Archive for September, 2011

New Zealand To Sign Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Comments Off | 09-29-2011

The Minister of Trade Hon Tim Groser announced today that New Zealand will join other countries in signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at an official ceremony arranged by Japan in Tokyo on 1 October.
ACTA, which aims to curb the growing trade in counterfeit goods and pirated copyright works, covers countries representing half the world’s [...]

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Crown Entities Reform Bill introduced

Comments Off | 09-29-2011

The Crown Entities Reform Bill has been introduced to the House.
This omnibus Bill provides for structural changes to the way the government is organised across the health and charitable sectors, including:
• establishing a new Health Promotion Agency that will take over the functions of the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC), the Health Sponsorship [...]

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HIF delivers affordable homes in Wellington

Comments Off | 09-29-2011

Housing Minister Phil Heatley has today opened four new four-bedroom townhouses built by the Wellington Housing Trust to provide affordable housing in Newtown, Wellington.
The Trust received Housing Innovation Funding (HIF) of $1 million to help with the cost of the build which cost of 1.79 million
“I am always delighted to see Government funding being used [...]

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Aquaculture enters new era

Comments Off | 09-29-2011

Major aquaculture legislation reform that creates the platform for aquaculture to become a $1 billion industry by 2025 takes effect on 1 October 2011 says Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Phil Heatley.
“Aquaculture requires only a small fraction of our coastal space, but it has the potential to be a huge boost to our economy,” says Mr [...]

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Agreements enhance China – NZ relationship

Comments Off | 09-28-2011

Five new agreements signed today show the growing relationship between China and New Zealand, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.
Mr English and China’s Vice Premier Hui Liangyu witnessed the signings at Premier House this morning.
The governments concluded two bilateral arrangements – one to improve market access for apples into China and one to boost scientific [...]

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Young beneficiaries get opportunities to work

Comments Off | 09-28-2011

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says Work and Income’s youth focused seminars are getting results, but non-attendance is a real issue.
“These seminars provide opportunities for young people to connect with local employers, or take up education that will lead to a job,” says Ms Bennett.
The seminars run by Work and Income around the country are [...]

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New funding strengthens research collaboration with Japan

Comments Off | 09-27-2011

Two research projects awarded a total of $1 million in funding will strengthen collaborative research relationships between New Zealand and Japan, Science and Innovation Minister Wayne Mapp announced today.
“These research projects have strong commercial potential, including through the Japanese market, and so have the potential to benefit our economy,” said Dr Mapp.
“The Government is committed [...]

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NZ environmental cooperation with Chile grows

Comments Off | 09-27-2011

Growing partnerships between New Zealand and Chile on environmental issues will provide long-term benefits, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nick Smith says.
Dr Smith and Chilean Environment Minister, María Ignacia Benítez, met in Wellington yesterday to reaffirm a commitment of both countries to work cooperatively on environmental issues.
“Chile and New Zealand have many geographical and climatic [...]

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HNZ to create more and better housing in Auckland

Comments Off | 09-27-2011

Housing Minister Phil Heatley has welcomed Housing New Zealand’s (HNZ) announcement of a major upgrade and increase of its state housing property in urban Auckland.
Nearly half (14,500) of the 30,600 state homes in the city will receive upgrades and up to 1400 new state homes will also be added to the HNZ Auckland property portfolio [...]

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National Cyber Security Centre opens

Comments Off | 09-27-2011

The new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has officially opened today.
The centre is charged with helping to defend government agencies and critical infrastructure providers against cyber threats.
The Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Steven Joyce, says the global threat from cyber intrusions is real and growing, and New Zealanders and the New Zealand economy are [...]

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