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Homer Tunnel upgrade: Jobs and improved safety

A Government investment of $25 million will create 180 jobs and improve the safety and resilience of the Homer Tunnel on the crucial State Highway 94 (The Milford Road) tourist route linking Te Anau and Piopiotahi Milford Sound, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones says. The multimillion-dollar investment from the Government’s rejuvenation package aimed at kick-starting the […]readmore

PGF supports four new visitor experience centres on the West

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing nearly $18 million in a region wide collaboration to connect the area’s tourist attractions located in Haast, Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced in Hokitika today. “The Te Ara Pounamu pathways project will receive $17.87 million to support the roll out […]readmore

Ministers welcome 100th rural mobile broadband tower

The 100th new rural mobile tower is up and operational in Gebbies Valley, outside Christchurch. “This is a significant milestone for the Government’s second phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI2), and is part of the important work Government is doing, together with the Rural Connectivity Group, to help connect rural communities in some of the […]readmore

Government makes further inroads on predatory lenders

Mobile traders and truck shops must adhere to responsible lending requirements Interest rate cap on high-cost loans Lenders prohibited from offering further credit to an applicant who has taken two high-cost loans in the past 90 days The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Kris Faafoi, has signalled an end is in sight for high-cost […]readmore

New Zealand condemns shocking attacks on hospital and funeral in

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand condemns the targeting of civilians in two terrorist attacks in Afghanistan earlier this week. “The terrorist attacks on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar province are deeply shocking. The attacks were deliberate and heinous acts of extreme violence targeting mothers, newborn babies, medical personnel, […]readmore

Christchurch Call makes significant progress

Significant progress has been delivered in the year since the Christchurch Call to Action brought governments and tech companies together in Paris with a single goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardent says. On its first anniversary, Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron as the founding leaders have reaffirmed […]readmore

Pay increases for lowest paid teachers

Budget 2020 provides a $151.1 million funding boost over four years for early learning services to improve the pay of up to 17,000 qualified teachers working in education and care services. A significant pay gap between early childhood education (ECE) centre teachers and other teachers in schools and kindergartens has built up over time. The […]readmore

Additional supports for frontline health and disability workers announced on

Temporary accommodation for health and disability workers living with a vulnerable person ·         Phone counselling service for frontline workers ·         0800 COVID-19 clinical advice number Three initiatives to support the health and disability workforce through accommodation, mental health support and access to specialist clinical advice on COVID-19 were announced on International Nurses Day today by Health Minister […]readmore

Covid-19 response: New legal framework as move to Alert Level

A new law providing a legal framework for Covid-19 Alert Level 2 will be introduced and debated next week. “The changes will ensure that controls on gatherings of people and physical distancing are still enforceable,” Attorney-General David Parker said. Enforceability to date has relied on the Epidemic Notice, the Health Act and the Civil Defence […]readmore

Responding, Recovering and Rebuilding

Introduction Kia ora koutou katoa, Thank you to John Milford and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce team for hosting this event today. I know it must have been difficult pulling together an event in circumstances such as these, not least because your guest speaker is in a different part of town than you are. But […]readmore