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12 February, 2016

One week left to have your say on ETS Review

New Zealanders wanting to have their say on the future of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Review have one more week to make their views heard.

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11 February, 2016

21 months of consecutive guest night growth

Key figures released today show tourism is continuing to boom in almost every part of the country, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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5 February, 2016

ETS Review modelling documents released

Three technical documents are being released to help New Zealanders engage with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) review, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says.

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4 February, 2016

Cruise ship tourism in a league of its own

The decision by P&O Cruises to base a ship out of New Zealand is an endorsement of our growing cruise industry, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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25 January, 2016

Ensuring access to social housing is fair and reasonable

Changes announced last year to discourage people from refusing reasonable social housing offers come into effect from today. 

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22 January, 2016

Number on social housing register continues to decline

The December 2015 Social Housing Register shows that better understanding applicant’s particular needs is housing more vulnerable people, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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17 December, 2015

New hotel boosts regional economy

A new hotel opening in New Plymouth will create 70 jobs and support more tourism growth in the Taranaki region, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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17 December, 2015

New Zealand meets Kyoto climate target

Three reports released today show New Zealand met its target for reducing emissions under the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and is on track to meet its 2020 target, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says.

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16 December, 2015

New safe house to help family violence victims

A new safe house in Hamilton will help women and children escaping from family violence start to get back on their feet, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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15 December, 2015

Auckland’s social housing growth continues

Newly built social housing units in West Auckland will ensure more vulnerable people can access healthy, modern housing while they need it, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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14 December, 2015

Government and Salvation Army dedicate new social housing site

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett and Salvation Army Territorial Commander Commissioner Robert Donaldson have dedicated a new social housing site in Royal Oak, Auckland.

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8 December, 2015

Customer focus supports China tourism growth

Research released today focusing on Chinese visitors’ preferences will support further strong growth in the tourism sector, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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7 December, 2015

Government and Salvation Army providing more social housing in Auckland

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett and Salvation Army Territorial Commander Commissioner Robert Donaldson have announced the Government and The Salvation Army will work together to provide more social housing for vulnerable Aucklanders.

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7 December, 2015

Community and Government delivering more social housing

Community Housing Providers will deliver over 500 new social housing places in Auckland, well in excess of the 300 target, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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1 December, 2015

Bennett says ¡Hola! to Argentina

Promoting New Zealand as an outstanding tourist destination and stronger ties between nations is the focus of Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett’s visit to Argentina this week.

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28 November, 2015

Speech to the Habitat for Humanity Annual Conference

Speech to the Habitat for Humanity Annual Conference

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26 November, 2015

Ministers welcome 5000th Christchurch repair

The Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, along with Social Housing Minister, Paula Bennett, are welcoming news that the massive programme to repair 5000 earthquake-damaged social housing stock in Christchurch has been reached ahead of schedule.

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25 November, 2015

Overseas visitors vote with their wallets

New tourism figures out today show overseas visitors are voting with their wallets and endorsing New Zealand’s reputation as a world-class destination, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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25 November, 2015

Record low number of backroom bureaucrats

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says.

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24 November, 2015

Community housing sector continues to grow

Vulnerable New Zealanders are benefiting from continued growth in the community housing sector, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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21 November, 2015

Regions benefit from tourism boom

Figures out today show the positive impact tourism continues to have on regional economic growth, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

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20 November, 2015

EOI now open to Community Housing Providers

Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett are pleased to announce the Government is now taking Expressions of Interest from Community Housing Providers (CHPs) to transfer social housing in Invercargill and Tauranga.

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17 November, 2015

Pay equity meeting an important milestone

The first meeting of the Pay Equity Working Group is an important milestone in the work to deal with equal pay claims, Ministers Paula Bennett and Michael Woodhouse say.

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16 November, 2015

Multi-billion dollar bond listing a first for local government

Councils and New Zealand investors are big winners from the first multi-billion dollar local government bond listing, Ministers Paula Bennett and Paul Goldsmith say.

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9 November, 2015

Meth users stopping vulnerable from getting state homes

P-users are delaying vulnerable people from getting access to social housing and have forced Housing New Zealand to demolish 14 contaminated homes in three years, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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5 November, 2015

Social housing changes to house people sooner

Changes to discourage people from refusing reasonable social housing offers will help house vulnerable New Zealanders sooner, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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3 November, 2015

Legislation to help Councils plan for future

Giving councils greater flexibility to change their structures and coordinate infrastructure across a region will help ensure they are able to support future growth, Local Government Minister Paula Bennett says.

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30 October, 2015

New Zealand thrashes Australia

New Zealanders have beaten stiff competition from Australia, picking up multiple awards at a ceremony celebrating excellence in community housing this week.

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27 October, 2015

Bennett to speak at OECD meeting in Europe

State Services Minister Paula Bennett is in Finland and Sweden this week to attend meetings with Ministerial counterparts and present New Zealand’s perspective on providing better public services.

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22 October, 2015

Opening Community Housing Aotearoa’s 2015 Conference

Our social housing reforms are putting tenants and families first.

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