Archive for January, 2012

Courts Minister welcomes new way of working in Auckland

Comments Off | 01-31-2012

Courts Minister Chester Borrows congratulated Ministry of Justice staff today, following the successful launch of a regional way of working across district courts in New Zealand’s most populous region.
From today, services offered at each of the six district courts in the region – North Shore, Waitakere, Auckland, Manukau, Pukekohe and Papakura – will be managed [...]

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Joint Statement: Prime Minister Key, Prime Minister Gillard

Comments Off | 01-30-2012

Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and John Key met for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ meeting in Melbourne on 29 January. Their meeting was followed by the second Joint Meeting of Australian and New Zealand Cabinet Ministers.
The Prime Ministers re-affirmed their strong commitment to the closest possible relations between Australia and New [...]

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Australian and New Zealand Defence Ministers launch new Defence Relationship Framework

Comments Off | 01-30-2012

Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith today met with New Zealand’s newly appointed Minister of Defence Dr Jonathan Coleman for the Ministers’ first formal bilateral meeting.
The meeting was held in Melbourne in conjunction with the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting between Prime Ministers and senior Cabinet Ministers today.
The Ministers announced a new Australia-New Zealand Defence Relationship [...]

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Defence Minister attends ISAF Defence Ministers meeting

Comments Off | 01-28-2012

The Minister of Defence is attending defence talks in Europe next week after the bilateral meeting with the Australian Defence Minister and attending the joint Australian New Zealand Cabinet meeting in Melbourne this weekend.
On Sunday evening Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman will travel to London to meet defence leaders and to hold talks related to his [...]

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Ministers approve Crafar farms bid

Comments Off | 01-27-2012

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson and Associate Minister of Finance Dr Jonathan Coleman have accepted the recommendation of the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) to grant consent to Milk New Zealand Holding Limited (Milk New Zealand), a subsidiary of Shanghai Pengxin Group Co. Limited, to acquire the 16 Crafar farms.
“It is clear [...]

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Focus on spending restraint, return to surplus

Comments Off | 01-27-2012

Core Crown tax revenue was about $500 million below forecast in the five months ending 30 November, reinforcing the need for ongoing spending restraint and responsible fiscal management, Finance Minister Bill English says.
“The Government is committed to reducing its deficits over the next two years and returning to surplus in 2014/15,” he says. “This won’t [...]

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Iwi consultation for partial SOE share floats

Comments Off | 01-27-2012

The Government has announced a series of hui to consult with Maori on legislative changes it considers are necessary for the float of minority shareholdings in four State Owned Enterprises to New Zealanders.
Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall will lead the February consultation process with iwi [...]

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New Zealand support following Fiji floods

Comments Off | 01-27-2012

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will make an initial $350,000 available to support the response to the floods in Fiji.
“Sadly six lives have been confirmed as lost and over 1,500 people have been evacuated because of floods and bad weather affecting most parts of the country,” Mr McCully said.
“The Western Division, [...]

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Environmental Recovery plan for Rena launched

Comments Off | 01-27-2012

Environment Minister Nick Smith today launched the environmental recovery plan, to address the long term effects of the Rena disaster on the wider Bay of Plenty region.
“This plan is needed to bring together a wide range of central, regional and local government organisations as well as iwi to ensure the long-term clean-up job is well [...]

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Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit New Zealand

Comments Off | 01-27-2012

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov will arrive in Auckland next Monday (30 January) for a two day visit to New Zealand, Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully announced today.
“I am pleased to welcome Sergey Lavrov to New Zealand, particularly as his visit comes at a high point in New Zealand-Russia relations. We have [...]

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