Archive for November, 2012

Changes to CMA Bill reflect Pike River report

Comments Off | 11-27-2012

Cabinet has approved further changes to the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill currently before the Commerce Committee, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley says.
A Supplementary Order Paper recommends changes to current legislation to strengthen the Bill in light of the report of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.
The Royal [...]

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Health and safety a priority in oil and gas production

Comments Off | 11-27-2012

New regulations will ensure that health and safety is a priority in the growing petroleum exploration and extraction industry, Acting Minister of Labour Christopher Finlayson announced today.
New regulations are being introduced to strengthen management of oil wells over the whole life of the well, including managing hazards that could cause a major accident, and minimising [...]

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Government welcomes report on fracking

Comments Off | 11-27-2012

Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley and Environment Minister Amy Adams have welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s interim report on her investigation into hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
The interim report finds that the environmental risks associated with fracking can be effectively managed, providing that the best operational practices are implemented and enforced through regulation.
“We acknowledge [...]

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NZ’s views on Japanese whaling to go before International Court of Justice

Comments Off | 11-25-2012

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand has formally lodged an intervention before the International Court of Justice in the case brought by Australia against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.
Intervention is a procedure that enables a non-party to the case to put its legal views before the court.
Australia brought an action before [...]

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Minister visits Mt Tongariro community leaders

Comments Off | 11-25-2012

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and Taupō MP Louise Upston will visit Turangi today to discuss the recent eruption of Mt Tongariro with the Department of Conservation and GNS Science.
The mountain erupted for the second time this year on Wednesday.
Ms Wilkinson and Mrs Upston will meet with Tuwharetoa paramount chief Sir Tumu te Heuheu and a [...]

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NZ welcomes Australian move on portable super

Comments Off | 11-23-2012

Finance Minister Bill English has welcomed news that the Australian Senate has passed legislation allowing New Zealanders returning home from Australia to bring their retirements savings with them.
It is expected the trans-Tasman portability of retirement savings will take effect from 1 July 2013.
“I acknowledge Australia’s support for this important next step in the Single Economic [...]

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1000 more engineering places in 2013

Comments Off | 11-23-2012

There will be 1000 more engineering places available at universities and institutes of technology in 2013, Tertiary Education Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today.
The Government is directly funding 700 extra places for engineering students, while institutions are re-prioritising a further 300 places to meet additional engineering demand Mr Joyce says.
“New Zealand has an [...]

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Government approves new multi-million dollar North Shore mental health unit

Comments Off | 11-23-2012

The National Government has approved a new $25 million inpatient mental health unit at North Shore Hospital.
“The new mental health unit will be welcomed by the community and the new facility will provide better services for patients and their families,” says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
“The current Taharoto unit is an old maternity hospital and is [...]

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English to visit Queensland and WA

Comments Off | 11-23-2012

Finance Minister Bill English leaves on Sunday for a first-hand look at the resources sector in Queensland and Western Australia.
The trip will include meeting the premiers of Queensland and Western Australia, as well as mining and resources companies and sector groups. Mr English will also visit the Port of Brisbane, Rio Tinto’s Tom Price iron [...]

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International recognition for LINZ Data Service

Comments Off | 11-22-2012

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says the two accolades Land Information New Zealand won at the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards for its innovative LINZ Data Service is a great achievement.
The awards were presented in Canberra last night.
“Being named winner of the ‘Spatial Enablement’ category and the JK Barrie Award for Overall Excellence is recognition [...]

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