Archive for May, 2015

Front-line focus delivering results

Comments Off | 05-31-2015

The latest public sector staff capping report shows the Government’s commitment to providing better front-line services and keeping back-office numbers down is paying off, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says.
“Across the board, the Government has set out a plan for a public service that puts New Zealanders first, ensuring taxpayers’ dollars are being spent on [...]

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Visit by Chinese Party Secretary Hu Chunhua

Comments Off | 05-31-2015

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed a visit to New Zealand by Mr Hu Chunhua, Politburo Member of CPC Central Committee and Party Secretary of Guangdong Province.
“The China relationship is a rapidly growing and wide-ranging one, covering trade and economic matters but also political and cultural ties,” Mr McCully says.
“Following President Xi’s visit last year [...]

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African communities unite at Parliament

Comments Off | 05-31-2015

Today is a chance for all New Zealanders to join African communities around the world in celebrating Africa Day, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga says.
Africa Day will be celebrated with an event involving a diverse range of ethnic groups at Parliament this evening.
“I am delighted to join with New Zealand’s African communities to mark [...]

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Organised Crime Bill passes second reading

Comments Off | 05-28-2015

A Bill that cracks down on organised crime and corruption has passed its second reading in Parliament today.
Justice Minister Amy Adams says the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill implements a number of measures to strengthen New Zealand’s response to organised crime both domestically and abroad.
“This Government has a zero-tolerance approach to organised crime. We’re [...]

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New Community Corrections site in Upper Hutt

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Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today officially opened the refurbished Upper Hutt Community Corrections site.
Mr Lotu-Iiga says the improvements will benefit staff, visitors and community-based offenders who report to the site.
One of the key features of the refurbishment is the reception counter that has anti-climb features and is overlooked by staff in an open plan [...]

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Submissions called for on Fire Services review

Comments Off | 05-28-2015

Proposals to improve support for volunteer, paid and rural firefighters and to ensure fire services meet community expectations are open for public feedback.
Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has released the Fire Services Review Discussion Document and is calling for submissions over the next six weeks.
“We need every frontline firefighter we have to keep providing their [...]

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Budget 2015: Funding boost for Irrigation Acceleration Fund

Comments Off | 05-26-2015

Irrigation projects will receive a kick-start of $25 million in operating funding for five years from 2016/17 through the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF), Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.
“This funding will help to complete the investigation and development of new regional scale irrigation proposals,” says Mr Guy.
“The need for more water storage projects [...]

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Timor-Leste Foreign Minister in NZ

Comments Off | 05-26-2015

Foreign Minister McCully has welcomed tomorrow’s visit to New Zealand by Timor-Leste’s Foreign Minister, Hernani Coelho.
“New Zealand and Timor-Leste share a strong relationship based our on-going support for peace and security in Timor-Leste following their move to independence in 2002,” Mr McCully says.
“We cooperate closely on the global stage, including on UN issues. New Zealand [...]

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Feedback sought on financial advice laws

Comments Off | 05-26-2015

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith released an Issues Paper for public consultation today, as part of a review aimed at improving financial advice legislation.
“The Government is reviewing the Financial Advisers Act and the Financial Service Providers Act, which aim to increase consumer confidence in financial advisers and the advice they give, so that [...]

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NZ welcomes Singaporean Foreign Minister

Comments Off | 05-25-2015

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomes Singaporean Foreign Minister Mr K Shanmugam to New Zealand.
“This year we mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Singapore, and the 50th anniversary of Singapore as a state,” Mr McCully says.
“2015 is also the 40th Anniversary of New Zealand’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian [...]

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