Archive for November, 2012

New Zealand welcomes TPP negotiators

Comments Off | 11-30-2012

Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomes the arrival of over 500 negotiators from 11 countries to Round 15 of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which runs from 3-12 December in Auckland.
“TPP participants already take around 38 percent of our exports and include our largest services and international procurement markets.
“A comprehensive 21st century agreement would provide many more [...]

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Groser to attend climate talks in Qatar

Comments Off | 11-30-2012

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser departs tomorrow for the 18th ministerial climate change conference to be held in Doha, Qatar under the UN Convention on Climate Change.
“Last year’s conference in Durban made some significant advancements, including the decision to negotiate a new global agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol by 2020,” Mr Groser says.
“The aim [...]

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Collins to visit Hong Kong and Brussels

Comments Off | 11-30-2012

Justice Minister Judith Collins leaves tomorrow for a week-long trip to Hong Kong and Brussels.
In Hong Kong, Minister Collins will meet her public sector counterparts at the Government Office, including the Secretary for Justice and the Chief Justice of the Final Court of Appeal.
“I look forward to discussing some of the justice issues we are [...]

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Investment in court safety produces big gains

Comments Off | 11-29-2012

Investment by the Government to improve court safety has resulted in significant improvements, Courts Minister Chester Borrows announced today.
Between 2009/10 and 2011/12, security incidents in courts have fallen by 35 per cent, with serious incidents down 63 per cent.
“Those who go to court should be able to feel safe, whatever their reason for being there.  [...]

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Legislative milestone for public service reform

Comments Off | 11-29-2012

The State Sector and Public Finance Reform Bill concluded its first reading debate in Parliament this afternoon, says State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman.
“This omnibus bill is one of the initiatives by the government as part of its Better Public Services reforms,” said Dr Coleman.
“It is progress towards a more innovative, efficient public sector that delivers [...]

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Local Government reform bill passes third reading

Comments Off | 11-29-2012

A bill implementing a programme to lift the performance and efficiency of local government has passed its third and final reading in Parliament.
Local Government Minister David Carter says the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill is an important milestone in progressing major reform of New Zealand’s local government sector.
New Zealand’s 78 local authorities make up [...]

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New members of Small Business Development Group announced

Comments Off | 11-28-2012

Announcing the appointment of the Small Business Development Group (formerly Small Business Advisory Group) today, Mr Banks welcomed twelve new members from a diverse range of industries in the economy and representing a number of regions.
“SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy, and the Small Business Development Group plays an important role providing the small [...]

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Independent Novopay review welcomed

Comments Off | 11-28-2012

Associate Education Minister Craig Foss has welcomed confirmation that the Novopay payroll project will be the subject of an independent review.
“While the Ministry of Education’s new payroll project is still in its early stages, the number of issues resulting from the payroll transition has been unacceptable. The review will be comprehensive and thorough,” says Mr [...]

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Appointments to board of Antarctica NZ

Comments Off | 11-28-2012

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced three appointments to Antarctica New Zealand’s management board.
Carolyn Burns, Tony O’Brien and Rob Fyfe will serve three-year terms on the board responsible for managing New Zealand’s programme in Antarctica.
“Board members are required to successfully guide New Zealand’s activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. With these new appointments, [...]

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Great progress on new national health targets

Comments Off | 11-27-2012

The latest national health target results, released today, show district health boards (DHBs) have made great progress on the new increased immunisation and shorter waits for cancer treatment targets.
“This is the first time chemotherapy wait times have been included in the cancer target,” says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
“All DHBs have achieved the new target with [...]

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