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18 June 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

I’m very pleased to be here today – thank you for inviting me to open your conference. The electricity industry plays a vital role in the daily lives of all New Zealanders. It has a proud history, and of course engineers have been an essential part of this.   I would like to acknowledge the contribution the Electricity Engineers Association has made for more than 85 years, including providing valuable feedback on government proposals and reforms. ...

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18 June 2014

Steven Joyce | Small Business

Minister for Small Business Steven Joyce today announced two appointments to the Small Business Development Group.  Frances Valintine and Sharon Henderson will replace departing members Matthew Jones and Rhonda Kite. “Ms Valintine and Ms Henderson are both outstanding business leaders who have many years’ experience in starting and growing small businesses,” Mr Joyce says. ...

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18 June 2014

Steven Joyce | Small Business

Small Business Minister Steven Joyce today launched a new SME Research Hub in Wellington, which pulls together important information in one place for small business owners, researchers, government officials and policy makers. “This new research centre underlines the importance of small business to New Zealand and the New Zealand economy,” Mr Joyce says. ...

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16 June 2014

Craig Foss | Consumer Affairs

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says changes to consumer law coming into effect today will strengthen consumer rights across all types of transactions. “Key changes under the Consumer Law Reform Bill swing into action today. Consumers will have the same rights when purchasing goods and services regardless of whether they buy online, in a store, by auction, over the phone, at home or anywhere else,” Mr Foss says. ...

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16 June 2014

Amy Adams | Communications and Information Technology

Good morning.  It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the launch of Connect Smart Week. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the contribution made by our sponsors and partners. By supporting Connect Smart you play a key role in ensuring that New Zealanders the length and breadth of the country are empowered to make themselves and their businesses more secure online. In addition, we have about 50 partners for the Connect Smart campaign, including government agencies, businesses and non-government organisations or industry bodies.  ...

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16 June 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced changes to the regulation of discretionary investment management services (DIMS) to ensure investors are well protected and the regulatory regime works for smaller players. DIMS include any service where the provider decides which financial products to buy or sell on behalf of their client, without having to get their client’s agreement to the transaction. ...

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15 June 2014

Tony Ryall | Consumer Affairs

Safekids Aotearoa has unveiled a new online tool to help health professionals treat children who have swallowed button batteries. Health Minister Tony Ryall says the tool, which has been developed in partnership with the Ministry of Health, provides doctors and nurses with immediate diagnosis and treatment information. “If a child swallows a battery it’s important they receive prompt care. Button batteries can get stuck in the throat, nose or ear canal which can have very serious consequences,” says Mr Ryall. ...

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13 June 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser today announced the reappointment of Karen Fistonich and Robin Hapi to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Board. “I would like to thank Karen and Robin for their work on the board since they were first appointed in 2011, and look forward to their continued contributions to the work of NZTE,” Mr Joyce says. ...

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11 June 2014

Craig Foss | Consumer Affairs

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss will travel to Australia today to attend a trans-Tasman consumer affairs forum. The two-day Legislative and Governance Forum on Consumer Affairs (CAF) begins in Cairns on Thursday. Mr Foss will join Australian Commonwealth, state and territory ministers to discuss a range of consumer affairs and fair trading matters. “CAF is an excellent opportunity to advance the Single Economic Market agenda and establish a joint approach to international consumer issues,” Mr Foss says. ...

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10 June 2014

Bill English | Economic Development

The Government’s comprehensive Business Growth Agenda is delivering greater business investment, more jobs and higher wages for New Zealanders, Finance Minister Bill English and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce say. The two lead ministers today released the Business Growth Agenda – Future Direction 2014 report which outlines the significant progress the National Government has made in creating the conditions for businesses to invest for jobs and growth. ...

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