Archive for June, 2013

PM signals next generation of Auckland transport projects

Comments Off | 06-29-2013

Prime Minister John Key today outlined the Government’s plan to kick-start the next generation of major Auckland transport projects, including the City Rail Link, and to accelerate a trio of State Highway projects.
Speaking at an Auckland Chamber of Commerce event today, Mr Key said the Government is backing Auckland to succeed by advancing crucial transport [...]

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Internal Affairs combats money laundering

Comments Off | 06-29-2013

Internal Affairs will be playing its part in a coordinated international effort to tackle a serious global problem under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009, says Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain.
The Act comes fully into force on Sunday (30 June 2013).
“Money laundering does occur in New Zealand and is thought to [...]

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GDP data shows value of regions taking opportunities

Comments Off | 06-28-2013

Regional GDP data released today by Statistics New Zealand shows the importance of regions exploring all their economic opportunities, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.
The new research – Regional GDP for the years ended March 2007 to 2010 – follows the release of the Government’s first Regional Economic Activity Report in April.
“Statistics New Zealand’s new [...]

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Guy leading agribusiness trade mission to China

Comments Off | 06-28-2013

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy is flying to China tonight, leading an agribusiness trade mission.
The trip is formally hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and the delegation will visit Beijing, Shanghai, and the provinces of Inner Mongolia and Anhui.
“This is a valuable opportunity to match New Zealand agribusiness companies with business opportunities. Of [...]

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Strengthened money laundering laws take effect

Comments Off | 06-28-2013

New laws strengthening New Zealand’s financial system against serious crime take effect from this Sunday 30 June.
Justice Minister Judith Collins says the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act) will make New Zealand safer by helping law enforcement agencies detect and deter serious crimes such as drug dealing, tax evasion and [...]

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Exclusive economic zone law now in effect

Comments Off | 06-28-2013

Environment Minister Amy Adams has today announced that a new law to enable the comprehensive environmental management of activities in New Zealand’s vast exclusive economic zone is now in effect.
The Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act fills an important gap in the environmental management regime.
“New Zealand has one of the biggest exclusive [...]

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New regulations for financial markets

Comments Off | 06-28-2013

The Government has decided on regulations needed to bring the Financial Markets Conduct (FMC) Bill into force, Commerce Minister Craig Foss announced today.
“These regulations are part of the most significant reform of financial market regulation in a generation. The FMC Bill is a key pillar in the Capital Markets work stream of the Government’s Business [...]

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New system launched for researchers

Comments Off | 06-28-2013

Researchers will be able to access certain statistical data through a secure system launched this week, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says.
Researchers approved by the Government Statistician can now remotely access microdata about people, households or businesses, but with identifying characteristics removed.
Until now, researchers used Statistics New Zealand’s data labs to access this information.
“Allowing microdata to [...]

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Labour misleads on small business numbers

Comments Off | 06-28-2013

Labour MP David Clark’s claim that the number of new start-up businesses has fallen fails to understand the reality of the Global Financial Crisis, Minister for Small Business John Banks said today.
“While the total number of start-ups has fallen since 2007, 92 per cent of those closures were zero-employee firms – in other words the [...]

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McCully launches NZ Inc Strategy for the Gulf region

Comments Off | 06-28-2013

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully launched the New Zealand Inc Strategy for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) during a speech to the New Zealand Middle East Business Council in Auckland this evening.
“New Zealand has a strong relationship with the Gulf region,” says Mr McCully. “Our exports to the GCC currently exceed $1.5b a year, and [...]

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