Archive for December, 2012

Minister announces Waitangi Tribunal Appointments

Comments Off | 12-24-2012

Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita R Sharples, today announced the appointment of Miriama Evans, Dr Rawinia Higgins, Hon Paul Swain and Nick Davidson to the Waitangi Tribunal.  Each has been appointed for a term of three years, from 1 January 2013.
They will join Professor Sir Hirini Mead who was reappointed as a member [...]

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Successful Southern Ocean patrol

Comments Off | 12-22-2012

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS OTAGO has successfully completed its first patrol of the season in the Southern Ocean – one of the world’s most challenging environments.
“It is important to New Zealand and the world that we protect the fragile marine environment of the Southern Ocean by helping to tackle illegal, [...]

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Deed of Settlement signed with Te Atiawa

Comments Off | 12-22-2012

The Crown signed a deed of settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Te Atiawa o Te Waka-a-Maui at Waikawa Marae in Waikawa (near Picton) today, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced.
“Te Atiawa were left virtually landless by the historical actions of the Crown,” Mr Finlayson said. “Today we take a significant [...]

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Ambassadors appointed to Belgium and Sweden

Comments Off | 12-22-2012

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced changes to New Zealand’s representation in Europe following the closure of the embassy in Sweden.
Paula Wilson, recently appointed Deputy Head of Mission at the New Zealand Mission in Brussels, will become Ambassador to Belgium.
Brussels Head of Mission and Ambassador to the EU, Vangelis Vitalis, will also take responsibility [...]

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Deed of Settlement signed with Ngati Koata

Comments Off | 12-21-2012

The Crown signed a deed of settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Ngati Koata at Wakatu Marae today in Nelson, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced.
“The actions of the Crown left Ngati Koata without sufficient and suitable lands for their needs, which had serious consequences for their social and cultural wellbeing,” [...]

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PM supports Tim Groser’s WTO bid

Comments Off | 12-21-2012

Prime Minister John Key said the Government has nominated Trade Minister Tim Groser for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.
WTO members will need to agree by consensus on a new Director-General to replace Pascal Lamy by the end of May next year.
“Nominations have been called for by the end of December, and [...]

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NZ economy on track for moderate growth

Comments Off | 12-20-2012

The economy remains on track for moderate growth over the next few years, despite growth predictably easing a little in the September quarter, Finance Minister Bill English says.
Gross domestic product grew 0.2 per cent in the three months to 30 September. This took annual growth – from the September quarter 2011 to the September quarter [...]

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Govt extends support for exporters

Comments Off | 12-20-2012

Exporters will have access to improved support from the New Zealand Export Credit Office under changes announced by the Government today, Finance Minister Bill English and Trade Minister Tim Groser say.
The NZECO, which is based in The Treasury, is the Government’s official export credit agency. It provides financial guarantees and trade credit insurance to exporters [...]

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Kiwi businesses benefit from EU recognition of NZ privacy law

Comments Off | 12-20-2012

Justice Minister, Judith Collins, and Trade Minister, Tim Groser, have welcomed the European Commission’s formal declaration that New Zealand privacy law provides an adequate standard of data protection for the purposes of European Union (EU) law.
European Union countries can now send personal data to New Zealand for processing without the need for extra controls.
Ms Collins [...]

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Tertiary sector performance improves

Comments Off | 12-20-2012

Tertiary education institutions have continued the trend of year-on-year improvements to their educational, organisational and financial performance, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The 2011 Tertiary Education Performance Report released today by the TEC reviews each tertiary institution’s performance in the 2011 year as well as how the sector is tracking to achieve [...]

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