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4 February 2015

Paula Bennett | Tourism

Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett will travel to Sydney on 5 February to attend the biannual Tourism Ministers’ Meeting. The Tourism Ministers’ Meeting brings together Australian federal, state and territorial tourism ministers, as well as New Zealand.  “It’s an exciting time for New Zealand and Australian tourism, with things truly kicking into gear in less than two weeks with the opening match of the jointly-hosted Cricket World Cup 2015,” says Mrs Bennett. ...

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4 February 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

The Northland region has significant untapped economic potential and its industries could grow substantially thanks to its resource-based advantages, a newly-published report reveals. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today released the Northland Regional Growth Study, which shows that the Northland region has strong potential to attract further investment, raise incomes and increase employment opportunities. ...

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3 February 2015

Te Ururoa Flavell | Economic Development

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has welcomed the launch today of He Tangata, He Whenua, He Oranga, the Tai Tokerau iwi chairs’ and chief executives’ economic growth strategy for the Tai Tokerau Māori economy. “This strategy represents the commitment of Te Taitokerau iwi to define on their own terms – the basis and actions to drive their economic growth,” says Mr Flavell. ...

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2 February 2015

John Key | Prime Minister

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key has announced that further funding is now available for the improvement of New Zealand’s Great Rides. Applications are now being accepted for the second round of funding available through the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund - a government initiative to maintain and enhance the Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. ...

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22 January 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Government agencies are now able to access further savings when it comes to purchasing advertising media, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced today. The Advertising Media All-of-Government (AoG) contract replaces the current Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) agreements with existing media vendors, and introduces an open-panel concept.  It widens government agency eligibility to include all agencies able to purchase from AoG contracts.  ...

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12 January 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

New Zealand’s agritechnology exports are worth approximately $1.2 billion annually, and there is a big opportunity to grow them further according to the latest research into the sector, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said today. ...

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19 December 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed SkyCity’s planned submission today of a resource consent application for the construction of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC). “This is an important step toward achieving an international-standard convention centre in central Auckland,” Mr Joyce says. “The centre will drive a significant increase in tourism expenditure through the estimated 33,000 additional convention delegates that it is expected to bring to Auckland each year.” ...

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11 December 2014

John Key | Prime Minister

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key has welcomed Air New Zealand’s announcement today that they are opening up a new route to South America. Air New Zealand will start flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina three days a week from December 2015. The service is Air New Zealand’s first to South America. “South America offers significant potential for the New Zealand tourism industry so I am pleased Air New Zealand has decided to start flying there,” says Mr Key. ...

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8 December 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Good morning. As Minister of Energy and Resources, it’s my pleasure to welcome and host you here, in Parliament, this morning to award permits for the Government’s Block Offer 2014. We are here today because New Zealand has a petroleum potential that needs to be better understood.  The oil and gas industry is already a vital part of the New Zealand economy.  Oil is our fourth largest commodity export after dairy, meat and wood, and oil and gas combined contribute more than $2.7 billion to GDP each year. ...

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8 December 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the award of 15 new oil and gas exploration permits as a result of Block Offer 2014. Block Offer 2014 includes six onshore permits across the Taranaki, West Coast and East Coast basins, and nine offshore permits across the Reinga-Northland, Taranaki, and Pegasus basins. Collectively the permits represent more than $110 million in committed expenditure on initial exploration which, if successful, could lead to further work worth more than $1 billion. ...

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