Archive for February, 2013

Work website for international students launched

Comments Off | 02-28-2013

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today launched www.nzstudywork.com, an exciting new website designed to provide advice and support for international students in New Zealand.
“The new website provides international students with a ‘one-stop shop’ where they can get information about their employment rights and responsibilities, health and safety in the workplace, work conditions attached to student visas [...]

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Online saves time for 2013 Census

Comments Off | 02-28-2013

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says the level of online participation for the census has been strong.
As of today, more than 300,000 individual and dwelling forms had been submitted ahead of census day next Tuesday.
“While census is a snapshot of the country on March 5th, people can complete forms online ahead of time, particularly if they [...]

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Benefit figures under forecast

Comments Off | 02-28-2013

With a focus on helping people off welfare and into work, benefit numbers have remained below predictions despite the economic conditions.
The number of people on the Unemployment Benefit was predicted to rise to 90,000 as a result of the recession, but peaked at 68,369 in January 2010.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says Work and Income, [...]

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Minister welcomes biosecurity report

Comments Off | 02-28-2013

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has welcomed a report from the Auditor-General into biosecurity incursions, and says it will be carefully considered by the Government.
“My office has received a copy of the full report today and I’m looking forward to working through it with the Ministry for Primary Industries.
“Biosecurity is my top priority as [...]

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Building growth & jobs through stronger capital markets

Comments Off | 02-27-2013

The sixth Business Growth Agenda progress report, Building Capital Markets, which is being released today, outlines 50 initiatives to strengthen New Zealand’s capital markets, so they can support businesses to grow and create jobs, Finance Minister Bill English and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce say.
The report also sets a goal [...]

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Govt provides $60m underwrite for NZVIF

Comments Off | 02-27-2013

Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce today announced a further $60 million underwrite for the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund’s programme to encourage more private investment into new venture capital funds.
“Capital markets are the growth engine for the economy but some parts can be strengthened. There is a role for Government to partner with private [...]

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Drive to complete capital markets overhaul

Comments Off | 02-27-2013

Commerce Minister Craig Foss says the Government is progressing a comprehensive set of reforms this year to restore investor confidence and encourage investment.
“From street corner loan sharks to large investment funds, the Government is rewriting the rules for the full spectrum of credit and investment law. This regulatory overhaul will help restore investor and consumer [...]

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International competition enforcement arrangement signed

Comments Off | 02-27-2013

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the signing of a co-operation arrangement between the Commerce Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The co-operation arrangement gives effect to the Commerce (International Co-operation, and Fees) Amendment Bill, which passed into law late last year. It enables the Commerce Commission [...]

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New housing design advisory service for Canterbury

Comments Off | 02-26-2013

Senior Citizens Minister Jo Goodhew and Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia are pleased to announce the funding of a new advisory service available to Canterbury people planning to re-build or renovate their earthquake damaged homes.
The Office for Senior Citizens and the Ministry of Health are providing a total of $99,000 funding to Enable New Zealand [...]

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Improved access to advice for credit union members

Comments Off | 02-26-2013

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced the re-categorisation of low-risk credit union savings products, in a move to cut regulation and improve consumer access to financial advice.
“The current categorisation of certain low-risk credit union savings products imposes stricter regulation and unnecessary costs when providing personalised advice. These costs can restrict consumer access to advice on [...]

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