Archive for April, 2012

Quality information on oil and gas resources

Comments Off | 04-27-2012

Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley has welcomed the launch of Petroleum Basin Explorer, a new petroleum exploration data portal developed by GNS Science.
“To realise the potential of our oil and gas resources, we must attract reputable operators who are willing to invest in exploration,” said Mr Heatley.
“Providing good quality information has been a key [...]

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2011 Prime Minister’s Award announced

Comments Off | 04-27-2012

Jade Fai Leung from Auckland’s St Cuthbert’s College was named today as winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence.
Education Minister, Hekia Parata, presented the Top Scholar Awards, on behalf of the Prime Minister, at Government House.
The Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence recognises the highest achieving student in the [...]

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Loan shark law meetings start next week

Comments Off | 04-27-2012

Consumer Affairs Minister Simon Bridges will begin a series of meetings on Monday to discuss tougher loan shark laws.
The Minister will meet with community and industry groups in Wellington on Monday, followed by meetings in Auckland and Christchurch on 7 May, to discuss the draft Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Amendment Bill.
“There are too many [...]

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Budget 2012 will confirm surplus in 2014/15

Comments Off | 04-26-2012

Budget 2012 will set out balanced decisions to ensure the Government remains on track to surplus in 2014/15, Finance Minister Bill English confirmed today.
In particular, it will address a $1 billion deterioration in the forecast operating balance before gains and losses in 2014/15 between the Budget Policy Statement in February and preliminary Budget estimates.
“It’s important [...]

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Government to strengthen fiscal responsibility

Comments Off | 04-26-2012

The Government intends to strengthen the Public Finance Act so there are more checks and balances on ministers’ spending decisions and their long-term effects, Finance Minister Bill English says.
“The fiscal responsibility provisions of the Public Finance Act, which include a high degree of public reporting and transparency, have served New Zealand well in terms of [...]

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NZ to send two observers to Syria

Comments Off | 04-25-2012

The Minister of Defence has confirmed two New Zealand Defence Force staff are being offered to the UN Mission in Syria.
The United Nations made an urgent request last week for New Zealand and other countries to consider the immediate and temporary redeployment of UN Military Observers currently deployed with the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) [...]

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Australia and New Zealand release bilateral Defence Framework

Comments Off | 04-25-2012

Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith and New Zealand Minister of Defence Dr Jonathan Coleman today reaffirmed their commitment to ANZAC Defence cooperation with the release of the Review into the Australia-New Zealand Defence Relationship.
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World [...]

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Govt receives international freight report

Comments Off | 04-25-2012

The Government has received the Productivity Commission’s final report on international freight services and will provide a thorough response once it has considered it in detail, Finance Minister Bill English says.
“International freight issues are vitally important to New Zealand as a nation of exporters, located a long way from major world markets,” Mr English says.
“Increasing [...]

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MBIE to proceed from 1 July

Comments Off | 04-25-2012

The Government has today confirmed its plans to establish the new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on 1 July this year.
The Ministry will bring together the existing functions of the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Science and Innovation, Department of Labour and Department of Building and Housing.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the [...]

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Proposed changes to agricultural vehicle rules

Comments Off | 04-25-2012

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee is inviting the agricultural sector to have its say on proposed changes to transport regulation for agricultural vehicles.
“Last year the government announced the need to ensure these rules were protecting safety without imposing unnecessary red tape,” Mr Brownlee said.
“The Ministry of Transport, Police, the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Department [...]

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