Archive for October, 2015

Whanganui Prison West Wing Completed

Comments Off | 10-17-2015

Whanganui Prison’s refurbished west wing has been officially opened today as part of a more than $19 million upgrade of prisoner accommodation at the site, says Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.
The prison’s east and west wings, with a total of 141 beds, have been earthquake-strengthened and enhancements made to meet security classification requirements, and improve [...]

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More youth development initiatives in Northland

Comments Off | 10-17-2015

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye visited Northland College in Kaikohe today with Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell to announce further investment in developing the potential of young people in Northland.
“The Government is committed to helping young people in Northland realise their potential and today I unveiled new ways that we’ll be doing this,” said Ms Kaye.
“We’ve already [...]

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Good progress in Porirua social sector trial

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Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Porirua social sector trial in the Wellington region has resulted in a decrease in children hospitalised for untreated skin conditions.
“As a result of the social sector trial families in Porirua are getting more support to get well and stay healthy,” says Dr Coleman.
“The trial aims to reduce the number [...]

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Passage of Bill brings greater clarity to gambling law

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Law changes contained in Gambling Amendment Bill (No.3) passed by Parliament today will help fulfil the purposes of the Gambling Act 2003 says Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne.
“The main purpose of the Gambling Act is to ensure that money from gambling benefits the community. There are large sums of money at stake here and it’s [...]

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New funding balance for PGP programmes

Comments Off | 10-17-2015

The Crown’s investment share in new Primary Growth Partnership programmes will shift from 50 percent to 40 percent from 1 December, with overall annual funding remaining the same, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.
“The PGP has been operating for around five years, so it is a good time to consider the proper level [...]

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NZ invests in expansion of Niue’s Matavai Resort

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Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand will invest $7.5 million in the expansion of the Scenic Matavai Resort in Niue.
“Tourism is the largest contributor to economic growth in Niue and the key to putting Niue on a path towards self-sufficiency,” Mr McCully says.
“The funding announced today will see the development of a [...]

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Māori ICT Development Fund Advisory Group members appointed

Comments Off | 10-15-2015

Communications Minister Amy Adams and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have announced eight appointees to the Māori ICT Development Fund Expert Advisory Group.
In Budget 2014, the Government allocated $30 million for a Māori ICT Development Fund to support Māori economic development and support access to Māori language and culture through digital literacy initiatives.
The group [...]

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Lifting business investment key for growth

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Attracting high-quality business investment into all parts of New Zealand is the key focus for the update of the Building Investment workstream of the Business Growth Agenda released by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today.
The Investment Chapter aims to ensure that New Zealand has the right conditions to support and encourage more business investment, and [...]

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Government posts full year operating surplus

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The Government has reported an operating surplus in the fiscal year that ended on 30 June, meeting a target set in 2011 following the Canterbury earthquakes and the international financial crisis, says Finance Minister Bill English.
The OBEGAL surplus of $414 million in the year to 30 June 2015 is equal to 0.2 per cent of [...]

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Callaghan Innovation board appointment

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Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of Alison Barrass 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.
Ms Barrass has considerable experience in the fast-moving consumer goods sector and in governance, [...]

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