Archive for July, 2015

New initiative to improve overseas driver safety

Comments Off | 07-30-2015

A new online training module will help ensure visiting drivers stay safe on New Zealand roads, Ministers Paula Bennett and Craig Foss say.
Driving in New Zealand provides overseas travel agents with information about New Zealand road rules and conditions.
“Tourism New Zealand has cleverly packaged together all the relevant safety information, in seven languages, and is [...]

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Government drive to lift regulatory quality

Comments Off | 07-30-2015

Greater use of exposure drafts of new laws, stronger expectations and reviews of crown regulators, and more transparent cost recovery practices, are among changes announced to improve New Zealand’s regulatory system by Regulatory Reform Minister Steven Joyce.
The Government has accepted, or partially accepted all 44 recommendations from a 2014 Productivity Commission report which noted that [...]

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Reappointments to Education Payroll Limited Board

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Minister Responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce has today announced two reappointments to the board of Education Payroll Limited.
Dame Patsy Reddy has been reappointed for one year as the Chair of Education Payroll Ltd, the company established in 2014 to operate the schools payroll. Murray Jack, former Chair of Deloitte New Zealand, will also serve another [...]

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Agency sought to help reduce cyberbullying

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The search is underway for an Approved Agency where victims of cyberbullying can turn to for help, Justice Minister Amy Adams announced today.
The Agency will be required to work with victims and the offending party to resolve complaints about cyberbullying in a quick and efficient way. It’s a core part of the Harmful Digital Communications [...]

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Small businesses urged to value and protect IP

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Small Business Minister Craig Foss is welcoming an online initiative to help small businesses better understand and protect their intellectual property (IP).
“Business.govt.nz and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) have teamed up to produce easy to understand advice on the importance and value of secure IP,” Mr Foss says.
“Protecting your IP can be [...]

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Better spinal injury outcomes goal of new policy

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Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye have confirmed that from next month people who suffer spinal cord injuries will be taken straight to a specialist hospital if feasible, to maximise their long-term health and rehabilitation outcomes.
“We know it is best for patients with suspected spinal cord injuries to get to a specialist [...]

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SmartGates to more than double

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Over $6 million from the Future Investment Fund will go towards expanding and modernising SmartGate at our borders to help manage increasing numbers of travellers, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner.
An additional 29 next generation SmartGates will ensure New Zealand’s border processing systems continue to be world-class. The new SmartGates use a one-step process and will [...]

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Youth Service extension bill passes first reading

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Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a bill extending the successful Youth Service to better support 19 year old parents and other unemployed 18 and 19 year olds at risk of long term welfare dependence has passed its first reading.
Youth Service provides intensive wrap around support for young people, getting them help with paying bills, [...]

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Callaghan Innovation board appointments

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Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of Alan (Al) Monro to the Callaghan Innovation Board.
Callaghan Innovation was established in 2013 to support science and technology-based innovation and its commercialisation by businesses, in order to improve their growth and competitiveness.
Mr Monro is an experienced director, CEO and executive in the ICT and [...]

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Minister announces appointments to boards

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Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he is pleased to announce appointments to two transport-related boards.
Grant Lilly has been reappointed as a board member of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) until 30 April 2017.
“Grant has been on the Board since 2011 and has a background in the airline industry, tourism and travel sectors. As well as [...]

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