Archive for June, 2015

More road safety info for visiting drivers

Comments Off | 06-25-2015

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming an initiative to provide road safety messages to every visitor from China travelling on a general visitor visa.
“Record numbers of Chinese tourists are travelling to New Zealand — 310,000 last year alone. Many are opting to self-drive and it’s important we help them do so safely,” Mr [...]

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Lower tobacco duty free limit yields results

Comments Off | 06-25-2015

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs has destroyed over 2.5 tonnes of abandoned tobacco and collected $1.35 million in additional duty and taxes since the drop in tobacco duty free limits last November.
“People seem to be learning about the change. The amount of tobacco abandoned at airports by those not wanting to pay duty is [...]

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Bill to extend Youth Service introduced

Comments Off | 06-25-2015

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has introduced a bill extending the Youth Service to 19 year old parents and other 18 and 19 year olds at risk of long term welfare dependence.
Youth Service provides intensive wrap around support for young people, getting them help with paying bills, budgeting and parenting, and supporting them into education.
“The [...]

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Bill to strengthen property tax rules introduced

Comments Off | 06-24-2015

Revenue Minister Todd McClay and Land Information Minister Louise Upston have welcomed the introduction of a new bill which will help Inland Revenue enforce the tax rules around property.
The Taxation (Land Information and Offshore Persons Information) Bill containing proposed amendments to the Land Transfer Act and the Tax Administration Act was introduced into Parliament yesterday [...]

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New report shows economic power of seniors

Comments Off | 06-24-2015

A new report has highlighted the economic influence of older people in New Zealand, Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry says.
The 2015 Business of Ageing report update has projected older New Zealanders will make an even bigger contribution to the economy than previously thought.
“Seniors put billions of dollars into our economy each year, and their importance [...]

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$290,000 for Kapiti conservation project

Comments Off | 06-24-2015

The Government is providing a $290,000 Community Environment Fund grant for a project aimed at protecting and restoring biodiversity on the Kapiti Coast, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.
“This funding for Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park (Kapiti) Trust will be used to restore local biodiversity and protect important flora and fauna. The Trust will [...]

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Lending a hand to kiwis on Limestone Island

Comments Off | 06-23-2015

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is celebrating National Volunteer Week today on Limestone Island (also referred to as Matakohe Island) where the kiwi population continues to flourish.
Today Mrs Goodhew observed an electronic transmitter being exchanged on a kiwi, and marked the start of planting season by helping volunteers plant trees on the coast [...]

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Wanganui state of local emergency declared

Comments Off | 06-23-2015

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye acknowledges Wanganui District Council declaring a state of local emergency this afternoon before flooding threatens homes.
“I have spoken with Mayor Annette Main and offered support if needed,” says Ms Kaye.
“The Mayor declared a state of local emergency to enable about 100 people living near the Whanganui River to be evacuated.
“I [...]

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Government support for communities affected by storm

Comments Off | 06-23-2015

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says the government will contribute significant support to areas affected by the severe storm over the past five days.
“In situations like this, the government has a range of funding and resource mechanisms to support response and recovery,” says Ms Kaye.
“We expect the support through these mechanisms to total some millions [...]

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National telehealth service provider announced

Comments Off | 06-22-2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced that Homecare Medical is the preferred provider for the new national telehealth service.
New Zealand currently has multiple individual telehealth services that handle around two million calls a year. Some of these services are not available 24/7.
“In 2011 we committed to roll out a comprehensive telehealth advice service with access [...]

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