Archive for November, 2014

State-of-the-art Justice precinct reaches key milestone

Comments Off | 11-29-2014

The $300 million Christchurch Justice precinct has reached a key milestone with the final concrete pour and the installation of the first cranes.
Justice Minister Amy Adams today inspected the build site of the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct alongside Prime Minister John Key.
The state-of-the-art precinct will be home to the Ministry of Justice, New [...]

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Grant for Museum of Wellington City and Sea announced

Comments Off | 11-29-2014

The Museum of Wellington City and Sea will receive a government grant of $1.3 million for its redevelopment project and earthquake strengthening, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry announced this evening.
Ms Barry made the announcement at an event to mark the museum’s 15th birthday celebrations.
“This grant acknowledges the significance of the Museum of City [...]

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New cancer fund boosts local services

Comments Off | 11-28-2014

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new initiatives under the Cancer Service Improvement Fund are delivering better, faster cancer treatment.
“A range of projects are underway as part of the first round of the Cancer Service Improvement Fund which was established to support DHBs in delivering improved cancer care,” says Dr Coleman.
“These 23 initiatives will streamline cancer [...]

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New Chair of Financial Markets Authority

Comments Off | 11-28-2014

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced the appointment of Murray Jack as the new chair of the Financial Markets Authority (FMA).
“I am very pleased that Mr Jack has agreed to take on this crucial role,” Mr Goldsmith says.
“With extensive experience in both senior management and governance roles in the financial sector, Mr [...]

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$8.6 million extra for school funding transition

Comments Off | 11-26-2014

Education Minister Hekia Parata says $8.6 million has been provided to help schools transition through decile funding changes.
Ms Parata says the Government knows that schools that have moved to a higher decile rating will need time to adjust, and an 18-month transition period and additional funding will assist them.
“We’re in a similar situation to when [...]

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Government Inquiry into Smith / Traynor escape established

Comments Off | 11-25-2014

State Services Minister Paula Bennett has today released the draft Terms of Reference for the Government Inquiry into matters concerning the escape of Phillip John Smith / Traynor.
The draft Terms of Reference focus on:
Mr Smith / Traynor’s temporary release from prison and departure from New Zealand
the use of different identities by people within the criminal [...]

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$550,000 for international Golden Oldies event

Comments Off | 11-22-2014

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced a Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) investment of $550,000 for an international Golden Oldies event to be held in Christchurch in 2018.
The Golden Oldies World Sports Festival is a month-long event that will attract masters age teams and individuals from across the world to participate in seven [...]

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Investment help for mid-range companies

Comments Off | 11-20-2014

A Government service to help businesses raise capital and accelerate their international growth is turning its focus to the investment needs and opportunities of highly innovative firms and mid-range companies valued at up to $25 million.
Better by Capital was developed following research that revealed some potentially high-growth firms find it difficult to access capital. Under [...]

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Minimum family tax credit to rise next year

Comments Off | 11-17-2014

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says working families who are eligible for the minimum family tax credit will receive a small increase from 1 April next year.
The tax credit currently guarantees recipients an after-tax income of $22,776 per year. This will increase to $23,036 per year from 1 April 2015.
“The minimum family tax credit provides a [...]

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$200,000 Youth Fund supports 47 projects

Comments Off | 11-17-2014

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye has today announced the successful applicants for Youth Fund 2015.
Youth Fund supports youth led and designed projects that enable young people to develop decision-making and leadership skills, and engage with and contribute to their communities.
“I am pleased to announce that 47 projects will be supported in 2015. These encompass everything from [...]

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