Archive for September, 2014

Rutherford Discovery Fellowships awarded

Comments Off | 09-30-2014

Ten of New Zealand’s most talented early to mid-career researchers have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships for 2014, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced today.
The Fellowships foster the development of future research leaders by providing funding of up to $800,000 each over five years to cover salary and research costs. The funding is administered [...]

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Speech to United Nations General Assembly

Comments Off | 09-30-2014

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand.
Our General Election took place last week – our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York.
I want to begin [...]

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Successful social enterprise teams announced

Comments Off | 09-29-2014

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the announcement of the teams who will take part in a pilot programme to support new social enterprise start-ups.
“The successful 11 teams are organisations with social or environmental goals which use commercial models to generate income,” says Mrs Goodhew.
The Ākina Foundation’s social enterprise accelerator pilot, Launchpad, [...]

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Minister welcomes NZX growth market approval

Comments Off | 09-29-2014

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) approval of new rules for NZX’s growth market.
Mr Foss granted an exemption in July to allow the new growth market to operate with an alternative disclosure regime.
“I am pleased to see the rules have now been formally approved by the FMA. The aim is [...]

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Formulary Users Hits 1 Million Mark

Comments Off | 09-17-2014

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has congratulated the team at the New Zealand Formulary as the number of users of this excellent resource has surpassed the 1 million mark.
The New Zealand Formulary has been developed as part of the government’s medicines strategy, Medicines New Zealand, aimed at achieving best use of medicines for optimal [...]

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$3 million upgrade for Mount Cook road

Comments Off | 09-16-2014

The completed $3 million upgrade of Tasman Valley Road at Aoraki/Mount Cook was officially opened today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.
“The major upgrade of the Tasman Valley Road is about improving the safety and accessibility to New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine environment. This new road will enable over 100,000 visitors annually to enjoy the [...]

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$90,000 for kea conservation

Comments Off | 09-15-2014

The Government is providing $90,000 from the Community Conservation Partnership Fund to support the Kea Conservation Trust, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.
“The kea is the only alpine parrot in the world and a species endemic to our Southern Alps. The population of these inquisitive and nomadic birds is declining and it is estimated [...]

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Cabinet approves in-between travel settlement

Comments Off | 09-12-2014

A proposed settlement has been agreed that will lead to home support workers getting paid for the time they spend traveling between clients.
Health Minister Tony Ryall said Cabinet has agreed to a $38 million a year settlement which will now go out to employees, home and community support service employers and district health boards for [...]

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New Auckland Special Housing Areas to deliver 8000 more homes

Comments Off | 09-12-2014

A fourth tranche of 17 Special Housing Areas (SHAs) that would yield more than 8000 additional new homes across Auckland was today announced by Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Auckland Mayor Len Brown.
“The Auckland Housing Accord was agreed 11 months ago and since then, it has facilitated thousands more sections to be developed and [...]

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$139m investment in new research programmes

Comments Off | 09-11-2014

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced that $139 million over six years will be invested in new science research programmes.
The 48 research programmes receiving funding in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) 2014 science investment round are in the biological industries, high-value manufacturing and services, energy and minerals, environmental, and [...]

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