Archive for March, 2013

Living Alone Payments Bill passes into law

Comments Off | 03-29-2013

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett welcomes the passing of the Social Assistance (Living Alone Payments) Amendment Bill into law.
“The changes passed today will make it easier for single superannuitants and single veteran’s pensioners living alone who need financial support.”
“We’ve simplified the application system and removed unnecessary barriers for older New Zealanders to ensure they get [...]

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Minister thanks greater Christchurch schools for their feedback

Comments Off | 03-29-2013

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today thanked all the schools in greater Christchurch who have provided feedback on the interim decisions announced last month.
Ms Parata announced interim decisions for 31 of the 38 schools affected by the Government’s Education Renewal Plans on 18 February.
Yesterday the Minister announced final decisions for 12 schools that had accepted [...]

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Primary care make gains in health targets

Comments Off | 03-28-2013

The latest results for the primary care health targets show 32 out of 35 primary health organisations (PHOs) achieved the increased immunisation target for eight month olds.
“It’s very encouraging to see the way general practice doctors and nurses are focused on improving performance in these important preventative health areas,” says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
“While more [...]

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Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy

Comments Off | 03-28-2013

Small Business Minister John Banks today released the factsheet ‘Small Businesses in New Zealand’ that highlights the significant contribution small and medium-sized firms make to New Zealand’s economy.
The factsheet is a summary of results from recent Statistics New Zealand surveys relating to small and medium enterprises.  It shows that smaller businesses dominate our industries and [...]

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Student loan bill passes third reading

Comments Off | 03-28-2013

A Bill allowing Inland Revenue data-matching with Customs to identify and locate serious student loan defaulters as they return to New Zealand passed its third and final reading in Parliament this afternoon.
The Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill No. 2 also broadens the definition of income, bringing it into line with the definition used for Working [...]

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EQC IT systems frozen pending complete review

Comments Off | 03-28-2013

Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee has expressed his deep distress and concern at revelations in Parliament today about a further privacy breach of EQC’s system.
“We have been able to establish that a spreadsheet containing about 2200 names and information relating to stopped cheques, worth about $23 million, was inappropriately emailed to a [...]

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Customs recovers millions following audits

Comments Off | 03-28-2013

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson says Customs audits have resulted in an additional $48 million being collected for the Crown in just over 18 months.
Customs’ trade assurance arm works to verify that import and export entry data is accurate and to ensure the correct revenue is collected.
Revenue includes duty and GST paid on imported goods, together [...]

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Govt releases PwC report on Pay Period 26

Comments Off | 03-28-2013

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce today released the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report on complaints and notifications in regards to Pay Period 26 of the schools’ payroll.
Pay Period 26, which was paid last Wednesday morning (20 March), paid 87,445 people a total of $176.54 million. This was 2623 more staff than for Pay Period 25.
The PwC [...]

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Increase in business R&D welcomed

Comments Off | 03-28-2013

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce welcomed Statistics New Zealand data released today that shows businesses in New Zealand spent $1.2 billion on research and development in 2012 – an increase of almost 25 per cent since 2010.
“The positive results highlight the good progress the Government is making under the Business Growth Agenda to encourage [...]

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Minister congratulates Community Awards winners

Comments Off | 03-26-2013

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew today congratulated Kaibosh on winning the supreme award at the TrustPower National Community Awards and Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust for receiving the runner-up award.
“Volunteers are vital to New Zealand, with 1.2 million volunteers contributing 270 million volunteer hours a year. But it is not just this direct effort than [...]

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