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Business Recovery Grants for quake-affected businesses

Minister for Economic Development Simon Bridges has announced that the Business Recovery Grants programme for quake-affected businesses will be launched on 1 May.  The new one-million dollar grant programme...


Economic impact of Kaikōura quake revealed

Economic Development and Transport Minister Simon Bridges today released a Government commissioned report that assesses the economic impact of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. The report details the impact on...


Hemp seeds to be legalised as food

An agreement reached between New Zealand and Australian food safety authorities will see hemp seed legalised as food in New Zealand, Food Safety Minister David Bennett says.Ministers at the Australia...


TVNZ board appointments

Communications Minister Simon Bridges today announced a number of appointments to the Television New Zealand Ltd (TVNZ) board. Dame Therese Walsh has been appointed as the new Chair. Dame...


New hydrographic plan for New Zealand waters

Land Information Minister Mark Mitchell says a new hydrographic plan will help deliver benefits to New Zealand’s shipping and fishing industries, tourist operators, and marine scientists. “Today Land Information...


New net debt target of 10-15 per cent by 2025

The Government has set a new medium-term fiscal target of reducing net debt to between 10 and 15 per cent of GDP by 2025, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says....


Government to allocate $11b in new capital

The Government will allocate $11 billion in new capital infrastructure over the next four Budgets in addition to spending already included in agency baselines, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. “We...


Pre-Budget Speech 2017 to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Good afternoon. Thank you John and Peter and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Special guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. It’s a pleasure to be here. Budget 2017 is now just...


Budget funds crucial South Island Transport link

Minister of Transport Simon Bridges announced today that Budget 2017 will provide up to $812 million for reinstating State Highway 1 between Picton and Christchurch.“The Government’s priority is to restore...


Post-quake support for district councils

The government will provide $2.5 million in funding over three years to help three local councils affected by the November earthquake, Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced. “This...