Archive for April, 2015

Minister to visit Australian counterparts

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Customs Minister and Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner will travel tomorrow to Australia to visit her counterparts and foster trans-Tasman cooperation across both portfolios.
“New Zealand Customs and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service enjoy a strong relationship and work collaboratively to ensure effective border management in both countries,” Ms Wagner says.
“Meeting Australian Minister [...]

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Ceremony marks next stage of construction

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Education Minister Hekia Parata today participated in a ceremony to mark the next phase of construction at the new Marshland School in northeastern Christchurch.
The full primary school (Years 1-8) is presently located at 329 Prestons Road, Marshland, but is being relocated to 381 Prestons Road to enable it to better cater for current and projected [...]

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Crown accounts turn back to deficit in February

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The Crown accounts have slipped back to a deficit of $269 million in the eight months to February, making the previous month’s flirtation with surplus short-lived but nevertheless encouraging, Finance Minister Bill English says.
The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) for the seven months to January showed a surplus of $77 million – the [...]

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Research project to improve literacy outcomes

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Education Minister Hekia Parata says some of the country’s youngest students are the focus of literacy research by experts from Massey University.
Professor James Chapman, Distinguished Professor Bill Tunmer and Dr Alison Arrow have designed the Massey University Early Literacy research project to broaden the range of literacy teaching strategies and complement existing ones for teachers.
Ms [...]

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$5m school digital advisory service launched

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Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the launch of a new advisory service aimed at helping schools make the most of rapidly expanding opportunities for digital learning.
“The service enables teachers to get expert help, either online or over the phone, on any questions they have about digital learning,” says Ms Kaye.
“There are all sorts [...]

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Gallipoli preparations on the home straight

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Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says final preparations for the centenary commemorations at Gallipoli this Anzac Day are well underway, with the Gallipoli 2015 ballot now complete.
“The allocation and reallocation of passes for the commemorative services was a massive undertaking. I’m pleased to say the ballot is now complete,” Mr Foss says.
“I look forward to [...]

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Record summer passenger, trade volumes

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Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says the 2014-2015 summer season saw record numbers of passengers and goods cross New Zealand’s border.
“The Government’s investment in border processing technology is paying off with Customs able to process record numbers of passengers over the busiest summer season so far,” Ms Wagner says.
“Over three million international passengers arrived to and [...]

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NZ welcomes Iran nuclear talks breakthrough

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Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed news that an agreement has been reached which lays out parameters for a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme.
“The announcement from the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) and Iran is a significant development, which opens the way for a comprehensive agreement,” Mr McCully says.
“A final [...]

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Tax collection on employee share schemes examined

Comments Off | 04-9-2015

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the release this week of an Inland Revenue officials’ issues paper that seeks feedback on options to simplify the way tax is collected from employees participating in employee share schemes.
“The options presented in the paper represent a small but important step in Inland Revenue’s longer term Business transformation [...]

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Changes to provide more support for families

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Additional support for families through an extension to Paid Parental Leave and an increase to the minimum wage comes into effect today, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says.
Paid Parental Leave will extend from 14 to 16 weeks today and by another two weeks next year, while further improvements to the scheme are also [...]

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