Archive for April, 2016

Budget 2016: $303m to merge and modernise New Zealand’s fire services

Comments Off | 04-30-2016

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017.
“The name of the new organisation – Fire and Emergency New Zealand – reflects the wide range of services that our firefighters provide for their communities, including [...]

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Building investment hits record high

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Building is at a record high, with consents of $13.6 billion of residential and commercial work across New Zealand for the year to 31 March 2016, the largest investment ever in both nominal and real terms, new building consent data out today shows.
Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says the data shows residential and [...]

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Strong support for red zone offer process

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Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says it is pleasing to see that a recent CERA survey of former red zone owners shows the Crown’s recovery objectives have largely been met.
A CERA survey of more than 2000 who accepted an offer measured the Crown’s recovery objectives in four areas: certainty for home [...]

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Govt acknowledges Genesis commitment to removing coal-fired generation

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Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has acknowledged Genesis Energy’s continuing commitment to phasing out its two remaining coal units by 2022.
“It is clear that this transitional arrangement is a short-term security of supply solution and the removal of the coal units remain a matter of when, not if,” Mr Bridges says.
Last year Genesis proposed [...]

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Minister welcomes ban on offensive slogans

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Associate Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett today welcomed a decision by the Office of the Chief Censor to ban three slogans on Wicked Campers’ vans.
The Censor has ruled that the slogans meet the criteria for objectionable publications.
“This is a real victory for everyone that has seen the vans and been offended by the awful slogans [...]

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Business leaders join international line-up for Cyber Security Summit

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More than 200 top business people will join Communications Minister Amy Adams for New Zealand’s first Cyber Security Summit in Auckland onThursday (5 May).
Ms Adams signalled the summit at the launch of New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy in December, with a call to action for the public and private sector to come together to keep [...]

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Govt acknowledges Genesis commitment to removing coal-fired generation

Comments Off | 04-28-2016

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has acknowledged Genesis Energy’s continuing commitment to phasing out its two remaining coal units by 2022.
“It is clear that this transitional arrangement is a short-term security of supply solution and the removal of the coal units remain a matter of when, not if,” Mr Bridges says.
Last year Genesis proposed [...]

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New PGP Investment Advisory Panel Chair announced

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Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed John Parker as the new Chair of the Primary Growth Partnership’s independent Investment Advisory Panel (IAP).
Mr Parker is a primary industry and governance specialist, and assumes his role as IAP Chair from 1 May 2016. He replaces Joanna Perry whose tenure as Chair finishes on 30 April [...]

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$278m upgrade for popular Coromandel route

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The Government will invest $278 million to upgrade State Highway 2 between Pokeno and the SH25 intersection, Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced today.
Work will begin this year on the design, consents and property purchase for a long-term overhaul of the road that will be carried out in five stages over several years.
The 32 kilometre long [...]

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Minister recognises World Intellectual Property Day

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Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today acknowledged World Intellectual Property Day, an international initiative celebrating the role intellectual property plays in fostering human innovation and creativity.
“In our increasingly knowledge-driven economy, intellectual property is of growing importance to New Zealand businesses,” says Mr Goldsmith.
“Every year around 30,000 trade mark, patent, design and plant variety [...]

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