Archive for December, 2011

New Zealand’s oil reserves target met for 2012

Comments Off | 12-23-2011

New Zealand has secured oil reserves for 2012 that ensure the country will continue to meet its international obligations, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley announced today.
“As a member of the International Energy Agency, New Zealand is required to hold 90-days of stock of the previous year’s net oil imports,” says Mr Heatley.
“New Zealand’s total [...]

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New Zealand continues solid economic growth amid global uncertainty

Comments Off | 12-22-2011

The economy posted solid growth in the September quarter, despite considerable global uncertainty, Finance Minister Bill English says.
Statistics New Zealand today confirmed gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.8 per cent in the September quarter. The economy has grown in nine out of the past 10 quarters. GDP grew by 1.9 per cent over the [...]

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Next steps for Canterbury DHB rebuild

Comments Off | 12-22-2011

The Government has given Canterbury District Health Board the go ahead to develop a business case for rebuilding the city’s hospitals.
Health Minister Tony Ryall says the ‘modified greenfield’ option being considered involves rebuilding most of the clinical wards at Christchurch Hospital including a new acute services wing. It also includes a new specialist centre for [...]

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New secondary school for Kawerau

Comments Off | 12-21-2011

Education Minister, Hekia Parata, has today announced her decision to establish a new secondary school, for years 7 to 13, in Kawerau to replace both Kawerau College and Kawerau Intermediate.
The Government last month announced $6 million to establish a new secondary school in Kawerau and invited the Kawerau College and Kawerau Intermediate Boards to provide [...]

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PM to visit Australia with Ministers

Comments Off | 12-21-2011

Prime Minister John Key will visit Australia from 27 to 29 January 2012 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting and a joint meeting of senior Cabinet Ministers.
This will be the second time the Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers have convened a joint meeting of senior Cabinet Ministers – the first was in 2009.
Mr [...]

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150 more schools to receive network upgrades

Comments Off | 12-21-2011

The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, today confirmed the next 150 schools to receive government-subsidised internal network upgrades, in readiness for ultra-fast broadband.
The Ministry of Education’s School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP) has so far upgraded networks in more than 700 state and state integrated schools with more in progress.
Ms Parata says that with the majority [...]

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Ministers reaffirm ANZAC Defence Cooperation

Comments Off | 12-21-2011

The Australian and New Zealand Defence Ministers held talks on the Australia-New Zealand bilateral defence relationship over the weekend.
Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith spoke with New Zealand Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman by telephone to congratulate him on his appointment as Minister for Defence and to discuss Trans-Tasman defence co-operation.
The Ministers also discussed the ANZAC [...]

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Groser announces New Zealand’s new TPP Lead Negotiator

Comments Off | 12-19-2011

Trade Minister Tim Groser is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr David Walker as New Zealand’s new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Lead Negotiator.
Dr Walker is currently Deputy Secretary with responsibility for Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has an extensive trade background. He negotiated the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (better known [...]

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Review to examine kiwifruit pollen imports

Comments Off | 12-17-2011

Primary Industries Minister David Carter has asked for an independent review of the rules and processes controlling the importation of kiwifruit pollen following new information on how the vine disease Psa may have entered the country.
“I have asked the Director-General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to commission a review of current pollen importing [...]

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Next steps in mixed ownership programme

Comments Off | 12-15-2011

The Government has confirmed the next steps in its mixed ownership programme to offer New Zealanders minority shareholdings in four state-owned energy companies and Air New Zealand.
Cabinet has agreed that Mighty River Power should be the first company prepared for an initial public offering (IPO), most likely in the third [...]

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