Archive for June, 2012

NZ-Japan to update double tax agreement

Comments Off | 06-30-2012

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne today welcomed the agreement in principle to a new double tax agreement between New Zealand and Japan.
“This is a very positive step towards modernising our tax treaty arrangements with Japan, which are now quite dated,” Mr Dunne said. ”The updating of the treaty recognises the importance of Japan as a major [...]

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Joyce to visit Indonesia & Singapore

Comments Off | 06-30-2012

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce will travel on Sunday to Indonesia and Singapore to highlight New Zealand as a destination for quality international education and science and research.
Mr Joyce’s visit includes attending the first formal meeting of the East Asia Summit Education Ministers in Yogyakarta on 5 July.
“Countries in East Asia represent [...]

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MBIE to drive Govt’s Business Growth Agenda

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The new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment commences operations on Monday and will ensure New Zealand has clear, co-ordinated and focused government policy leadership with a commitment to economic growth and innovation, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.
“A more efficient and effective single Ministry focused on lifting overall productivity and supporting the growth of [...]

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Funding boost to rebuild Kaiapoi’s aquatic centre

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The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust will donate over $1 million to fund repairs to the damaged Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre, Prime Minister John Key announced today.
“The earthquakes have created a shortage of pool spaces in the Canterbury region, so the funding decision is a big boost to the community groups which use this facility,” says Mr [...]

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Minister sets new priorities for ACC

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ACC Minister Judith Collins today tabled a new Service and Purchase Agreement between the Government and ACC outlining the services to be provided by the Corporation.
Ms Collins says the new agreement comes into effect on 1 July and represents a rebalance of the broader responsibilities ACC has to all New Zealanders.
“New Zealanders rightfully expect to [...]

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Minister launches new Get Ready ads

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Civil Defence Minister Chris Tremain today launched the new Get Ready series of advertisements at Mt Roskill primary school in Auckland.
The advertising campaign features primary school children from Mt Roskill and Mt Eden primary schools talking about what an earthquake is and what to do when an earthquake happens.
“The television advertising and online videos will [...]

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Govt to strengthen foundation-level learning

Comments Off | 06-30-2012

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce today announced the Government’s next steps in improving the outcomes of foundation level tertiary education.
Speaking at the Adult Literacy and Numeracy forum in Auckland this morning, Mr Joyce said the Government would accelerate the targeting of foundation education to those who need it most.
“While we have [...]

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Next steps in KiwiRail’s Turnaround Plan

Comments Off | 06-27-2012

The Government has today announced that KiwiRail’s balance sheet will be restructured in another step towards putting the company on a more commercial footing under its challenging Turnaround Plan.
“Under the plan, the Government is committed to ensuring KiwiRail can fund its business on a commercial basis,” Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprises Minister [...]

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Government extends primary sector recovery help

Comments Off | 06-27-2012

Farmers and growers impacted by a biosecurity incursion may be eligible for recovery assistance under a new Biosecurity Recovery Framework, Primary Industries Minister David Carter announced today.
The new framework will sit alongside existing support measures provided to farmers and growers affected by significant climatic events, such as droughts and floods.
“The Government recognises that biosecurity incursions [...]

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90-day trials help businesses take on staff

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New research showing the Government’s 90-day trial period is encouraging business to take a chance on new employees has been welcomed by Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson.
The study, undertaken by the Department of Labour, shows that more employers had used trial periods (60 per cent) and 40 per cent of employers who hired someone on a [...]

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