Archive for February, 2016

$2.9 million boost for Waikato HNZ homes

Comments Off | 02-26-2016

Increased spending on maintenance by Housing New Zealand’s is making its Waikato properties better places to live, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.
Housing New Zealand (HNZ) spent $11.5 million on maintenance in Hamilton and the Waikato Region last year, an increase of $2.9 million since 2012.
“Ensuring vulnerable social housing tenants have homes that are healthy, [...]

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$2.3 billion increase from international visitors

Comments Off | 02-26-2016

International visitor spending has increased by 31 per cent to $9.7 billion in the year to December 2015 according to the latest International Visitor Survey.
“These figures further confirm that the tourism sector’s focus on increasing both value and volume is working, with high-spending overseas visitors choosing to spend their money in our country,” Mrs Bennett [...]

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$10m redevelopment for Red Hill Primary School, Auckland

Comments Off | 02-26-2016

Red Hill Primary School in Papakura, Auckland, will have virtually all its buildings replaced as part of a $10 million redevelopment, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“The school has experienced problems with leaky buildings, and most of the existing buildings have reached the end of their economic life, says Ms Kaye.
“This redevelopment will see [...]

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Adjustments to Super, Veteran’s Pension

Comments Off | 02-25-2016

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension rates will increase on 1 April.
The Government has committed to keeping the Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension rates at 66 per cent of average incomes, leading to a 2.73 per cent rise this year.
“This means an increase of $15.74 a week for a married couple, $10.23 [...]

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Scholarships awarded to Pacific students

Comments Off | 02-25-2016

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today awarded four young people $25,000 scholarships aimed at encouraging more Pacific people into studying science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.
The Toloa Scholarships, funded by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, were awarded at a ceremony at the University of Auckland’s Fale Pasifika.
“The aim of the Toloa Scholarships is to [...]

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Product stewardship, $430k grant awarded to Interbloc

Comments Off | 02-25-2016

Interbloc was today recognised for its efforts to responsibly manage the environmental effects of its products, with Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith awarding product accreditation to the company’s Envirocon scheme under the Waste Minimisation Act.
“Envirocon is a concrete collection system which reuses wet waste ready-mix concrete to manufacture products like stackable concrete blocks for retaining [...]

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Minister opens new $9.8m maternity unit

Comments Off | 02-25-2016

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today officially opened the new maternity unit at Whangarei Hospital.
“The new maternity ward will help to further improve the quality care being provided to women and babies at Northland DHB,” says Dr Coleman.
“The $9.8 million Te Kotuku unit brings together the hospital’s maternity services into the one place.
“The purpose-built unit [...]

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Government congratulates successful beach campaign

Comments Off | 02-25-2016

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry and Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner have congratulated the successful Givealittle campaign to buy Awaroa beach.
“Duane Major, Adam Gard’ner and the almost 40,000 Kiwis who donated close to $2 million to buy Awaroa beach deserve the thanks of the nation for their generosity, energy and spirit,” Ms Barry says.
“It’s been inspiring [...]

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Return to market for AoG Air Travel contract

Comments Off | 02-25-2016

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the MBIE procurement team will return to market for the All-of-Government Air Travel contract, which has saved government agencies more than $37 million to date.
“This contract was initially signed in late 2011 and around 290 agencies and schools are now participating. The contract expires in December 2016 [...]

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NZ joins $200 million science investment fund

Comments Off | 02-23-2016

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced that New Zealand has joined Australia’s Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF).
“The MRCF is an early-stage venture capital fund, which provides capital and hands-on expertise to support the development and commercialisation of promising biomedical discoveries. New Zealand’s research organisations can now sign up to gain access to the [...]

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