Archive for March, 2012

Review favours extension of flexible work rights

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A review of workers’ rights to ask for flexible work arrangements has found strong support for extending the power to all employees.
The review into section 6AA of the Employment Relations Act was presented to Parliament today by Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson.
It found flexibility delivered positive business benefits, including improved retention and recruitment of staff, reduced [...]

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New framework for bus and ferry public transport

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A new framework delivering better value for money from bus and ferry services has been approved by Cabinet, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced.
The Public Transport Operating Model will enable regional councils and public transport operators to develop a public-private partnership to improve the delivery of public transport services through collaborative planning and investment.
“Both central [...]

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Minister to address Auckland EthnicA 2012

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Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins will tomorrow acknowledge the contribution ethnic people make to our country at the first of four EthnicA conferences to be held around New Zealand.
Ms Collins said our migrants and ethnic communities bring an extraordinary amount of talent and skill to our shores, and we must harness their potential.
“The Government recognises [...]

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UFB presents new opportunities for market

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Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has welcomed news that Australian movie and television service Quickflix has decided to enter the New Zealand market.
“This is one of the early signs that the market understands the new opportunities that will be available under the ultra-fast broadband initiative (UFB),” Ms Adams says.
“These are exciting times as [...]

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Cellular spectrum renewals completed

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Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams today announced the completion of cellular spectrum renewals that secure key rights for Telecom, 2degrees and Vodafone through to 2031.
Telecom has this week completed settlement, enabling it to renew the 850 megahertz (MHz) band rights that it uses for its XT network.
2degrees settled in January for the 900 [...]

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Govt boosts international education support for Chch

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The Government is boosting its support for the Christchurch international education sector with a dedicated $5 million fund that will promote the city overseas as an education destination over the next four years, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce announced today.
“Christchurch is normally our second largest destination for international students and the [...]

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Government committed to interest-free student loans

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Revenue Minister Peter Dunne has countered concerns that a change proposed in a student loans bill before Parliament may result in some borrowers losing their interest-free status when the loan is transferred from StudyLink to Inland Revenue on 1 April 2012.
“This interpretation of what is in the bill is mischievous and, quite simply, wrong,” Mr [...]

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Minister welcomes inquiry into fracking

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Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley has welcomed the inquiry into fracking announced today by Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright.
“I look forward to the results of this inquiry. It will enable us to move forward with confidence and a clear understanding of what’s fact and what’s fiction,” Mr Heatley said.
“This inquiry will enable [...]

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International student numbers show impact of Chch quakes

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Christchurch’s earthquakes have had a big impact on the number of international students studying in the city with a 37% drop in 2011, latest figures from the Education Ministry show.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce says the results were not unexpected.
“The earthquakes in Canterbury have severely impacted the number of people from [...]

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Vehicle Licensing Reform for value for money

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Reform to deliver a simpler and more efficient vehicle licensing system has been announced by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee.
The Vehicle Licensing Reform project, jointly led by the Ministry of Transport and the NZ Transport Agency will examine:
• annual vehicle licensing (commonly known as registration)
• warrant of fitness and certificate of fitness
• transport services licensing
“This reform [...]

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