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New Zealand has topped the global charts for wealth growth between 2000 and 2014, according to a report by Credit Suisse.


New Zealand has secured a place on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.

Read the Prime Minister's media release


Prime Minister John Key on 6 October announced his new Cabinet and other ministerial appointments. Bill English remains Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Murray McCully remains Minister of Foreign Affairs. The new Minister of Defence is Gerry Brownlee. Tim Groser remains Minister of Trade. Ministers will be appointed on 8 October.

Prime Minister John Key's full announcement can be found here.


A recent report ranks Japan and New Zealand among the top ten best places to grow old. Japan comes in at ninth and New Zealand at tenth. The survey by London-based HelpAge International takes into consideration factors such as income security and health status, while drawing on data provided by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank, World Health Organization and many others. Japan is the only country listed in the top 10 that is not located in Western Europe, North America or Australasia.


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics released on 18 September showed that the NZ economy grew by 0.7% in the June 2014 quarter. This was close to market expectations.


In New Zealand’s general election held on 20 September the National party was returned to power with an increased share of the vote and an increased number of seats in the Parliament. Prime Minister John Key has since begun discussions with several minor parties with a view to putting in place new coalition arrangements. There will be some changes to the membership of the Cabinet which Mr Key will announce in due course.


18 September 2014

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today congratulated the people of Fiji following their first democratic elections since 2006.

"Fiji’s election is a significant event, both for Fiji and for the wider Pacific region," Mr McCully says.

"New Zealand has long been an advocate for elections in Fiji, and we are proud of our support for the election preparations and the institutions that will underpin Fiji’s return to democratic rule.


19 September 2014

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the International Whaling Commission’s passing of a New Zealand resolution enshrining the International Court of Justice’s decision on Japanese whaling.

“New Zealand wanted to make sure the Whaling Commission had rules in place that reflected the Court’s clear guidance on what constitutes scientific whaling,” Mr McCully says.


New Zealand welcomed the training squadron of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and its crew members in Auckland from 2 to 6 September.


Under New Zealand legislation the Treasury is required to provide an update on the New Zealand economy and fiscal outlook ahead of every general election. The 2014 general election will be held on 20 September and the Treasury last month released the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU) 2014.

The update offers a detailed picture of the economy and public finances. The various parts of it are available on The Treasury’s website.

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