Archive for March, 2016

Bill ensures ongoing success for RNZ

Comments Off | 03-30-2016

The passing of the Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill ensures the iconic broadcaster is better equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities of a multi-media era, Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams said today.
“This Bill strongly reaffirms RNZ’s role as an independent, commercial-free, public service broadcaster, providing it with the freedom to speak for and comment on [...]

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$10 million for Fiji cyclone rebuild

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Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced a $10 million package to help Fiji repair public infrastructure following Cyclone Winston.
“The impact of Cyclone Winston was widespread and Fiji now faces the long and expensive task of restoring infrastructure,” Mr McCully says.
“Of the funding announced today, $500,000 will used to supply building materials for projects being undertaken [...]

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PM to meet economic and trade leaders in Washington

Comments Off | 03-30-2016

Prime Minister John Key will spend the next two days in Washington meeting with key economic and trade leaders.
Mr Key will meet with the Federal Reserve Chair Dr Janet Yellen, US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and US Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew. He will also address the US Chamber of Commerce.
“These meetings are a [...]

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Bill to strengthen DOC powers passes first reading

Comments Off | 03-30-2016

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed the first reading of the Wildlife (Powers) Amendment Bill in Parliament this evening.
A modernisation and upgrade of existing legislation, the bill will give Department of Conservation rangers new powers to intervene and prevent offences against native wildlife such as poaching, hunting protected species and smuggling.
“Under the Wildlife Act 1953, [...]

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McCully to Cook Islands for Ministerial Forum

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Foreign Minister Murray McCully is in the Cook Islands this week for the annual Cook Islands-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum.
“My discussions with Prime Minister Puna and members of his Cabinet will cover a range of matters including New Zealand’s development assistance to the Cook Islands as well as a number of regional issues,” Mr McCully [...]

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Jobs forecast to grow 148k over next three years

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The latest employment forecast from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment predicts the number of jobs in New Zealand will grow by another 148,300 over the next three years.
The Short-Term Employment Forecasts: 2016-19 report, released today, predicts employment will grow an average of 2.1 per cent annually over the next three years.
“It is [...]

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Acting District Court Judge appointed

Comments Off | 03-25-2016

Wellington barrister and solicitor James Johnston has been appointed an Acting District Court Judge with a jury warrant to be based in Wellington, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.
Mr Johnston is Chairman of Partners at Rainey Collins Lawyers. He joined the firm in 1989 and has been a partner since 1994. Prior to becoming a [...]

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Government confirms Taji objectives being achieved

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Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says Cabinet has received and accepted the review of the first nine months of the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Defence Force personnel at Taji, in Iraq.
“So far this has been a successful mission,” Mr Brownlee says.
“It has allowed some of New Zealand’s best soldiers to impart their [...]

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Council amalgamations possible under reforms

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Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says council amalgamations are still possible under new local government reforms.
The Wellington City Council last night stepped away from starting to evaluate a merger with Porirua city because it believed the new legislation would remove the requirement for a public poll on council-led amalgamations.
“Any amalgamation that is proposed [...]

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Government condemns Brussels attacks

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Prime Minister John Key has condemned the attacks in Brussels and says New Zealanders are thinking about the people and the government of Belgium.
“We utterly condemn these appalling acts which have killed and wounded so many,” Mr Key says.
“No innocent person should have to worry about such violence when going about their daily lives and [...]

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