Archive for September, 2015

Coastal hazard issue to be uncoupled from fast-track earthquake recovery plan process

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Plan changes affecting property owners as a consequence of future coastal hazard issues are to be dealt with as part of Christchurch City Council’s normal planning processes, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, Associate Minister Nicky Wagner and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today with Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
“These coastal planning issues relating [...]

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Kermadec sanctuary a global contribution to ocean protection

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The Prime Minister’s announcement today at the United Nations in New York of a new Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is a global contribution by New Zealand towards better protection of the world’s oceans, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.
“Oceans are the new frontier for environmental protection. They make up 72 per cent of the globe and [...]

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Funding boost for emergency housing sector

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More vulnerable New Zealanders will be able to access emergency housing when they need it, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.
The Government will invest $2 million in non-government organisations (NGOs) in Auckland for a short-term emergency housing response to help address the shortage of emergency housing places.
“Emergency housing is for people who urgently need somewhere [...]

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Kiwi projects receive $226,000

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Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced new funding for three groups with exciting plans to help New Zealand’s national bird thrive in the wild.
$226,000 from the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund will go towards the projects in the West Coast, Northland and the Coromandel.
“These three projects are deserving recipients of CCPF funding,” Ms Barry says. “Together [...]

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Applications open for Settling In funding

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Not-for-profit organisations working directly with refugees and recent migrants can apply for Settling In funding from today, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced.
The Settling In fund is a contestable funding round administered by the Office of Ethnic Communities to help local communities support the successful integration and participation of people from refugee and [...]

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Minister to visit Europe ahead of WW100 commemorations

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Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry will leave for Europe tomorrow to take part in a series of memorial events, visit the new Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War trails and build ties for the next three years of centenary commemorations.
Ms Barry will travel to France, Belgium and Italy during her visit, meeting [...]

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Five new projects to receive tourism funding

Comments Off | 09-26-2015

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has announced the Government is investing in five new projects to help grow the tourism sector in New Zealand.
“Tourism is New Zealand’s second largest export earner and has a crucial role in growing our economy. The industry is in great shape and we want to keep [...]

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Government seeks community input on social housing

Comments Off | 09-26-2015

Treasury and the Ministry of Social Development are looking to identify further opportunities for the supply or transfer of social housing, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.
“Under the Social Housing Reform Programme the Government has committed to subsidise an additional 3,000 social housing tenancies nationally, by the end of 2018,” Social Housing Minister Paula [...]

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Climate Change Minister to visit Australia and the United States

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Trade Minister Tim Groser will travel to Australia and the United States important talks on international climate change and regional trade agreements.
Mr Groser will first meet Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt in Melbourne today to discuss domestic climate policies following Malcolm Turnbull’s appointment as Prime Minister and his Cabinet re-shuffle.
He will then travel to the [...]

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Minister welcomes report on consumer issues

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A report by the Commerce Commission provides a useful snapshot of issues affecting consumers and competition levels in 2014, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Paul Goldsmith says.
“I welcome this report by the Commerce Commission,” Mr Goldsmith says.
“The annual Consumer Issues 2015 report gives an overview of areas where there was a risk of harm [...]

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