Archive for May, 2014

Expansion of Youth in Emergency Services scheme

Comments Off | 05-25-2014

Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye has today announced an additional $200,000 in funding to expand the Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programme.
“Following the Rotorua pilot at the start of 2013 I announced the YES programme would be extended to six locations, in areas such as Alexandra and Kaikoura. I understand that these programmes have [...]

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Budget 2014: $40m for anti-obesity initiative

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Encouraging families to live healthy, active lives is part of the Government’s approach to reducing obesity in New Zealand.
“Budget 2014 invests $40 million over four years for the new Healthy Families NZ anti-obesity initiative, which is expected to reach around 900,000 New Zealanders,” Health Minister Tony Ryall says.
“Healthy Families NZ is a complete reform of [...]

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Budget 2014: $3.2 million for environmental management of oceans

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The Government is investing an additional $3.2 million in 2014/15 to support the implementation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) legislation, Environment Minister Amy Adams says.
The funding, which includes $2 million of reprioritised funding, will help the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to fully develop and carry out its new functions and responsibilities in the EEZ.
The [...]

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Secure trade scheme clears $150 billion in trade

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Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today recognised the Customs Service’s Secure Exports Scheme for handling more than $150 billion in trade since its inception 10 years ago.
The scheme provides a secure supply chain from the point of packing the container to delivery at the New Zealand port of departure. Because a container’s security is assured, it [...]

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$2.9m for Maritime NZ from Future Investment Fund

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Maritime New Zealand will receive $2.9 million of new capital funding from the Future Investment Fund to help it adopt the latest technology necessary for optimum performance, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
“This new funding will assist Maritime NZ to develop the information system required to support the new maritime operator safety system and the seafarer [...]

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Budget 2014: $2.5m for youth enterprise initiatives

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The Government has confirmed $2.5 million of new operating spending over the next three years for youth enterprise initiatives, Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye says.
“This funding supports a number of initiatives for young people to learn financial literacy and business enterprise skills, as well as get opportunities to develop social-enterprise projects,” she says.
“We know [...]

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Budget 2014: Extra $132m for tax compliance

Comments Off | 05-17-2014

Budget 2014 will allocate $132 million to Inland Revenue over the next five years to bolster its tax compliance activities and for chasing up unfiled returns, Revenue Minister Todd McClay says.
Of this, $48.6 million is cash for Inland Revenue to undertake these activities. The remaining $84 million is to cover tax being written off where [...]

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$30m Budget boost for Social Housing Fund

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The Government is providing an additional $30 million of operating spending in Budget 2014 to help the community housing sector provide homes for high-need families, Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.
“The community housing sector will be able to help hundreds more high-need New Zealand families get access to a warm, dry, affordable home with Budget [...]

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$26.5m over four years to protect kauri

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The Government is investing $15.8 million of operating funding and $10.7 million of capital funding over the next four years to ramp up measures to protect New Zealand’s magnificent kauri forests from the dieback disease.
“Kauri is an iconic species for New Zealand and one of the oldest and largest organisms on earth. Kauri dieback is [...]

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$20m for freshwater and environment initiatives

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Budget 2014 will make available $20 million over four years for environmental initiatives and to help the management of New Zealand’s natural environment, Environment Minister Amy Adams says.
The Government has a package of reforms aimed at strengthening the Resource Management Act (RMA), and improving water quality and the way fresh water is managed.
“The Government has [...]

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