Archive for September, 2012

Review of home-based early childhood education

Comments Off | 09-29-2012

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced a review of home-based early childhood education.
The review will seek to ensure that home-based early childhood education (ECE) aligns with the Government’s broader goals and priorities for ECE.  If not, changes in regulations, licensing practices and funding may be required.
“Home-based ECE is the most rapidly growing part of [...]

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National Standards data now online

Comments Off | 09-28-2012

Education Minister Hekia Parata says National Standards data published for the first time today on the Ministry of Education’s Education Counts website is a significant step forward in helping build the reading, writing and math skills of young learners.
“Our Government introduced National Standards to raise achievement, to identify children who are falling behind, to help [...]

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Study commissioned on East Coast oil & gas potential

Comments Off | 09-28-2012

A joint economic development study has been commissioned to look at the potential for and benefits of developing an oil and gas industry on the North Island’s East Coast.
The study is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and regional economic development agency Business Hawke’s Bay, on behalf of eight East [...]

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Year three ultra-fast broadband deployment plan released

Comments Off | 09-28-2012

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the release of Chorus’ year three deployment plan for the rollout of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme.
Chorus today confirmed that work to deploy the UFB network in Feilding, Gisborne, Greymouth, Kapiti, Levin, Pukekohe, Upper Hutt and Waiuku will start between July 2013 and June 2014.
Once work [...]

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Social Housing Fund allocation announced

Comments Off | 09-28-2012

Housing Minister Phil Heatley has released the Social Housing Fund Allocation Plan, setting out how the $104.1 million allocated in this year’s Budget will be spent on funding non-government housing providers over the next three years.
“This is the largest single Government investment ever made in community housing and demonstrates our determined response to the need [...]

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New Trade Commissioner for Indonesia

Comments Off | 09-28-2012

Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomes the announcement of the appointment of Tim Anderson as Trade Commissioner to Indonesia.
“This appointment will assist in taking New Zealand’s relationship with Indonesia to the next level. With 240 million people, Indonesia has the world’s fourth largest population and is the largest economy in the region, accounting for over one [...]

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Leadership programme to help boost exports

Comments Off | 09-27-2012

Kiwi executives will have the chance to learn from successful international business leaders under a leadership programme jointly funded by Government and business, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.
Expressions of interest are being invited for the Global Executive Leadership Programme, which provides an opportunity for senior managers to broaden their experience and skills via a [...]

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Govt tightens financial arrangements rules

Comments Off | 09-27-2012

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said today that the Government will move swiftly to tighten the rules relating to financial arrangements.
Mr Dunne said the current rules have a loophole that can allow an unfair tax deduction for what are, in real terms, capital amounts.
“The rules allow taxpayers to elect to treat short-term agreements for [...]

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Lease inducements changes reflect feedback

Comments Off | 09-27-2012

Lease inducement payments by commercial landlords to tenants will be made taxable, but with some important changes as a result of the recent consultation process, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.
Changes to the initial proposal to tax lease inducement payments include:
• Responding to concerns about business certainty, the reform will apply to [...]

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Prisoner education and employment exceeds targets

Comments Off | 09-27-2012

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says targets for prisoners engaged in education and employment have been exceeded by more than 100 per cent.
During the course of the Prisoner Skills and Employment Strategy 2009-2012, the number of prisoners in vocational training, employment and literacy and numeracy education increased to 7,529 from 5,359 – an increase of 2170 [...]

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