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19 April 2015

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges will be promoting New Zealand’s world-leading renewable energy expertise at an international conference in Melbourne this week. Along with Australia, New Zealand is co-hosting the 2015 World Geothermal Congress where Mr Bridges will deliver the keynote address. “As the world transitions towards a lower carbon future, the increased demand for renewable energy, coupled with the ongoing interest in energy security, has focused attention on geothermal energy. ...

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16 April 2015

Craig Foss | Small Business

Small Business Minister Craig Foss today welcomed a report showing tax compliance costs for small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) continue to fall. Inland Revenue and Research New Zealand surveyed 1206 SMEs about tax compliance costs in 2013/14 and compared results from two earlier surveys in 2004 and 2009. The report shows tax compliance costs have reduced by 11.7 per cent since 2004. “This is excellent news for New Zealand’s small businesses but there is still more work to be done,” Mr Foss says.  ...

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15 April 2015

Steven Joyce | Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith have welcomed the introduction of legislation that will extend the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) to all business entities. The NZBN is part of the Government’s Better Public Services for business (Result 9) programme, which aims to simplify interaction with government. All key government agencies that work regularly with businesses will be required to recognise and use the NZBN by the end of 2017. ...

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15 April 2015

John Key | Prime Minister

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has welcomed Air New Zealand’s announcement that it will begin operating direct flights between Houston and New Zealand. The new service will provide for a more direct route for the millions of US citizens living in the south and east of the country, and for New Zealanders heading in the opposite direction. “We already get thousands of visitors a year from states such as Texas, Florida and New York and this new service should allow us to boost those numbers further,” says Mr Key. ...

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8 April 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has officially opened the Shanghai office of Primary Collaboration New Zealand (PCNZ) – a coalition of New Zealand food and beverage companies pooling their expertise in China. Mr Joyce, who is currently visiting Shanghai to foster business ties between New Zealand and China, says the new premises will provide a boost to the export ambitions of a number of New Zealand’s major primary sector brands. ...

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7 April 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves for Shanghai, China, this evening to foster ties between the two countries’ marine, education and technology sectors. Since the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) came into force in September 2008, New Zealand exports to China have more than tripled to reach $11.8 billion in 2014. Mr Joyce will be attending the 20th annual China International Boat Show, where he will receive an award on behalf of the NZ marine industry for New Zealand’s commitment to developing business ties with the marine sector in China. ...

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29 March 2015

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Good morning, It is great to be with you today and can I warmly welcome our international guests. May you have a wonderful time in New Zealand. Over the last couple of years we’ve been hearing a lot about the idea of an 'energy trilemma'.  As the World Energy Council puts it, we need to balance the tensions between the need for energy security, society’s need for accessible and affordable energy, and the need for environmental sustainability. ...

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29 March 2015

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has launched Block Offer 2015, the annual tender for oil and gas exploration permits. “In 2012 the Government introduced the Block Offer regime which provides an efficient and transparent process for oil and gas permitting, and each year has attracted investment from experienced and capable operators. ...

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26 March 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is encouraging senior managers, executives and business owners who want to expand their international expertise to apply for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships. Entries open today for the scholarships, which cover up to 50 percent of the course-related costs of attending an international learning institution. They are designed to grow skills and business capability to make New Zealand firms more internationally competitive, Mr Joyce says. ...

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26 March 2015

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says new figures showing renewable energy contributed almost 80 percent of New Zealand’s electricity generation last year are very encouraging. At 79.9 percent, the share of renewable electricity generation in 2014 is the highest it has been since 1996. The figures were released today in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s December quarter 2014 edition of the NZ Energy Quarterly. ...

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