Archive for October, 2011

Innovative learning network to lift student achievement

Comments Off | 10-31-2011

Education Minister Anne Tolley has announced that a dedicated nationwide online network for New Zealand schools will be developed, to ensure that teaching and learning is at the forefront of global educational developments and makes the most of new technology.
The safe, secure system, called the Network for Learning, is estimated to cost between $300 -$400 [...]

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Minister welcomes evaluation of Service Academies

Comments Off | 10-31-2011

Education Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the release of an Education Review Office evaluation of Service Academies, which shows improved engagement, behaviour and academic achievement for the secondary school students enrolled in this important Youth Guarantee initiative.
The evaluation also found improvements in health and fitness levels at the military-focused academies, which offer courses such as [...]

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$2.7 million funding for cancer research

Comments Off | 10-31-2011

Health Minister Tony Ryall and the Minister for Science and Innovation Dr Wayne Mapp have announced funding for three cancer research projects.
Studies of bowel cancer, palliative care and prostate cancer will be undertaken by researchers at Auckland and Massey universities over the next three years.
Health Minister Tony Ryall says, “This research will build our knowledge [...]

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New Zealand and European Union to pursue Framework Agreement

Comments Off | 10-28-2011

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully and EU High Representative/Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton yesterday held bilateral talks in Perth. Catherine Ashton agreed to seek a negotiating mandate for a Treaty level Framework Agreement to upgrade the bilateral relationship.
“The European Union is a partner of first order importance [...]

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6430 orange zone properties turned green

Comments Off | 10-28-2011

Nearly 80 per cent of the remaining 8096 properties in the residential orange zone in Canterbury have been rezoned to green, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today.
“This confirms that a further 6430 residential properties can be either built on as is or built on with individual remediation to damaged parts of their land.
“Property [...]

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NZ Minister welcomes project to insulate Foxton

Comments Off | 10-28-2011

Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata, today welcomed a project to insulate all of the homes in central Foxton as part of the Government’s Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme.
‘Warm Up Foxton’ is being led by New Zealand company Autex Industries Ltd, in partnership with PowerShed Ltd and the Horowhenua District Council. [...]

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NZ Minister visits the Maui pipeline

Comments Off | 10-28-2011

The Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata, today visited the site of the gas leak on the Maui pipeline, just north of New Plymouth.
Vector has been working around the clock, rotating crews, since the early hours of Tuesday morning to fix a section of the pipe, which had ruptured along the seam.
The affected [...]

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Incubators get funding to support high-tech start-ups

Comments Off | 10-28-2011

Emerging high-tech businesses will get a hand up at a crucial time in their development, Science and Innovation Minister Wayne Mapp announced today.
Business incubators will now be able to give research and development grants of up to $50,000 for young high-tech companies. New Zealand’s eight incubators currently host about 120 ventures.
“We need a larger pool [...]

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New Zealand Ambassador to Chair WTO Agriculture Negotiations

Comments Off | 10-27-2011

Trade Minister Tim Groser announced today that there is a consensus among World Trade Organisation members to appoint New Zealand’s WTO Ambassador, John Adank, as the new chair of the WTO Doha Round agriculture negotiations.
Mr Adank is expected to be formally elected Chair at the next meeting of the Special Session of the Committee on [...]

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Govt seeks better value from receivership assets

Comments Off | 10-27-2011

The Government has decided to set up a company to manage the recovery of the remaining assets of six finance companies placed in receivership while they had Crown guarantees, Finance Minister Bill English says.
“Right throughout the Retail Deposit Guarantee scheme the Government has sought to minimise disruption to the economy, while reducing the cost to [...]

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