Releases

Food Safety
Thu 27 Apr 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David Bennett have welcomed steps to enhance New Zealand’s ability to respond to the growing global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). “Like other countries, New Zealand has seen a rise in antibiotic resistant infections and it is important that we develop a clear plan to reduce AMR,” says Dr Coleman. “Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. ...
Food Safety
Thu 27 Apr 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David Bennett have welcomed steps to enhance New Zealand’s ability to respond to the growing global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). “Like other countries, New Zealand has seen a rise in antibiotic resistant infections and it is important that we develop a clear plan to reduce AMR,” says Dr Coleman. “Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. ...
Veterans’ Affairs
Fri 14 Apr 2017
As Veterans’ Affairs Minister, I am fortunate enough to meet veterans who have served our country in one of the most selfless and brave ways a person can. Thank you for your service to New Zealand. It is a pleasure and privilege to be in your company. ...
Veterans’ Affairs
Fri 14 Apr 2017
Tena koutou katoa We Must Remember. Today we stand together to recognise the sacrifice made by men and woman of your district, who served their country with honour and bravery.  Today is made even more special by remembering that exactly 100 years ago John Herbert Cock, a prominent member of the Nelson district was killed in action while serving in the Royal Flying Corp. It is a great privilege to honour the sacrifice of our veterans and serving people and their contribution to the freedom, peace and security we at home are able to enjoy. ...
Transport
Fri 14 Apr 2017
Associate Transport Minister David Bennett is encouraging all motorists to stay safe when travelling over Easter. “Many of us are travelling to be with friends and family this long weekend. With the increased traffic and Cyclone Cook hitting, everyone needs to take all the steps to stay safe,” Mr Bennett says. “Four people lost their lives on our roads over Easter last year, and their families are facing another holiday without their loved ones. ...
Veterans’ Affairs
Mon 10 Apr 2017
The families of New Zealand military personnel, and their dependants, buried overseas between 1955 and 1971 in Singapore and Malaysia will be offered the opportunity to repatriate their loved ones. Veterans’ Affairs Minister David Bennett says this decision comes as a result of recommendations by the Veterans’ Advisory Board and the advocacy of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association and families affected, and has thanked them for their important contributions. ...
Transport
Fri 7 Apr 2017
Annual research released today has highlighted the hidden cost we pay for road crashes, says Associate Transport Minister David Bennett. The Ministry of Transport’s annual Social Cost of Road Crashes and Injuries report seeks to understand the social and economic cost of road crashes to New Zealand, and the estimated total social cost of fatal and injury crashes rose from $3.53 billion in 2014 to $3.79 billion in 2015. ...
Veterans’ Affairs
Wed 5 Apr 2017
Veterans’ Affairs Minister David Bennett has launched the 2017 Battle of Passchendaele multi-media competition. On 12 October 1917 at the World War One Battle of Passchendaele, 845 New Zealanders died, more than any other day in history. A further 2,700 were wounded. The annual competition, open to all Year 13 students, asks students to explore what that significant day means to them though the medium of their choice. ...
Transport
Thu 16 Mar 2017
Road works are underway right now to make the main trunk line to Tauranga from Auckland safer for motorists, Associate Transport Minister David Bennett says. The work includes the instalment of flexible safety barriers in high risk areas as well as rumble strips and the widening of property entrances along State Highway 27, from Tatuanui to north of Matamata. “The Government is committed to making our roads safer and has a wide ranging programme to achieve that,” Mr Bennett says. ...
Food Safety
Sat 4 Mar 2017
Food Safety Minister David Bennett is today travelling to Sri Lanka with a New Zealand business delegation to further strengthen ties between the two countries. “New Zealand’s relationship with Sri Lanka is stronger than ever, so this is an exciting time to travel with some of our business leaders and create new opportunities for our nations,” Mr Bennett says. “Sri Lanka’s economy is thriving, with the potential for New Zealand to increase not only its commodity trade, but other sectors including aviation and healthcare.” ...
Wed 4 Jan 2017
The provisional road toll for 2016 is 326, Associate Transport Minister David Bennett says. “The road toll is not just a number — every figure represents a life needlessly lost and family, friends and communities grieving. Our thoughts are with those that have lost loved ones on our roads over the past year” Mr Bennett says. ...
Fri 23 Dec 2016
Associate Transport Minister David Bennett is encouraging road users to do the right thing and travel safely over the summer holidays. "This is a special time of the year to celebrate with friends and family so we want to ensure everyone travelling on our roads gets to their destination safely,” Mr Bennett says. “Drivers can help keep themselves, their passengers, and other road users safe by following the rules and applying common sense.” ...