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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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5 June 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today announced a new study to evaluate opportunities for increasing investment, employment and incomes in the Bay of Plenty. ...

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5 June 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today released the 2014 Regional Economic Activity Report, which highlights the importance of the natural resources sector to New Zealand’s regional economies. The report, produced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, brings together comprehensive economic data on New Zealand’s 16 regions in one place. It also identifies specific initiatives under way in each region through the Government’s Business Growth Agenda. It is the second report in an annual series. ...

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4 June 2014

Todd McClay | Tourism

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. Firstly I just want to acknowledge TIA Chairman Grant Lilly, Terry Ngan and Stephen Hamilton from Horwath HTL, and Garth Simmons from Accor. I was pleased to accept the role as Associate Minister of Tourism when the Prime Minister gave it to me earlier this year. As MP for Rotorua, I have long been aware of the major role that tourism plays in the New Zealand economy. It is this Government’s ambition that tourism can make an even stronger contribution to New Zealand’s economic performance. ...

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4 June 2014

Amy Adams | Energy and Resources

Ministers today welcomed a report released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on oil and gas drilling. Environment Minister Amy Adams and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges say the Commissioner’s report is a useful contribution to the discussion on how best to manage the environmental effects of onshore petroleum development, including hydraulic fracturing. ...

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3 June 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today released a discussion paper seeking feedback on options for introducing a bounded public interest test into New Zealand’s anti-dumping regime. “The development of a public interest test is part of the Government’s on-going work to improve housing affordability.  It follows the removal of duties and tariffs on imported building material, as announced in the budget,” Mr Foss says. ...

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1 June 2014

Craig Foss | Consumer Affairs

Raising awareness of online scams is the key focus for this year’s Fraud Awareness Week, Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says. “Online scams are increasingly sophisticated and can fool even the most tech-savvy among us,” Mr Foss says.  “At any one time there are thousands of fraudsters online looking for victims using dating scams, fake job adverts, cloned Facebook profiles and bogus online trading sites. ...

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29 May 2014

Amy Adams | Communications and Information Technology

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams says 4G mobile technology is a step closer following the Commerce Commerce’s decision to grant Telecom clearance to acquire 2x20 MHz in the 700 MHz band. “Network operators can get on with building their 4G networks and providing consumers with world-class technology,” Ms Adams says. The 700 MHz band will be used for 4G-LTE networks, capable of mobile broadband data speeds up to ten times faster than current 3G networks. ...

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28 May 2014

Simon Bridges | Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges tonight congratulated the winners and finalists in the 2014 EECA Awards.  “The line-up of exciting projects at the EECA Awards tonight demonstrates that New Zealand businesses and community organisations are taking energy efficiency seriously – and the results are impressive,” Mr Bridges says.  ...

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27 May 2014

Craig Foss | Consumer Affairs

A Bill making the biggest changes to consumer credit legislation in more than a decade has passed its third reading in Parliament today, Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says. The Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill protects the interests of borrowers and requires lenders to act responsibly. ...

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