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13 November 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the start of the Block Offer 2015 process for awarding oil and gas exploration permits. “Consultation now begins with iwi and local authorities in the areas being proposed for onshore and offshore exploration,” says Mr Bridges. “This is an important first step in the Block Offer process and I encourage iwi and local authorities to take part.  Their feedback ensures that any areas of sensitivity are carefully considered before the 2015 tender round is finalised.” ...

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12 November 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says the ASB Community Trust contribution to funding the insulation of houses in Auckland, as part of the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme, is an important example of partnership between Government and community organisations. “Nearly 2000 low-income homes in Auckland will be insulated, with the Trust contributing $1 million in funding.  The proportion of Government funding will decrease from 60 per cent – the typical contribution as part of Healthy Homes – down to 33 per cent.  ...

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6 November 2014

Paula Bennett | Immigration

Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse say Indian nationals travelling to New Zealand on business will now find it easier and faster to get a visa. Visitors travelling for recognised business events, like conferences, meetings or exhibitions, will now benefit from faster visa processing times and reduced paperwork requirements. The new arrangements were formalised with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Mumbai overnight between Immigration New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand and six approved travel agents. ...

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6 November 2014

Simon Bridges | Conservation

The Government has today accepted Solid Energy’s decision not to pursue the Pike River drift re-entry project and committed to working with the Pike River families on next steps for the Pike River site, says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges and Acting Conservation Minister for issues relating to Pike River, Nick Smith. ...

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29 October 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has today welcomed the launch of New Zealand’s first region-wide wood energy heat hub that will help fuel the Southland economy. Wood Energy South is a joint initiative between the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and Venture Southland that will partner with local businesses, schools and healthcare facilities to help them convert to cleaner, renewable wood burning technology.  ...

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29 October 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) decision on the terms for New Zealand’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) in Geneva. “A positive decision on the terms of New Zealand’s accession has been reached with GPA parties in Geneva overnight (NZ time), following two years of negotiations,” Mr Joyce says. ...

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16 October 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says an agreement signed between the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and one of New Zealand’s largest trucking companies is a significant milestone for the Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Programme. “EECA has been working with industry groups since 2012 to increase awareness of the potential for fuel efficiency and I am delighted the HW Richardson Group is now on board, with 800 trucks in 30 fleets nationwide consuming 19 million litres of fuel per year. ...

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29 September 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) approval of new rules for NZX’s growth market. Mr Foss granted an exemption in July to allow the new growth market to operate with an alternative disclosure regime. “I am pleased to see the rules have now been formally approved by the FMA. The aim is to reduce the barriers to capital-raising for New Zealand’s smaller and high-growth businesses and provide new opportunities for investors,” Mr Foss says. ...

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1 September 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

Commerce Minister Craig Foss says new rules coming into force today will protect New Zealand’s international reputation as a trusted place to do business. The Limited Partnerships Amendment Act takes effect today requiring all limited partnerships to have a general partner who lives in New Zealand or an enforcement country.  This person can be held responsible if a partnership fails to comply with its obligations.  ...

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29 August 2014

Amy Adams | Communications and Information Technology

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today announced draft licencing rules for the use of television white space devices in New Zealand. “Television white space offers opportunities for new ways to deliver wireless services such as broadband,” Ms Adams says. “More efficient use of the radio spectrum, such as through the use of white space, will be increasingly important as new technologies continue to drive demand for wireless frequencies.” ...

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