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4 February, 2016

Lyttelton Port development connecting NZ traders to the world

The redevelopment of the Lyttelton Port in Canterbury will play a significant role in the future economic growth and prosperity of the South Island by boosting jobs and trade, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee say.

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27 January, 2016

Infrastructure programme rich source of jobs

Figures released today show the Government’s infrastructure programme is a significant contributor to jobs across New Zealand, Finance Minister Bill English and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce say.

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20 January, 2016

Flag choices to fly on Auckland Harbour Bridge

Ministers Bill English and Simon Bridges have announced that the proposed alternative Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) flag will fly alongside the current New Zealand flag on the Auckland Harbour Bridge from Friday 22 January.

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17 December, 2015

Tourism, manufacturing drive economic growth

Solid economic growth in recent months confirms the Government’s programme of economic management is on track to deliver more jobs and ongoing wage rises for New Zealanders, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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15 December, 2015

New Zealand given historic opportunity to choose a flag

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says the confirmed results of the first flag referendum mean New Zealanders now have a clear choice whether to change our flag or keep our existing one.

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15 December, 2015

Govt finances reflect careful management

Treasury’s latest forecasts show ongoing improvement in the Government’s books – reflecting a continued focus on responsible fiscal management, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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11 December, 2015

Kiwis show strong interest in future flag

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says the preliminary results of the first referendum to decide on the future of the New Zealand flag show strong public interest.

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9 December, 2015

Data allows Govt to identify and protect at-risk youth

The Government is making good progress in providing better social services by publically releasing data which will assist its agencies – and the social sector - understand the needs of the most vulnerable New Zealanders, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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8 December, 2015

Guardians appointed to NZ Superannuation Board

Catherine Savage has been named as the Chair of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Board, replacing current Chair Gavin Walker, who has resigned, Finance Minister Bill English has announced.

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8 December, 2015

New Zealand formally joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

New Zealand has formally became a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Finance Minister Bill English says.

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3 December, 2015

Greater transparency in Govt fiscal data

Data released today by Treasury and Figure.NZ makes is even easier for the public to dig into the Crown’s books for details on its spending and revenue, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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30 November, 2015

Greater transparency for Govt investment projects

Finance Minister Bill English says the release of two reports today on its investment practices and the performance of its major investment projects provide an overview to the public for the first time.

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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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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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20 November, 2015

Voting opens to choose the future of NZ’s flag

Deputy Prime Minister, Bill English, is encouraging Kiwis to have their say on what New Zealand’s flag should look like.

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12 November, 2015

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank legislation passes third reading

Finance Minister Bill English today welcomed the passing of the International Finance Agreements Amendment Bill, which enables New Zealand to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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12 November, 2015

New Deputy Chair appointed to HNZC board

Executive Director of the Auckland Investment Office John Duncan has been appointed Deputy Chair of the Housing New Zealand Board, Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English announced today.

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3 November, 2015

Productivity Commission to examine new models of tertiary education

Finance Minister Bill English and Tertiary Education Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce have asked the Productivity Commission to review new and emerging models of tertiary education.

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1 November, 2015

Productivity Commission to examine urban planning rules

The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to review urban planning rules and processes, and identify the most appropriate system for land use allocation, Finance Minister Bill English 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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21 October, 2015

Proposed social housing transfers proceed to next phase

The proposed transfer of approximately 1,500 Housing NZ Corporation houses and tenancies in Tauranga and Invercargill to registered Community Housing Providers will shortly move to the next stage, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.

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20 October, 2015

Finance Minister to meet with Australian Treasurer

Finance Minister Bill English will travel to Sydney tomorrow to meet with new Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison.

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17 October, 2015

Data Futures group announced

Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss today named the working group responsible for leading the new Data Futures Partnership.

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15 October, 2015

New Zealand Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Today I want to talk to you about how we are going to continue to manage the books in the future – by understanding and addressing the drivers of demand for public services, and through better management of the Government’s assets.

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15 October, 2015

English commits to ongoing fiscal restraint

Slowing growth in the global economy highlights the need for ongoing fiscal restraint, Finance Minister Bill English said in a speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Wellington today.

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14 October, 2015

Government posts full year operating surplus

The Government has reported an operating surplus in the fiscal year that ended on 30 June, meeting a target set in 2011 following the Canterbury earthquakes and the international financial crisis, says Finance Minister Bill English.

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6 October, 2015

OECD releases full BEPS action plan

The OECD last night released its final package of actions to address base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The Minister of Finance Bill English, and Minister of Revenue, Todd McClay say that the plan, representing two years of intensive work by the OECD and G20 nations will be a significant step forward in the fight against BEPS.

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5 October, 2015

Six banks awarded All-of-Government contracts

Minister of Finance Bill English and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that six banks have been awarded contracts for the supply of All-of-Government (AOG) banking services, with Westpac to provide the Crown Transactional Banking services.

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5 October, 2015

English to IMF and World Bank this week

Finance Minister Bill English leaves for Mexico City tomorrow before carrying on to Lima ahead of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group’s annual meetings in his capacity as a Governor of both institutions.

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29 September, 2015

Speech on Housing Affordability

I want to talk about the way that we approach economic policy in one area in particular – the housing market.

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