Great news for commuters in the lower North Island with the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway opening up at 4am this morning.
Applications are now open for the National-led Government's Freshwater Improvement Fund, which will help us reach our target of 90% of lakes and rivers being swimmable by 2040. More information: [ Mfe.govt.nz Link ]
We've just announced that by 2040 90% of New Zealand's lakes and rivers will meet swimmable water quality standards.
Immigration Minister Hon Michael Woodhouse has announced tough new punishments for employers who breach immigration and employment law.
More information: [ Beehive.govt.nz Link ]
See how the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial came together.

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial timelapse - Feb 2017

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We remember the 185 people that lost their lives in the earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011.
A sneak peek of the Waikanae to Paraparaumu section of the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway from today's hugely popular Expressway Open Day.
Patient portals are convenient and secure, and they're saving time for patients and GP practice staff.
An update on the fire in the Port Hills from Prime Minister Bill English.
Faster, safer, and more reliable journeys are nearly here with the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway opening to traffic soon.
At a time when many parts of the world face significant political and economic risks, the outlook for New Zealand is positive.
Patient portals are convenient and secure, and they're saving time for patients and GP practice staff.
Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee provides an update on the Port Hills fire where a state of emergency has been declared:
More New Zealanders are connected to Ultra-Fast Broadband as part of our $2 billion investment in faster, better internet.
Our Fruit in Schools programme is making a real difference to the health and well-being of Kiwi kids.
Better transport connections between Auckland and Northland got another step closer today.

New Auckland-Northland route revealed

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Here’s how the National-led Government has been supporting Kaikōura following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake three months ago.
Kaikōura's Stuart Smith MP provides an update on how the recovery is progressing three months on from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake.