Releases

Disability Issues
Mon 25 Jul 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging New Zealanders to give feedback on the first draft of the disability strategy as the second round of public consultation begins. “The current Disability Strategy was released in 2001. Since then there have been fundamental shifts in the way New Zealand, and the world, look at disability. That is why we’re building a new disability strategy,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Mon 25 Jul 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging New Zealanders to give feedback on the first draft of the disability strategy as the second round of public consultation begins. “The current Disability Strategy was released in 2001. Since then there have been fundamental shifts in the way New Zealand, and the world, look at disability. That is why we’re building a new disability strategy,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Thu 14 Jul 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today launched EmployAbility, an employment programme to assist people with health conditions and disabilities into work to take place in the Bay of Plenty. “Work and Income will match clients with a health condition or disability to jobs that suit their particular skills. Once a person gets a job, we’ll offer ongoing support to them and their employer, to help ensure it’s successful for everyone,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Thu 14 Jul 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today launched EmployAbility, an employment programme to assist people with health conditions and disabilities into work to take place in the Bay of Plenty. “Work and Income will match clients with a health condition or disability to jobs that suit their particular skills. Once a person gets a job, we’ll offer ongoing support to them and their employer, to help ensure it’s successful for everyone,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Conservation
Sun 10 Jul 2016
Associate Minister of Conservation Nicky Wagner welcomes the Awaroa beach property becoming part of the Abel Tasman National Park today after its purchase through a Givealittle campaign. Ms Wagner, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and West Coast based MP Maureen Pugh are today at the Awaroa beach for a celebration of it being gifted to the nation. ...
Conservation
Sun 10 Jul 2016
Associate Minister of Conservation Nicky Wagner welcomes the Awaroa beach property becoming part of the Abel Tasman National Park today after its purchase through a Givealittle campaign. Ms Wagner, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and West Coast based MP Maureen Pugh are today at the Awaroa beach for a celebration of it being gifted to the nation. ...
Disability Issues
Thu 7 Jul 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says the partnership between the New Zealand Artificial Limb Service (NZALS) and Victoria University, School of Design is making the most of 3D printing to improve the lives of amputees. “As new technology becomes available, we need to ensure that we use it to our advantage and that is why students from Victoria University are working with the NZALS to explore new approaches to improve the lives of amputees through 3D printing,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Thu 7 Jul 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says the partnership between the New Zealand Artificial Limb Service (NZALS) and Victoria University, School of Design is making the most of 3D printing to improve the lives of amputees. “As new technology becomes available, we need to ensure that we use it to our advantage and that is why students from Victoria University are working with the NZALS to explore new approaches to improve the lives of amputees through 3D printing,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Fri 1 Jul 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the tabling of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which was submitted to Parliament for consideration yesterday. “The Protocol will provide New Zealand with a useful, independent, international source of expert feedback on areas of New Zealand’s disability policy and provides added protection to the rights of disabled people under the CRPD,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Fri 1 Jul 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the tabling of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which was submitted to Parliament for consideration yesterday. “The Protocol will provide New Zealand with a useful, independent, international source of expert feedback on areas of New Zealand’s disability policy and provides added protection to the rights of disabled people under the CRPD,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Thu 30 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs is continuing to look into different ways of collecting tax effectively for low-value imports before proposing to lower the threshold at which it is collected. “The volume of low value goods imports has grown by about 14 per cent per annum and is expected to double over the next five years. Customs does not currently collect GST and tariff duty if the total tax owed is under $60,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Thu 30 Jun 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs is continuing to look into different ways of collecting tax effectively for low-value imports before proposing to lower the threshold at which it is collected. “The volume of low value goods imports has grown by about 14 per cent per annum and is expected to double over the next five years. Customs does not currently collect GST and tariff duty if the total tax owed is under $60,” Ms Wagner says. ...