Releases

Customs
Fri 7 Oct 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has met Customs five newest recruits in Auckland. The Labradors were selected from Australian Border Force’s dog breeding and training facility in Melbourne in August and are three weeks into an extensive three-month training programme. ...
Disability Issues
Wed 5 Oct 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes New Zealand’s accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Optional Protocol enables individuals or groups, who claim to have had their rights breached under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to make a complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. ...
Disability Issues
Wed 5 Oct 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes New Zealand’s accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Optional Protocol enables individuals or groups, who claim to have had their rights breached under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to make a complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. ...
Disability Issues
Sun 2 Oct 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the start of national Blind Week. “Next week is a chance for us to support to people who are blind or who have low vision,” Ms Wagner says. “A recent study shows that around 47,000 New Zealanders aged 15 years and over are blind or have low vision. That’s almost enough people to fill Eden Park. "We all want to make sure that people who are blind or who have low vision are included in our communities and have the same opportunities and outcomes as everyone else. ...
Disability Issues
Sun 2 Oct 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the start of national Blind Week. “Next week is a chance for us to support to people who are blind or who have low vision,” Ms Wagner says. “A recent study shows that around 47,000 New Zealanders aged 15 years and over are blind or have low vision. That’s almost enough people to fill Eden Park. "We all want to make sure that people who are blind or who have low vision are included in our communities and have the same opportunities and outcomes as everyone else. ...
Conservation
Sun 25 Sep 2016
Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner has welcomed the acquisition of a significant area of forest on the West Coast.  “The Nature Heritage Fund has acquired the 152 ha of lowland podocarp/beech forest in the Buller District on the West Coast on behalf of the Crown. The forest sits on fertile limestone alluvium between Ruff Creek and Yorke Creek on the eastern flank of the Paparoa Range. This is now a rare forest type due to clearance for agriculture,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Conservation
Sun 25 Sep 2016
Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner has welcomed the acquisition of a significant area of forest on the West Coast.  “The Nature Heritage Fund has acquired the 152 ha of lowland podocarp/beech forest in the Buller District on the West Coast on behalf of the Crown. The forest sits on fertile limestone alluvium between Ruff Creek and Yorke Creek on the eastern flank of the Paparoa Range. This is now a rare forest type due to clearance for agriculture,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Greater Christchurch Regeneration
Tue 20 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner say the 2016 Canterbury Wellbeing Survey and Index shows Cantabrians are making good progress. “The survey of over 3,000 greater Christchurch residents shows that Cantabrians’ quality of life and wellbeing continues to improve, and fewer people are negatively impacted by earthquake stressors,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Greater Christchurch Regeneration
Tue 20 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner say the 2016 Canterbury Wellbeing Survey and Index shows Cantabrians are making good progress. “The survey of over 3,000 greater Christchurch residents shows that Cantabrians’ quality of life and wellbeing continues to improve, and fewer people are negatively impacted by earthquake stressors,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Customs
Tue 20 Sep 2016
Overseas partner agencies have stopped illicit drugs with a harm cost of over $204 million from reaching New Zealand in the last financial year says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “Drug smuggling is a global problem and Customs works closely with offshore partners to detect smuggling activity and intervene with drug supply chains early,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Mon 19 Sep 2016
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner say the country is extremely proud of what our Paralympians achieved in Rio.  “Our 31 Kiwi Paralympians achieved 21 medals in total - nine gold, five silver, and seven bronze – that’s three medals over their target,” says Dr Coleman. “On a medals per capita basis, New Zealand topped the table, maintaining the top position it achieved in London 2012. ...
Disability Issues
Mon 19 Sep 2016
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner say the country is extremely proud of what our Paralympians achieved in Rio.  “Our 31 Kiwi Paralympians achieved 21 medals in total - nine gold, five silver, and seven bronze – that’s three medals over their target,” says Dr Coleman. “On a medals per capita basis, New Zealand topped the table, maintaining the top position it achieved in London 2012. ...