Uptake of Health Star Rating welcomed

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Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today welcomed the announcement by Foodstuffs that it will adopt the Health Star Ratings on its Pams and Budget product packaging. “Having the support of one of the biggest food retailers in the country is a good sign of industry confidence in this new food labelling system,” Ms Kaye says. “Foodstuffs has more than 650 …

New electronic export certification now live

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An electronic certification system that has been years in development is now operating for animal product exports, Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye says. The new certification system, launched in the last few weeks, replaces an older system that was approaching the end of its life and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. It currently applies to meat and seafood products, with …

Green Star rating for new schools

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The government’s building programme for new schools is breaking fresh ground by ensuring new schools meet exacting environmental building standards, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says. “Children are reaping the benefits of learning in classrooms with plenty of natural light and warmth, and featuring energy efficient lighting and heating. “Additionally, schools with energy efficient lighting and heating benefit from reduced …

Construction starts for Mangere trades academy

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A new, modern-trades academy at Southern Cross Campus will create better career pathways for local students, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. Ms Kaye will attend a sod-turning ceremony at the Mangere, Auckland campus this morning, marking the start of construction of the $20m redevelopment. “The ceremony signals to the Mangere community that the campus is moving forward and …

Funding for councils to support young people

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Thirty city and district councils will benefit from the 2014 Youth Development Partnership Fund, Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye says. The allocated $739,000 in funding will provide assistance to local councils for projects that support young people aged 12 to 24. “This investment will give young people a chance to participate confidently in their communities – to be heard, and …

Over $7 million for upgrades to Warkworth School

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The Government is investing $7.6 million in Warkworth School to upgrade its buildings and facilities, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says. “The increased funding is to be used to replace the old buildings that make up the majority of the junior school, and replace some permanent buildings past their useful life. The redevelopment will also address onsite flooding from poor …

$2 million for new classrooms at Tai Tapu school

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Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced nearly $2 million funding for new classrooms at Tai Tapu School in rural Canterbury. “Selwyn district is part of a rapidly growing Canterbury region. The nine new buildings for Tai Tapu School are part of a broader classroom building programme which will address the capacity needs for the region,” Ms Kaye says. “Three …

Govt to establish Food Safety Science & Research Centre

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Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that expressions of interest have been released for a Food Safety Science and Research Centre. Establishing a New Zealand centre of food safety science and research is one of the 29 recommendations from the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Incident, released in …