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9 March 2015

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Urban streets will soon be lined with safer, cheaper, more efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting thanks to an accelerated funding model, Transport and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says. At today’s Road Lighting Conference in Auckland, the Minister announced a NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) policy change that will allow local authorities looking at upgrading road lighting to LED to access funding faster. ...

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6 March 2015

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says Northland is leading the charge in capitalising on its abundant energy resources and hopes the rest of the country will be encouraged to follow its example. Mr Bridges visited successful energy-related enterprises in the region today, with a particular focus on those investing in renewable energy generation. “Northland has a bright future in a wide array of energy activities both in renewable energy and the oil and gas exploration work being undertaken offshore by Statoil”, he says. ...

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5 March 2015

Paula Bennett | Immigration

Sustainable workforce solutions were at the centre of discussions between Government Ministers and tourism industry representatives in Queenstown today. Streamlined immigration rules were announced last month as a short term solution to help employers in Queenstown through this period of high demand. ...

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5 March 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) will invest up to $1.2 million over three years in a new South Island-based mountain bike stage race called The Pioneer. The inaugural Pioneer event will take place in the Southern Alps at the end of January 2016. ...

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3 March 2015

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

It’s great to be back at this conference and to be New Zealand’s Energy Minister for a third year. Time flies when you’re having fun – and it’s been a real privilege working in such an exciting sector that is always changing and is enhancing New Zealanders lives and lifestyles in new and exciting ways. Policy continuity and Competition ...

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19 February 2015

Paula Bennett | Immigration

Temporary changes to immigration rules will further help Queenstown employers recruit much needed staff, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse announced today. A new streamlined visa process means that from now until June 2015 employers in Queenstown will be temporarily exempt from providing evidence of an attempt to recruit within New Zealand, except for roles that Work and Income has identified it may be able to fill. ...

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18 February 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

The Government’s Better Public Services for Business (Result 9) programme shows an improvement in reported performance by government agencies, Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce says. In 2012, the Government set targets to reduce by 2017 the cost to business of dealing with government by 25 per cent, and to improve performance ratings to levels enjoyed by leading private sector firms. ...

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18 February 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Government is investing $420,000 from the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) in the 2015 and 2016 Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festivals. Crankworx, the world’s biggest mountain bike festival, will be held in Rotorua from 25 to 29 March this year, and on similar dates in 2016. Whistler and the French Alps have previously hosted the popular event. “The Crankworx Rotorua Festival is an excellent addition to New Zealand’s growing international events schedule,” Mr Joyce says. ...

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17 February 2015

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy Minister Simon Bridges says a new Bill passed last night will help safeguard the security of New Zealand’s oil supplies. “A secure supply of energy is critical to the well-being of New Zealanders, and is an important part of the government’s Business Growth Agenda,” Mr Bridges says. The Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill is the latest in a series of actions the government is taking to improve oil security. ...

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15 February 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Government and SkyCity have reached agreement on the next stages of the International Convention Centre (NZICC) project. SkyCity has agreed not to pursue a financial contribution from the Government and instead will amend its design to ensure the facility can be completed without financial input from the Crown. “I welcome SkyCity’s agreement with the Government’s approach,” Mr Joyce says. “This clears the path for the project to continue. ...

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