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27 August, 2015

Terms of Reference agreed for Auckland

The Government has today signed a Terms of Reference with Auckland Council, setting out how central and local government will work together to agree on an approach to develop the city’s transport system.

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27 August, 2015

First new houses at Fenchurch opened

A milestone in the first phase of the long-term plans of the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company (TRC) was reached today with Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith opening the first completed homes as part of the Fenchurch neighbourhood regeneration project at Glen Innes, Auckland.

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21 August, 2015

Young-Cooper named as new Housing NZ Chair

Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English has announced the appointment of Adrienne Young-Cooper as the Chair of Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC).

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20 August, 2015

Solid, sustainable growth as economy adjusts

Non-dairy export industries can expect a significant boost in returns in the wake of the fall in the value of the New Zealand dollar over the past year, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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20 August, 2015

Launch of the Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015

Meeting New Zealand’s infrastructure challenges over the next 30 years will require coordination across central government, local government and the private sector.

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20 August, 2015

Thirty Year Infrastructure Plan Released

The Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015 sets out New Zealand’s response to the infrastructure challenges we will face over the next three decades, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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13 August, 2015

New Zealanders have final say on national flag

New Zealanders will have their say in choosing the New Zealand flag after legislation enabling two postal referendums was endorsed by Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.

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13 August, 2015

Solid Energy into temporary voluntary administration

Placing Solid Energy into temporary voluntary administration gives the best chance to secure an ongoing future for the different parts of the business, Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprises Minister Todd McClay say.

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6 August, 2015

New Partnership to drive data innovation

New Zealand will gain significant economic and social benefits from the formation of the New Zealand Data Futures Partnership, Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss say.

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22 July, 2015

KiwiSaver membership grows to over 2,530,000

The number of KiwiSaver enrolments continues to rise in the over-18 year old target population, with an additional 11,656 members in the month of June, Finance Minister Bill English and Revenue Minister Todd McClay say.

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13 July, 2015

English to China this week

Finance Minister Bill English is undertaking a long-planned visit to China this week, focusing on the economic developments taking place in China’s inland regions and what this means for New Zealand.

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10 July, 2015

Dr Allan Freeth’s service to HNZC Board

Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English says the Government has appreciated the sound leadership and commitment of outgoing Housing New Zealand Corporation chair, Allan Freeth.

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8 July, 2015

Careful stewardship of spending pays dividends

The latest Crown accounts reinforce the benefits of the Government’s careful stewardship of its finances, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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6 July, 2015

Report card on Better Public Service targets published

More young people are achieving higher qualifications, welfare dependency continues to fall and Kiwis are doing more of their government transactions digitally, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Paula Bennett say.

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29 June, 2015

NZ signs up to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

New Zealand has formally become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at a signing ceremony in Beijing today, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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25 June, 2015

Annual John Howard Lecture to Menzies Research Centre

Thank you for inviting me tonight. It’s a pleasure to be here in Australia. What happens over here, and what people are thinking, affects New Zealand profoundly.

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18 June, 2015

Continued economic growth supports jobs, wages

New Zealand recorded another quarter of continued economic growth, confirming that the Government’s sensible economic programme is taking New Zealand in the right direction, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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17 June, 2015

Govt welcomes draft Productivity Commission report on housing

The Government welcomes the Productivity Commission’s draft report on using land for housing, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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15 June, 2015

NZ to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

New Zealand has agreed to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which is being established to invest in new infrastructure across Asia, Finance Minister Bill English and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully say.

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9 June, 2015

April surplus highlights volatility in fiscal numbers

The Government’s $448 million OBEGAL surplus in the 10 months to 30 April – around $1 billion better than the $555 million deficit forecast in the Budget – highlights the inherent volatility in monthly fiscal results, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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1 June, 2015

Budget 2015: Social bond to focus on mental health

New Zealand’s first social bond will aim to empower people with mental illness and support their families, Finance Minister Bill English and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman say.

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21 May, 2015

KiwiSaver $1,000 kick-start payment to cease

People enrolling in KiwiSaver from 2pm today will no longer receive a $1,000 kick-start payment, Finance Minister Bill English says. The change does not affect existing KiwiSaver members.

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21 May, 2015

Share offer funds support education, UFB, rail

Proceeds from the Government’s share offer programme provide a further $939 million of new capital investment in Budget 2015 without the need to borrow more from overseas lenders, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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21 May, 2015

Books in good shape as surplus nears

The Crown’s books are in good shape and on track to surplus as the Government maintains its careful and responsible management of public spending, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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21 May, 2015

Budget 2015: At a Glance

Budget 2015 delivers careful management of public spending, hand in hand with investment in public services.

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21 May, 2015

Budget Speech

It’s a privilege to present the National-led Government’s seventh Budget. New Zealand has come through significant challenges and is now a more confident and resilient country than it was seven years ago. Successive Budgets have sought to put New Zealand on a track to surplus and debt reduction, and as a result the Government’s books are in good shape.

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21 May, 2015

Help for families at heart of responsible Budget

A package of measures aimed at reducing hardship among children in New Zealand’s lowest-income households is at the heart of new spending announced in the Budget today, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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21 May, 2015

$790m package for children in poorest families

Budget 2015 includes a $790 million package to reduce hardship among children in New Zealand’s poorest families, as the next step in the Government’s commitment to address the long-term drivers of deprivation.

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17 May, 2015

Budget 2015: Extra property tax measures

The Government is taking extra steps to bolster the tax rules on property transactions – including those by overseas buyers - and to help Inland Revenue enforce them, Finance Minister Bill English and Revenue Minister Todd McClay say.

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11 May, 2015

Small deficit in Crown accounts to March

The Crown accounts for the nine months to March 31 posted a deficit of $358 million, smaller than the $1.2 billion deficit forecast by Treasury in December, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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