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20 February 2014

Amy Adams | Communications and Information Technology

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has welcomed news that Telecom will launch a new internet-delivered television and movie service. “This is one of the early signs that the market understands the new opportunities that will be available under the Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative,” Ms Adams says. “The announcement from Telecom, which is changing its name to Spark, is an example of the sort of innovate approach I expect to see as UFB is rolled out around the country. ...

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20 February 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

Commerce Minister Craig Foss has welcomed a Commerce Commission investigation into alleged anti-competitive conduct in the New Zealand supermarket sector. “Concerning allegations have been made against a major New Zealand supermarket chain. Given the nature of these allegations I believe it is appropriate that the Commerce Commission formally investigates,” says Mr Foss. ...

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18 February 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges leaves tonight for Norway, the United States and Canada to meet ministerial counterparts and industry experts. Discussions will focus on the latest developments in petroleum regulatory systems for health and safety and the environment, as well as issues and challenges facing the global energy market. Mr Bridges will also be promoting New Zealand as an energy exploration and production destination and fostering bilateral energy relationships with key partners. ...

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17 February 2014

Todd McClay | Tourism

Thank you Mai Chen for the introduction and thank you also to the New Zealand Asian Leaders organisation for inviting me here to speak at the inaugural Asian Leaders Forum. While I have only recently been appointed in the role of Associate Minister of Tourism, I have been the MP for Rotorua since 2008 so I am well aware of the value of tourism and the increasing opportunities that Asia presents. I would like to talk briefly about these today.  ...

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16 February 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

The Green Party's belief in their ability to make money magically appear seems to have no limits says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges. "The Greens’ solar power policy creates low interest loans that make expensive solar power suddenly a cheaper option for kiwi families, with ‘apparently’ no government subsidy involved. "I have news for the Greens — if it’s a lower interest rate than normal, it must involve a government subsidy. And if it makes the cost of solar power cheaper for families than existing power options it also must involve a subsidy. ...

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13 February 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced the appointment of Graeme Mitchell as Chair of the External Reporting Board (XRB) for a five year term. “Graeme Mitchell is currently deputy Chair of the XRB. He has significant governance experience and a comprehensive understanding of financial reporting for a range of entities in both the private and public sectors,” says Mr Foss. Mr Mitchell replaces Kevin Simpkins whose appointment term expires on 28 February 2014. ...

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12 February 2014

Amy Adams | Communications and Information Technology

More than a quarter of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband project has been completed, Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has announced. Ms Adams has today released the latest quarterly report on the Government’s ultra-fast broadband and rural broadband programmes. Over the three months to 31 December 2013, a further 40,630 end users gained access to fibre. ...

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10 February 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the establishment of a New Zealand Smart Grid Forum to advance the development of smart electricity networks in New Zealand. “Emerging technologies will make different demands on the electricity systems of the future,” Mr Bridges says. “Smarter electricity networks will be needed, capable of transferring energy between a more diverse range of generators and consumers, while balancing demand and supply. ...

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4 February 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is urging Northland iwi and community leaders to endorse and encourage resource opportunities that will create jobs and boost economic growth in the region. It follows comments from a spokesperson for one Ngapuhi hapu on Radio New Zealand and in Mining Australia magazine that Ngapuhi miners working in Australia wouldn't be welcome home if they return to work in mining exploration in Northland. ...

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29 January 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

David Cunliffe needs to answer seven crucial questions at his photo-opportunity today if he is to start the year with any credibility at all with New Zealanders, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says. ...

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