Archive for June, 2016

Minister attends WW1 centenary commemoration in England

Comments Off | 06-29-2016

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley is today attending commemorative events in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, which was the site of the No.1 New Zealand General Hospital in the First World War.
The hospital opened a hundred years ago this month to support New Zealand troops serving in the war, and by 1919 21,000 patients had been treated [...]

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Minister welcomes insurance report

Comments Off | 06-29-2016

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed the release of the Financial Markets Authority’s (FMA) review of insurance replacement business today.
“Transparency is vital for consumers to have confidence in markets and make informed decisions,” says Mr Goldsmith.
“Insurance replacement is an area where there has been considerable scrutiny, particularly to determine if ‘churn’ in [...]

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State sector boards to benefit from Future Directors programme

Comments Off | 06-29-2016

Expanding the Institute of Directors’ Future Directors programme to state sector boards will have strong benefits for governance, Minister for Women Louise Upston announced today.
“New Zealand has a relatively small pool of directors and this programme will help us create a larger and more diverse pipeline of talent,” she said.
The Future Directors scheme was set [...]

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$16.2m boost for restorative justice

Comments Off | 06-29-2016

Justice Minister Amy Adams says an increase in funding of $16.2 million over the next four years will help restorative justice providers meet the growing demand for their services.
“Restorative justice conferences, in which victims and offenders meet in a safe environment and discuss the crime and harm caused, have proven effective in holding offenders to [...]

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Land Information New ZealandNew data for identifying flood risk

Comments Off | 06-28-2016

Scientists have released new data that will help planners identify the risks posed by floods and sea level rise, says Land Information Minister Louise Upston.
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has completed a five year project to improve New Zealand’s Vertical Datum – a reference for measuring the height of the land and its features.
“LINZ has [...]

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Announcement of honours for Dame Patsy Reddy in NZ

Comments Off | 06-28-2016

Prime Minister John Key today announced that the Queen has approved the appointment of Dame Patsy Reddy as an Additional Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and as an Additional Companion of the Queen’s Service Order.
“These appointments are an important step in the process of Dame Patsy becoming the next Governor-General,” [...]

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New Zealand Gov releases foreign trusts inquiry and steps to strengthen international tax rules

Comments Off | 06-28-2016

The Government today released tax expert John Shewan’s independent Inquiry into Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules, and the steps it is taking to strengthen tax rules as part of its work with the OECD to clamp down on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).
MrShewan’s inquiry noted that foreign trusts are legitimate vehicles and that New Zealand’s [...]

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$3.56m programme to support NZcommunities

Comments Off | 06-27-2016

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced the new Community-Led Development Programme (CLDP), supporting community-led initiatives into the future.
“This new programme marks a step change for the long-term support of community projects, and will have significant positive impacts for successful applicants,” says Mrs Goodhew.
The programme will allow selected communities to identify community [...]

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$14.5m redevelopment for Clayton Park School, Auckland

Comments Off | 06-27-2016

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that around $14.5 million has been approved for the redevelopment of Clayton Park School in Auckland.
“This announcement is the result of several years of work and completes an important phase in what is one of our most complex school redevelopments,” says Ms Kaye.
“The school has experienced issues with [...]

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NZ Gambling review discussion document released

Comments Off | 06-27-2016

A public discussion document about the sustainability of community funding from pub and club gaming machines is now available, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said today.
“Earlier this year I announced a review of class 4 gambling and the release of a public discussion document gives the public a chance to have their say.
“The release of [...]

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