Five months in to the year and the weather has still been feeling pretty mild. Just as it’s changing this week, so will the political tempo, with the reading of the 2016 Budget in Parliament next Thursday.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says this year's expansion of the successful Fruit in Schools initiative to a record 547 schools has had a positive impact.
"Children need to eat well in order to optimise their learning and that’s why Fruit in Schools is so beneficial to students," says Dr Coleman.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes Pharmac’s major funding package with Roche for nine medicines which will benefit around 2,000 Kiwis.
“Budget 2016 invests an extra $124 million over four years to enable Pharmac to provide increased access to new medicines,” says Dr Coleman.
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the release of a discussion document that focuses on supporting older people to stay active.
“If we want New Zealanders to remain active in their later years we have to ensure we’re offering them the right opportunities,” says Dr Coleman.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced the appointed members of 19 DHBs, including seven new board chair appointments.
“DHBs are on the frontline delivering $12.2 billion in important health services to their local communities,” says Dr Coleman.