Archive for May, 2012

Health and Charitable Sectors Bills Passed

Comments Off | 05-31-2012

State Services Minister Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the passing of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill, the Mental Health Commission Bill and the Charities Amendment Bill (No 2) into law.
The three Bills, which until recently formed collectively the Crown Entity Reform Bill, brings structural changes to government health and charitable [...]

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NZ to help election in PNG

Comments Off | 05-31-2012

The New Zealand Defence Force is assisting the upcoming June election in Papua New Guinea, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman announced today.
“Following a request from the PNG government, New Zealand will support the local authorities in the delivery of a safe, free and fair election by providing logistical support and [...]

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New funding to support more war veterans

Comments Off | 05-31-2012

More New Zealand veterans will be acknowledged for their service in operations overseas as part of a new initiative in Budget 2012, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Nathan Guy says.
“The Budget provides new operating funding of $4.8 million over the next four years to extend war pension coverage to those who served in 10 additional military deployments.
“This [...]

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Ministers to consider PCE report

Comments Off | 05-31-2012

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and Environment Minister Amy Adams will consider a new report that challenges law makers to think about issues such as the trade-offs between renewable energy and wild and scenic rivers.
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright has released a report titled: Hydroelectricity or wild rivers? Climate change versus natural heritage.
“Waterways play [...]

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Research shows benefits of overseas worker scheme in NZ

Comments Off | 05-30-2012

New research on the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme shows it continues to have major benefits for workers, employers and the countries involved, says Immigration Minister Nathan Guy.
“The RSE policy was designed to help with seasonal labour shortages in the horticulture and viticulture industries, and this new research by the Department of Labour shows the [...]

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Minister announces review team for Kaipara Council

Comments Off | 05-30-2012

Local Government Minister David Carter is to appoint a review team to assist the Kaipara District Council.
“It has become apparent that the Kaipara District Council is dealing with some serious issues that it cannot cope with alone,” says Mr Carter.
“The Council has sought help from central government and the wider local government sector. We have [...]

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Data-matching catches hard to reach fines

Comments Off | 05-30-2012

A new government data-matching initiative has collected over $16 million in hard-to-catch fines in its first seven months, Minister for Courts Chester Borrows announced today.
The amount collected is already more than the $15.6 million targeted for the first full year of the initiative. The scheme, which involves data-matching with the Inland Revenue Department and the [...]

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Funding for Canterbury social services

Comments Off | 05-29-2012

The Government is investing another $13 million over the next two years to support the ongoing demand for Canterbury social services.
“Since the earthquakes, Canterbury social service providers have done an outstanding job meeting the needs of the community,” says Mrs Bennett.
“The Government has provided $20 million for community and non-government organisations (NGOs) in Canterbury since [...]

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Minister provides assurances to schools

Comments Off | 05-29-2012

Education Minister Hekia Parata says no school will lose more than two full-time teachers (FTTEs) as a result of the policy changes in Budget 2012.
“As we’ve previously said, about 90% of schools will either gain, or have a net loss of less than one FTTE as a result of the combined effect of the ratio [...]

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Budget 2012 app popular new initiative

Comments Off | 05-28-2012

The Government’s new smartphone and tablet app for Budget 2012 was downloaded more than 8,600 times and was New Zealand’s most popular free-download app on Budget day, Finance Minister Bill English says.
The Budget App, called NZ Budget, allows users to read the Budget speech and key Budget documents, watch video coverage and read ministers’ public [...]

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