Archive for February, 2015

2015 CER Ministerial meeting: Communique

Comments Off | 02-28-2015

New Zealand and Australian Ministers met in Auckland on 27 February 2015 for the annual Closer Economic Relations (CER) Ministerial Meeting. New Zealand’s delegation was led by Minister of Trade and Minister for Climate Change Issues, Hon Tim Groser. Australia’s delegation was led by Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb [...]

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Coleman meets Australian counterpart

Comments Off | 02-28-2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today met with his Australian counterpart Sussan Ley, Minister of Health and Minister for Sport.
“New Zealand has a strong relationship with Australia, and I look forward to working closely with my counterpart Minister Ley,” says Dr Coleman.
“We had a very successful meeting today, and we discussed a number of key issues [...]

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Govt backs data forum’s recommendations

Comments Off | 02-28-2015

The Government is backing the recommendations of the NZ Data Futures Forum to make better use of public data and uphold privacy standards, Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss say.
The NZ Data Futures Forum — an independent expert advisory group from the public and private sectors — was established by the Government [...]

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Flag Consideration Panel members announced

Comments Off | 02-27-2015

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.
The panel will be chaired by former deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Canterbury Emeritus Professor John Burrows, ONZM, QC of Christchurch who [...]

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Report shows importance of whanau and community

Comments Off | 02-27-2015

A research report released today has highlighted the importance of whanau and the community in preventing violence against Maori women and children.
Minister for Women Louise Upston this afternoon launched Wahine Maori, Wahine Ora, Wahine Kaha – Preventing violence against Maori women.
The research, which was undertaken by the Ministry for Women in partnership with the Ministry [...]

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A step into the future for prices

Comments Off | 02-27-2015

Statistics Minister Craig Foss says the use of tablet computers is making data collection faster and more efficient.
This month, Statistics NZ began using iPad Minis to collect fruit and vegetable prices from shops in 12 regions around New Zealand.
The data is used in the Food Price Index, and the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures [...]

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Minimum wage to increase to $14.75

Comments Off | 02-26-2015

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced the adult minimum wage will increase from $14.25 to $14.75 an hour from 1 April.
The starting-out and training hourly minimum wages will increase by 40 cents to $11.80 an hour, as this is set at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.
“The Government has taken [...]

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Polyfest to receive $200,000

Comments Off | 02-26-2015

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today confirmed that the government will give $200,000 over three years to ASB Polyfest to ensure the event’s financial future.
Polyfest is the annual Auckland secondary schools Pacific cultural festival. It attracts around 9000 students and up to 100,000 spectators each year.
“Polyfest gives families and young people the chance to [...]

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New appointments to Marsden Fund Council

Comments Off | 02-26-2015

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of three new members to the Marsden Fund Council.
Professor Gillian Dobbie, Professor David Bilkey and Professor Roger Nokes will join the Council for three years from 1 March.
“All three appointees are highly regarded researchers, both domestically and internationally. Their roles on the Marsden Fund Council [...]

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Chinese New Year celebrations at Parliament

Comments Off | 02-25-2015

The Chinese Year of the Sheep will be celebrated this evening at Parliament at an event hosted by Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.
Prime Minister John Key will also join around 200 people at the evening function where they will be welcomed with a traditional lion dance.
“Chinese New Year gives us an opportunity to take [...]

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