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  • Building on excellence in construction trades training

    A new centre of excellence for vocational education is to be established for the construction sector to drive innovation and strengthen links between education providers and industry, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

  • Interactive media a game changer for digital economy

    A new report has found interactive media is a $143 million industry and is one of the fastest growing parts of New Zealand’s digital economy.

    Interactive Aotearoa – Driving growth and wellbeing through interactive media was prepared by the New Zealand Game Developers Association with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and NZTech.

  • More measures to help those facing homelessness

    The Government has announced additional measures to prevent and reduce homelessness focused on ensuring at-risk individuals and whānau have access to stable housing and continue to stay housed.

    Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi, and Minister of Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies.

  • Virtual reality tool game changer for training New Zealanders on benefit

    Construction businesses in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development will start using virtual reality technology to prepare people for jobs in the industry, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today.

  • Kaikohe benefits from skills and employment boost

    The Kaikohe community is set to benefit from the establishment of a wide-ranging skills and employment programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.

    The Provincial Growth Fund will invest $3 million over three years in the Accelerating our Capability programme, which supports Kaikohe locals who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

  • Major boost for low emissions vehicles

    Low emission transport in New Zealand will receive its largest boost so far, Energy and Resources Minister Hon Megan Woods announced today.

    “Today I am announcing that 29 low-emissions vehicle projects are bring granted funding through the latest round of the Government’s Low Emission’s Vehicles Contestable Fund.

  • First urban growth partnership signed

    New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today.

  • New powerhouse of primary sector vocational education

    The primary sector has been named the first centre of excellence for vocational education, to drive innovation and strengthen links between education providers and industry, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

    The centre will be a prototype and is part of the wider reform of vocational education announced this month to address the mismatch between training provided and the needs of employers.

  • PGF invests in skills programmes for young Northland unemployed

    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $3.88 million in a range of digital, work and life skills training for young unemployed people in Northland, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today in Northland.

  • Growing Waikato with the PGF

    Waikato has been given a financial boost to help grow its economic performance, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced in Hamilton today.

    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $400,000 in Te Waka Waikato Economic Development Agency, to ensure it has the access to resources and systems for developing viable initiatives for consideration by the Provincial Growth Fund.

  • First IVL projects to support sustainable tourism and conservation

    A programme to build a skilled tourism workforce and a recovery plan for the critically endangered kākāpō are among the first projects to receive funding through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

  • Government moves to protect elite soils

    New Zealand’s most fertile and versatile land will be given new protection under proposals released today by Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. 

    “Our land is a precious taonga – an irreplaceable treasure and a source of life and wellness for our country,” Damien O’Connor said. 

  • Government investment to help reopen Rotorua Museum

    Significant investment from two government funds will help reopen the Rotorua Museum, provide better care for and access to the Museum’s collection of taonga, and create jobs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

  • Employment Strategy to get more people into fulfilling careers

    A new Employment Strategy released today sets out the Government’s aims for all New Zealanders to achieve their potential in developing skills, finding secure employment and fulfilling careers.

    The Employment Strategy highlights the changes that government agencies are making to unlock people’s untapped potential and help businesses hire employees with the skills they need. These include changes to our education, welfare and immigration systems.

  • Wellington man fined for paying trainee to carry out electrical work

    A business owner has been prosecuted and fined $10,800 plus costs in Wellington District Court for permitting an unsupervised trainee electrician to carry out prescribed electrical work for homeowners who purchased Groupon vouchers for the work.

  • NZSA to vote against Xero's proposed $800k increase in directors' fees

    The New Zealand Shareholders' Association says it will vote the Xero proxies it holds against the resolution to increase maximum directors' fees by $800,000 to $2.2 million.

    That's because the accounting software company hasn't provided an independent report to justify the increase and because the notice of meeting didn't include the amounts payable to individual directors.

  • Employment Strategy helps more people into fulfilling careers

    Making sure all New Zealanders can achieve their potential by developing skills, finding secure employment and having fulfilling careers is the driving force for the Government’s Employment Strategy, released today by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Employment Minister Willie Jackson.

  • Prime Minister to attend Pacific Islands Forum

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will attend the 50th Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu this week, the foremost annual meeting of Pacific leaders.  

  • Swiss tax agreement tightens net on avoidance

    Opportunities to dodge tax are shrinking with the completion of a new tax agreement with Switzerland, Revenue Minister Stuart Nash announced today.

    Mr Nash and the Swiss Ambassador David Vogelsanger have today signed documents to update the Double Tax Agreement (DTA). The previous DTA was signed in 1980.

  • Work programme confirms economic and social focus

    The Government’s updated tax policy work programme continues the focus on productivity, growth and wellbeing outlined in Budget 2019, Revenue Minister Stuart Nash announced today.

    The tax policy work programme (TPWP) required an update following the release of the Tax Working Group (TWG) report in April. The TPWP was last produced in May 2018.

  • Consultation now open on review of KiwiSaver default provider arrangements

    Consultation is open on the joint Treasury / Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) review of KiwiSaver default provider arrangements.

  • Pacific Business Trust welcomes new Chairperson

    The Pacific Business Trust welcomes newly appointed Chairperson Tevita Funaki to lead the Trust’s through an exciting phase of business transformation.

    Announced by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon. Aupito Su’a William Sio in a statement last week; Mr Funaki brings extensive governance, business and community experience to the role and has served as a board member since May 2018.

  • Government invests around $5 million in Telford

    The Government is investing $4.7 million in Otago and Southland to ensure a bright future for trainees in the important agricultural sector.

    The investment will enable the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to operate the Telford farm campus in 2020 and 2021.

    “This Government values the agricultural sector extremely highly,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

  • Synthetic drug dealers face full force of new law

    The Police will have stronger powers of search and seizure to crackdown on synthetic drug dealers under legislation passed today in Parliament.

    The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill reclassifies the two main synthetic drugs, 5F-ADB and AMB-FUBINACA) as Class A drugs, giving Police greater powers to get them off our streets.

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