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Wed 20 Jul 2016
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Minister Parata and I visited Welcome Bay School recently to make an announcement that is outstanding for our region. After being welcomed warmly by the students with a beautiful waiata a $20.5 million boost for education infrastructure in the Bay of Plenty was announced.

Thu 28 Jul 2016
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Supporting older New Zealanders through better access to public services is one of this Government’s main priorities.

Thu 4 Aug 2016
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New Zealand’s native birds and plants are a treasured part of our nation’s identity. We use symbols of the kiwi and the silver fern to represent our country, and our native species are a huge source of national pride.

Mon 8 Aug 2016
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If the Republican Convention in Cleveland was typified by delegates who were white, older, angry and genuinely afraid for their country, the democratic convention was where the rest of America turned up.  It was everything the republican convention wasn’t, chaotic, diverse, reflecting the many other shades of America coming together t

Wed 31 Aug 2016
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New Zealand’s native birds and plants are a treasured part of our nation’s identity. We use symbols of the kiwi and the silver fern to represent our country, and our native species are a huge source of national pride.

Wed 10 Aug 2016
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I have returned to NZ from my US sojourn with an increased appreciation of our democracy and general way of life.  The US must always be acknowledged for being the first country to imagine a democracy with genuine power to the people when they declared independence in 1776 – although for women and African Americans, universal suffrage

Thu 11 Aug 2016
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National’s KiwiSaver HomeStart helps New Zealanders into a modest first home.

Thu 18 Aug 2016
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Having access to quality internet is a vital part of modern life. It makes our personal lives more efficient and convenient, gives New Zealand businesses immediate access to global audiences, and provides better learning opportunities for our children.

Thu 25 Aug 2016
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Last week I attended the Young Innovators Awards, the preeminent local  competition for school kids aged 9 -18 here in the Bay.  There were over 300 applications and the winners were astounding.  If you ever find yourself reflecting on the challenges of today’s world and its pace of change with any fear, a few minutes w

Mon 22 Aug 2016
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Supporting our vulnerable children is so important and it is vital that  we take every step possible towards achieving that goal. Currently the long-term outcomes for children and young people who grow up in our care are terrible but we have made some announcements that will work to improve this.