Archive for January, 2016

Labour MPs’ support of TPP welcomed

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

Trade Minister Todd McClay today welcomed confirmation from Labour MPs Phil Goff and David Shearer that many in the Labour caucus have not strayed as far from their free trade roots as their leader would have New Zealand believe.
Both have declared their support for TPP and rejected their leader’s misplaced opposition to New [...]

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New $6m block for Khandallah School, Wellington

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

The Government will invest $6 million in a new nine-classroom block at Khandallah School in Wellington, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“This redevelopment will address structural and weathertightness issues in the school’s current main teaching block,” says Ms Kaye.
“The old eight-classroom block will be replaced by the new block, which will meet full innovative [...]

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$12 billion reduction in benefit liability

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest benefit valuation which shows a $12 billion reduction over four years in the welfare system’s future lifetime cost, which equates to clients spending 900,000 fewer years on benefits over their working lifetimes, compared to pre-reform expectations.
“Welfare reforms have had a significant impact over the past few [...]

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Govt works to bring forward East-West Connection

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

The Government today announced its intention to streamline the consent process for the East-West Connection roading project in Auckland in order to bring forward its construction.
The project, estimated to cost between $1.25 and $1.85 billion, will provide a seamless link between the South-Western Motorway (SH20) and the Southern Motorway (SH1). It will also tackle congestion [...]

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$115m to accelerate regional roading projects

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

Prime Minister John Key today announced funding of up to $115 million to accelerate regionally significant roading projects in Taranaki, Gisborne and Marlborough, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.
The Government announced its Accelerated Regional Roading Programme in 2014 to speed up the delivery of transport projects considered important to regions.
A number of projects are already [...]

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Infrastructure programme rich source of jobs

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

Figures released today show the Government’s infrastructure programme is a significant contributor to jobs across New Zealand, Finance Minister Bill English and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce say.
“Quality infrastructure networks such as transport, telecommunications, energy and water help to give businesses confidence to invest another dollar and employ another person,” Mr English [...]

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Workplace vocational education on the rise

Comments Off | 01-26-2016

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed a report which shows apprentice numbers and completion rates are both up, following the major industry training reforms of 2012/13.
The Ministry of Education report on workplace training NZ’s Workplace-Based Learners: 2014, shows a shift to apprenticeships and away from lower level traineeships. At the [...]

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New Zealand releases final TPP text

Comments Off | 01-26-2016

Trade Minister Todd McClay today announced that New Zealand has released the legally verified TPP text, in its capacity as Depositary of the Agreement.
“This is the final version of the Agreement, which will be signed by TPP countries in February. New Zealand looks forward to hosting this important event,” says Mr McClay.
New Zealand [...]

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New Science Challenge to boost land productivity and the environment

Comments Off | 01-26-2016

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today launched the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, which aims to enhance primary sector production and productivity while maintaining and improving land and water quality.
The National Science Challenges are dedicated to breaking new ground in areas of science that are crucial to New Zealand’s future.
“From an [...]

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Ensuring access to social housing is fair and reasonable

Comments Off | 01-25-2016

Changes announced last year to discourage people from refusing reasonable social housing offers come into effect from today.
“Too many people have been refusing offers of social housing properties without a good reason and this is delaying others from getting into homes that suit their needs,” Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.
“The Government’s number one [...]

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