure and it is also fitting to be here with my Australian counterpart today for the dedication of this magnificent memorial. This park was opened only two days ago, though its origins date back to 1919 when the government agreed to build a National War Memorial here in Wellington. It was to be visible from any part of the city, from ships entering the harbour, and from Parliament, so that future governments would remember the sacrifice that had been made in the First World War.  ...

John Key | Prime Minister Thank you all for being here to witness the official opening of this park as a place of commemoration and remembrance for the whole nation. This opening comes as we are focussed on the 100th commemorations of the First World War. That war had a deep and abiding impact on New Zealand and New Zealanders.  In our small nation, almost every family was affected by it. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the latest benefit figures show a further year-on-year decline as the New Zealand economy improves and welfare reforms continue to support families. There were 284,260 people on benefit at the end of the March 2015 quarter, a drop of 11,060, or 3.7 per cent, compared to a year ago. The figures are the lowest since March 2009. “These numbers are extremely positive, and they continue the downward trend of the number of people on welfare,” says Mrs Tolley. ...

John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key will lead an 18-member New Zealand business delegation to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait from 26 April to 1 May. This will be the first visit by a New Zealand Prime Minister to Saudi Arabia. “The visit is an opportunity to strengthen and grow trade and business links between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and New Zealand,” says Mr Key. It will also provide the opportunity to progress the conclusion of the NZ-GCC free trade agreement. ...

John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has welcomed Air New Zealand’s announcement that it will begin operating direct flights between Houston and New Zealand. The new service will provide for a more direct route for the millions of US citizens living in the south and east of the country, and for New Zealanders heading in the opposite direction.
John Key | Budget 2015 Budget 2015 On 21 May, Finance Minister Bill English delivered the National-led Government’s seventh Budget. It sets out the next steps in our economic programme and demonstrates National-led Government’s continuing focus on helping families. Budget 2015 forecasts a return to surplus next year and increasing surpluses in subsequent years. It includes a $790 million package of measures aimed at reducing hardship among children living in some of New Zealand’s poorest families. ...

John Key | Budget 2015 Good afternoon. It’s great to be with you today. I’d like to thank Business New Zealand for hosting this event. Like all New Zealanders, we have a shared interest in building a strong economy that provides opportunities for Kiwi families and businesses to get ahead here in their own country. We don’t always agree on everything – and that’s to be expected.
John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key today announced Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s second official visit to New Zealand.   Prime Minister Abbott and his accompanying delegation will arrive in Wellington on Sunday night to take part in the Anzac centenary commemorations. “It is great to be able to welcome Prime Minister Abbott back to New Zealand so soon after his first visit in February for the Australia-New Zealand leaders’ talks,” says Mr Key.  ...

John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key released today further details on Prince Harry’s visit to New Zealand in May. “Prince Harry will arrive in Wellington on Saturday 9 May and will leave New Zealand from Auckland on Saturday 16 May. “An interesting programme is being planned for Prince Harry to try and meet a wide a range of New Zealanders in different communities,” says Mr Key. During the week he is here Prince Harry will visit Stewart Island, Christchurch, Wellington, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says an amendment bill passed in Parliament today addresses ambiguities and technical errors in the Social Security Act. The Social Security Amendment Bill (No3) clarifies the Act to ensure consistency for students seeking accommodation assistance and for treatment of weekly compensation payments. “The welfare system delivers assistance to over one million New Zealanders every year and we want to make sure people are treated fairly and equally,” says Mrs Tolley. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that an independent panel has been established to lead a complete overhaul of Child, Youth and Family, to ensure that the agency delivers the best possible results for vulnerable children and their families in the decades ahead. The expert panel, led by Paula Rebstock, will oversee the development and implementation of a new operating model to modernise CYF, enhance its governance and assurance, and will have a wide-ranging brief to consider all aspects of CYF operations.
John Key | Prime Minister Helping first home buyers The National-led Government’s HomeStart programme took effect on 1 April this year, and will help tens of thousands more first home buyers and young families into a home of their own over the next five years. It will encourage the building of new, affordable homes and help New Zealand families get a deposit together for a house. HomeStart complements the wide programme of work the Government already has underway to help New Zealand families. ...