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  • PGF supports artificial intelligence and high end food development in Top of the South

     The Top of the South is set to benefit from Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) support for initiatives that include the establishment of an Artificial Intelligence Institute and a Food Factory for start-up food producers, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced in Nelson today.

     The investments totalling over $4.5 million are:

  • Tax treatment of land use payments clarified

    Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has announced his intention to introduce a legislative amendment to ensure that payments received by a land owner from the grant of a land right (such as a licence or a limited term easement) continue to be taxable.

    “Payments for the grant of a land right were always intended to be taxable income under current legislation. However doubts have been raised on the clarity of the legislation on this point.

  • Consultation opens on the public interest test for dumping and subsidy investigations

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is exploring an approach to aid in an objective and robust examination of the public interest test now required by the Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Act 1988 (the Act).

  • Consultation opens on the public interest test for dumping and subsidy investigations

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is exploring an approach to aid in an objective and robust examination of the public interest test now required by the Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Act 1988 (the Act).

  • Next steps for Auckland light rail

    The two preferred delivery partners for Auckland light rail have been chosen and a final decision on who will build this transformational infrastructure will be made early next year, Minister of Transport Phil Twyford announced.

    NZ Infra, a joint venture between the New Zealand Super Fund and Canada’s CDPQ Infra group, and the NZ Transport Agency, will further develop their proposals for Government to consider early next year.

  • New Zealand launches Pacific Defence Gender Network in Apia

    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has announced the launch of a Pacific Defence Gender Network to promote the meaningful participation of women in Pacific defence forces through annual seminars and increased collaboration.

    “The Network will promote gender equality in regional defence forces while encouraging men to become champions and advocates”, says Ron Mark.

  • Helping our cities grow up and out

    A new approach to urban planning designed to allow our cities to make room for growth has today been released by Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford and Environment Minister David Parker.

    “Our cities are failing. Restrictive planning is stopping our cities from growing, driving up the price of land and housing, and is one of the big drivers of the housing crisis,” Phil Twyford said.

  • Bill to allow licensed premises to stay open for Rugby World Cup matches to be introduced

    The Minister of Justice will introduce a bill to amend the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act to allow licensed premises to remain open for Rugby World Cup matches.

    “This will allow eligible licensed premises to open during the 2019 Rugby World Cup for the purpose of televising live games that fall outside of their usual trading hours,” Andrew Little says.

  • Government taking action to close gender pay gap

    Passing equal pay legislation, delivering record pay settlements for female dominated workforces and requiring public sector agencies to develop plans to close the gender pay gap are just some of the steps the Government is taking to ensure women are paid fairly says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter.

    Figures released today show the gender wage gap remained the same at 9.3% when measured on the median wage.

  • Independent election policy costing unit a step closer

    The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw.

    Cabinet has recommended that the independent Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) – Kaitiaki Kaupapa Rawa – is given the status of an Officer of Parliament.

  • Minister talks indigenous development in Australia

    Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta is travelling to Australia this month to exchange knowledge about how New Zealand supports indigenous development. 

    “This is an opportunity to strengthen the relationship with my Australian counterparts, explore indigenous relations between New Zealand and Australia and identify opportunities for collaboration in the future,” says Hon Nanaia Mahuta. 

  • Phishing emails claiming to be sent from MBIE

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) is aware of phishing emails that are claiming to be sent from MBIE and contain malicious software.

    The phishing emails use MBIE branding and currently include ‘Complaint Case’ at the beginning of the subject line. They encourage the recipient to open an attached PDF. When this document is opened, the malicious software is downloaded onto the recipient's computer.

  • Building on excellence in construction trades training

    A new centre of excellence for vocational education is to be established for the construction sector to drive innovation and strengthen links between education providers and industry, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

  • Interactive media a game changer for digital economy

    A new report has found interactive media is a $143 million industry and is one of the fastest growing parts of New Zealand’s digital economy.

    Interactive Aotearoa – Driving growth and wellbeing through interactive media was prepared by the New Zealand Game Developers Association with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and NZTech.

  • More measures to help those facing homelessness

    The Government has announced additional measures to prevent and reduce homelessness focused on ensuring at-risk individuals and whānau have access to stable housing and continue to stay housed.

    Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi, and Minister of Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies.

  • Virtual reality tool game changer for training New Zealanders on benefit

    Construction businesses in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development will start using virtual reality technology to prepare people for jobs in the industry, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today.

  • Kaikohe benefits from skills and employment boost

    The Kaikohe community is set to benefit from the establishment of a wide-ranging skills and employment programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.

    The Provincial Growth Fund will invest $3 million over three years in the Accelerating our Capability programme, which supports Kaikohe locals who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

  • Major boost for low emissions vehicles

    Low emission transport in New Zealand will receive its largest boost so far, Energy and Resources Minister Hon Megan Woods announced today.

    “Today I am announcing that 29 low-emissions vehicle projects are bring granted funding through the latest round of the Government’s Low Emission’s Vehicles Contestable Fund.

  • First urban growth partnership signed

    New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today.

  • New powerhouse of primary sector vocational education

    The primary sector has been named the first centre of excellence for vocational education, to drive innovation and strengthen links between education providers and industry, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

    The centre will be a prototype and is part of the wider reform of vocational education announced this month to address the mismatch between training provided and the needs of employers.

  • PGF invests in skills programmes for young Northland unemployed

    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $3.88 million in a range of digital, work and life skills training for young unemployed people in Northland, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today in Northland.

  • Growing Waikato with the PGF

    Waikato has been given a financial boost to help grow its economic performance, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced in Hamilton today.

    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $400,000 in Te Waka Waikato Economic Development Agency, to ensure it has the access to resources and systems for developing viable initiatives for consideration by the Provincial Growth Fund.

  • First IVL projects to support sustainable tourism and conservation

    A programme to build a skilled tourism workforce and a recovery plan for the critically endangered kākāpō are among the first projects to receive funding through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

  • Government moves to protect elite soils

    New Zealand’s most fertile and versatile land will be given new protection under proposals released today by Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. 

    “Our land is a precious taonga – an irreplaceable treasure and a source of life and wellness for our country,” Damien O’Connor said. 

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