Archive for November, 2013

Minister talks education priorities with Australian Ministers

Comments Off | 11-30-2013

Education Minister Hekia Parata met with her counterpart, Hon Christopher Pyne, Federal Minister for Education for Australia today at the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood Education in Sydney.
“This meeting was a chance to profile New Zealand’s education system, and to talk about our key education priorities including: New Zealand’s challenge to ensure [...]

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Minister announces SOE board appointments

Comments Off | 11-30-2013

State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall today announced seven new appointments and 11 reappointments across five SOEs and two airport companies.
“This appointment round introduces some highly skilled directors into the portfolio and also provides for good continuity of skill and experience,” says Mr Ryall.
Four chairs have been reappointed to their positions: Hon Sir Michael Cullen [...]

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Minister welcomes new FMA CEO

Comments Off | 11-29-2013

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the appointment of Rob Everett as chief executive of the Financial Markets Authority.
“Mr Everett’s legal and compliance experience will have him well prepared for his role at the FMA and in facilitating the development of fair, efficient and transparent financial markets,” says Mr Foss.
“I would also like to take [...]

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More than $31 million for Building on Success

Comments Off | 11-29-2013

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government will spend more than $31 million over the next three years to accelerate Māori secondary school student achievement, under the new Building on Success programme.
Speaking at the Iwi Chairs Forum in Gisborne, Ms Parata said Building on Success would extend the great progress made through the current [...]

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Auckland to go digital this weekend

Comments Off | 11-28-2013

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss says Auckland residents need to be prepared as analogue television will be switched off this weekend.
Auckland and the upper North Island will be the final region to make the switch to digital television at 2am Sunday 1 December.
“Latest research shows that while most people have taken steps to ensure they are [...]

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$10.5m funding boost for maths & science in schools

Comments Off | 11-28-2013

The Government is providing $10.5 million in additional funding for schools to raise student achievement in maths and science, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.
“Boosting the skills and achievement of our young people in maths and science are essential for their future careers and for New Zealand’s economic [...]

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Pasifika education profile released

Comments Off | 11-27-2013

Education Minister Hekia Parata today released information on the educational performance and outcomes of Pasifika students, from early childhood education through to NCEA.
“The information delivers on my commitment to provide public metrics on education performance, so that parents and the wider community know where success is occurring but just as importantly where we can work [...]

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NZ tourism sector well placed for significant growth

Comments Off | 11-27-2013

The rising wealth of neighbouring Pacific Rim countries presents a great opportunity for New Zealand tourism, a new Government report says.
The Tourism Sector Report was today released in Auckland by Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce. The Report is the fifth in a series of seven that make [...]

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New Zealand ratifies multilateral tax convention

Comments Off | 11-26-2013

“It’s becoming ever harder to avoid or evade tax” Revenue Minister Todd McClay said today announcing that New Zealand has now taken the final procedural step for ratification of the multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.
“Last month I released a report on the OECD’s action plan for tackling international tax avoidance and [...]

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Leadership Forum to focus on Asian opportunities

Comments Off | 11-26-2013

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English leaves tomorrow to lead New Zealand’s ministerial delegation to the annual Australian New Zealand Leadership Forum in Sydney.
He will be accompanied by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, Trade Minister Tim Groser and Commerce Minister Craig Foss.
The ninth Forum, which brings together senior politicians, business and [...]

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