Archive for April, 2014

NZ support for largest solar array in the Pacific

Comments Off | 04-23-2014

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand is supporting the construction of the Pacific’s largest solar energy array in Samoa.
“New Zealand is working in partnership with the Government of Samoa, the European Union, and the Asia Development Bank to increase the generation of renewable energy in Samoa,” Mr McCully says.
“This will include [...]

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School pay continues improvement

Comments Off | 04-23-2014

The latest Novopay complaints reports confirm the system is settling back into a more consistent and steady state after the busy start-of-year period.
Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce today released the reports on complaints and notifications received in regards to Pay Periods 1 and 2 of the schools’ payroll. Pay Period 1, the first of [...]

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New Defence trucks delivered to units

Comments Off | 04-23-2014

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the first batch of new Medium-Heavy Operational Vehicles have been delivered to NZDF units.
“It is great to see these vehicles being used by the NZDF just 12 months on from when they were purchased,” says Dr Coleman.
“The Government achieved a fast delivery and ensured value for money by purchasing these [...]

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New East Coast study lays out economic opportunities

Comments Off | 04-23-2014

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today released a study of the East Coast region’s economic potential over the next 30 years.
The East Coast Regional Economic Potential Study assesses the region’s economic performance and barriers to development, and models five economic growth scenarios along with their implications for transport infrastructure and [...]

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Performing Arts Precinct designation partially lifted

Comments Off | 04-22-2014

Christchurch City Council’s decision to spend $127.5 million fixing the Town Hall means not all the land currently designated for the city’s Performing Arts Precinct is required, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
“In fairness to private property owners I have signed off lifting the designation on 1.07 hectares of land that was originally earmarked [...]

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$2 million for new classrooms at Tai Tapu school

Comments Off | 04-19-2014

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced nearly $2 million funding for new classrooms at Tai Tapu School in rural Canterbury.
“Selwyn district is part of a rapidly growing Canterbury region. The nine new buildings for Tai Tapu School are part of a broader classroom building programme which will address the capacity needs for the region,” [...]

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Labour late and lazy on Kauri dieback funding

Comments Off | 04-19-2014

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith has dismissed today’s pledge by Labour leader David Cunliffe for additional funding for work to protect New Zealand’s magnificent kauri forests from kauri dieback disease.
“I made plain last month that the Government would be increasing funding in this year’s Budget for controlling kauri dieback. Labour’s pledge now is late and [...]

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Tax conference to address simplification

Comments Off | 04-19-2014

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has announced that simplification and modernisation will be the focus of the tax conference to be held in conjunction with Victoria University, on 12 and 13 June.
“The conference, New Zealand’s Tax Administration for the 21st Century, will focus on the simplification of tax administration including PAYE, reducing compliance costs, and will [...]

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Funding for World War One Centenary

Comments Off | 04-19-2014

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne (Presiding Member of the Lottery Grants Board) has today announced that the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee has approved funding of over $9.1 million towards 80 projects which commemorate World War One.
“The types of projects that have been funded are very diverse in nature, and will [...]

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$5m investment in Māori-led science & innovation

Comments Off | 04-19-2014

Up to $5 million over two years will be invested in developing the science and innovation potential of Māori people, resources, and knowledge, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced today.
The 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko – Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund investment round aims to develop people and organisations [...]

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