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24 June 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the passing of a bill to protect New Zealand’s international reputation as a trusted place to do business. ...

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24 June 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced appointments to the Testing Laboratory Registration Council, Standards Council and board of the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ). Paul Connell has been appointed Chair of the Testing Laboratory Registration Council, while Lindsey Lawton, Howard Duff and John Boshier have been appointed as members. Mr Boshier has also been appointed as a member of the Standards Council. ...

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23 June 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

We are pleased to announce the cross-appointments of Mr David Oliver Jones MNZM to the Australian Takeovers Panel and Mr Richard Hunt to the New Zealand Takeovers Panel.  Mr Jones is currently the Chair of the New Zealand Takeovers Panel and will now also be a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel. Mr Hunt will join as a member of the New Zealand Takeovers Panel and continue to serve as a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel. ...

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20 June 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

The Government today appointed Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith to the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board.  The Advisory Board, established in May 2013, monitors and evaluates the implementation of He kai kei aku ringa, the Crown-Māori Economic Growth Partnership. “He kai kei aku ringa has six goals and education is a central part of three of these goals.  The Government believes an additional member with experience in this field is important to advise on the implementation of He kai kei aku ringa,” Mr Joyce says. ...

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20 June 2014

Amy Adams | Communications and Information Technology

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today announced more than 100 licences for AM and FM radio broadcasting will be auctioned later this year. All licences will be auctioned as commercial licences with tenure up to 2031. A number of the current commercial licences had been allocated temporarily and will expire in September, before the auction takes place.  Transitional arrangements for these licence holders will be advised shortly. ...

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20 June 2014

Steven Joyce | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson today announced the formation of the Screen Advisory Board. The Screen Advisory Board, announced by the Government in December 2013, will help the New Zealand screen sector create the skills and connections to be able to generate their own intellectual property, compete internationally and attract overseas finance. ...

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19 June 2014

Amy Adams | Communications and Information Technology

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams today announced the auction of the 700 MHz band of radio spectrum has now been completed, with specific frequencies assigned to successful bidders Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees. The assignment auction was the final phase of the auction, held to determine the exact positions (frequencies) that each bidder will acquire in the 700 MHz band.  ...

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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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