Archive for April, 2013

Govt report gives new insight into regional economies

Comments Off | 04-30-2013

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today released a new Government report into the economic performance of New Zealand’s 16 regions.
The Regional Economic Activity Report pulls together for the first time in one place the available economic data on all of our regions. It also provides a breakdown at the regional level of some of the [...]

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Defence talks in Auckland and Tonga

Comments Off | 04-30-2013

Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman is meeting his Trans-Tasman counterpart, Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith in Auckland this evening.
The two Ministers are holding a bilateral discussions before they both depart tomorrow to attend the inaugural South Pacific Defence Ministers Meeting being held in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
“The bilateral with Stephen Smith is part of the on-going excellent [...]

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Minister welcomes report on health and safety

Comments Off | 04-30-2013

Labour Minister Simon Bridges has today welcomed the report of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.
“The Government established the Independent Taskforce last June to advise us on possible ways to meet our goal of reducing the rate of fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace by at least 25 per cent by 2020. [...]

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Budget 2013: $4.5 million for youth services

Comments Off | 04-29-2013

Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a decision to continue $4.5 million of funding so 46 service providers can continue working with young New Zealanders.
“This funding is to support youth service providers to deliver services to improve the lives of young people,” Ms Kaye says.
“These services include entrepreneurial skills, mentoring, and supporting young people [...]

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Microsoft deal saves $35 million

Comments Off | 04-29-2013

A new computer software purchasing agreement for government agencies is on track to save an estimated $119 million over three years, and has already saved $35 million says Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain.
The deal with Microsoft, struck through the Government ICT Supply Management Office (GISMO) within the Department of Internal Affairs is the first initiative [...]

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Oil and gas exploration tender announced

Comments Off | 04-29-2013

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced details of the Government’s second round to attract competing bids for oil and gas exploration permits.
Speaking at the Advantage NZ: 2013 Petroleum Conference, Mr Bridges said Block Offer 2013 is an important step towards realising the potential of New Zealand’s oil and gas resources.
“Block Offer 2013 presents [...]

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Budget 2013: Support for frontline conservation work

Comments Off | 04-29-2013

An additional $20 million over four years has been allocated to the Department of Conservation in Budget 2013 to provide for additional frontline roles and the upgrade of recreational facilities, Conservation Minister Nick Smith announced today.
“The four year funding package complements the Government’s recently announced tourism investment. It recognises that DOC is the Government’s primary [...]

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SMEs encouraged to apply for the 2013 PM’s Business Scholarships

Comments Off | 04-26-2013

Minister for Small Business John Banks is encouraging small business owners to apply for the Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships.
Prime Minister John Key opened the scholarships today and is calling for ambitious executives looking to expand their international management expertise.
“These scholarships offer an excellent opportunity for small businesses to build their capability and develop skills to [...]

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Appointment of members of the Real Estate Agents Authority

Comments Off | 04-26-2013

Justice Minister Judith Collins today announced the reappointment of five members of the Real Estate Agents Authority and the appointment of one new member.
Those reappointed to the Authority are:
• John Auld of New Plymouth
• Barrie Barnes of Auckland
• Denise Bovaird of Auckland
• Joan Harnett-Kindley of Wanaka
• David Russell of Wellington
The new appointee to the Authority [...]

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Growing up in NZ study receives more funding

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The Government has committed $5.6 million over two years from Vote Social Development to the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study, led by the University of Auckland.
“The study could provide real value in the future and the Government has continued to support it,” Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says.
The same group of children are [...]

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