Archive for January, 2013

Young people approve programme funding

Comments Off | 01-31-2013

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is delighted young people have given the go-ahead for 49 youth programmes around the country.
“I decided young people themselves should consider applications for programmes aimed at their peers and recommend which should receive funding.”
“The panels of young people have made really good decisions to support initiatives to develop leadership skills [...]

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Improving telecommunications for the Chatham Islands

Comments Off | 01-31-2013

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has announced the next stage of the Government’s plan to deliver significant improvements in telecommunications for the Chatham Islands.
As part of the Rural Broadband Initiative, the Government approved a grant to the Chatham Islands Council to help secure better broadband connections for its three schools, Kaingaroa, Pitt Island [...]

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Changes proposed for Construction Contracts Act

Comments Off | 01-30-2013

Construction contract disputes will be dealt with faster and more cost effectively under proposed amendments to the Construction Contracts Act, which were introduced in Parliament today.
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson says the proposed changes, which include streamlining the disputes process and introducing greater accountability, are part of a package of building law reforms aimed [...]

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Pacific students ready to step into the trades

Comments Off | 01-30-2013

A unique partnership between tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and Pacific churches has seen hundreds of Pacific people trained to help in the Christchurch rebuild, says Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata.
The two groups combined to implement the $6 million Pacific Trades Training Initiative, which is part [...]

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Government releases NZ Post proposal

Comments Off | 01-30-2013

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today released a proposal from New Zealand Post seeking to allow greater flexibility in the postal services it provides.
“During the last 10 years mail volumes have dropped considerably, with 265 million fewer items being posted each year compared to 2002. Within five years, mail volumes are forecast [...]

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Govt to support 2015 & 2018 Volvo Ocean Race Auckland stopovers

Comments Off | 01-30-2013

The Major Events Development Fund will invest $1.5 million on each of two Volvo Ocean Race Auckland stopovers to be held in 2015 and 2018 following an announcement today by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.
The funding will assist with event delivery and to leverage a broad range of immediate and longer-term benefits from the stop-overs.
“These [...]

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More New Zealanders using online government services

Comments Off | 01-30-2013

More New Zealanders are choosing to interact with government agencies online says Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain.
Figures released today show 32.4 per cent of New Zealanders used secure online government services during the July to September quarter, up from 29.9 per cent when measurements started in June.
“The standout performance has been the launch of online [...]

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EQC hits $1 billion and 30,000 managed home repairs

Comments Off | 01-28-2013

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Earthquake Commission’s Fletcher EQR-managed Canterbury Home Repair Programme has passed the billion dollar mark and is well on the way to completing 31,000 jobs.
“Every major work programme takes a period of months to ramp up to full capacity, with sourcing of contractors, training, securing of supply chains [...]

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New visa rule to help New Zealanders into Canterbury rebuild jobs

Comments Off | 01-28-2013

A new visa rule coming into effect today will help ensure New Zealanders are first in line for job vacancies created during the Canterbury rebuild, says Immigration Minister Nathan Guy.
“The new rule means visa applications to fill most jobs in Canterbury won’t be processed until a check has been done to ensure there are no [...]

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Labour still lagging behind with ideas

Comments Off | 01-28-2013

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says while Labour rehashes its own underwhelming policies from last year, the Government continues to make a real difference.
“Labour is a bit late with its scheme to effectively pay the Unemployment Benefit to employers to take on beneficiaries, when the National Government has been helping beneficiaries into work through job [...]

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