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UN General Assembly grants Observer Status to International Chamber of Commerce in historic decision

In an unprecedented move, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly has today granted Observer Status to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)—the world’s largest business organisation representing more than six million members in over 100 countries.

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Google will stop reading your email to help sell ads

27 June

The change announced Friday will end a practice that Google has embraced since the company introduced Gmail in 2004. The practice has raised concerns among privacy watchdogs and creeped out some users.

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McClay says time is right for trade deal with four amigos

27 June

Trade Minister Todd McClay says he believes the time is right to launch trade talks with Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia as part of the Government’s push for better access in Latin America.

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WannaCry cyberattacks are still happening. Just ask Honda.

23 June

It's not making as many headlines as a month ago, but the WannaCry worm is still crawling through the internet.

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Taranaki Region - NZTA

20 June

Please find below a link to our latest Taranaki webpage update.

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Government supports Z Energy recycling

20 June

Z Energy are installing new forecourt recycling facilities at 117 of their retail sites with a grant of $218,000 from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund.

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More investment in apprentices

20 June

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith and the Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston today announced a further increase in funding over the next four years to support work-based training.

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New campaign to educate on Consumer Guarantees Act

20 June

A new information programme has been launched to educate New Zealand businesses and consumers about their rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean says.

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Private sector expertise for Expo 2020 steering group

20 June

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced three senior appointments to oversee New Zealand’s involvement in Expo 2020, being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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New proposals to simplify personal income tax

19 June

The Government is proposing to make tax simpler for individuals, with people whose only income is from a salary, wages or investments no longer being required to file tax returns to receive tax refunds or to calculate any additional tax.

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McClay says United States open to FTA

18 June

Trade Minister Todd McClay says his visit to Washington for high-level trade talks with the Trump Administration has been a success and that the U.S. has indicated it is open to a free trade agreement (FTA) with New Zealand when the time is right.

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GDP underlines importance of economic focus

15 June 

GDP figures out this morning are a reminder of the importance of focusing on policies that create and sustain economic growth, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

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UFB phase one 75 per cent complete

13 June

More than three-quarters of the build for phase one of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme is complete, says Communications Minister Simon Bridges.

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Way to go, Waiokura

12 June

Latest results from a long-running scientific study strongly suggest Taranaki is taking the right approach to protecting and improving the quality of its rivers and streams.

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Early release of FTA scoping paper demonstrates ambition on trade

11 June

Trade Minister Todd McClay has released an information paper on the scope of the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and the European Union (EU) as the Government seeks to have 90 per cent of our goods trade covered by FTAs by 2030.

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New bill will protect public spaces and rights of citizens

8 June

National MP Jonathan Young’s bill strengthening the ability of local councils and authorities to more effectively manage live-in occupations on land administered by the council has been drawn from the ballot in Parliament today.

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$5.2m for 28 new tourism infrastructure projects

8 June

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has today announced $5.2 million in co-funding for sixteen councils around New Zealand. Councils from Queenstown to Whangarei will receive funding for 28 new tourism infrastructure projects that include include toilets, showers and parking facilities.

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International education growth continues

7 June

New Zealand’s international education industry grew six per cent to 131,609 student enrolments in 2016, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today.

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TRC meetings bulletin

6 June

Items of interest from today’s meetings of two of the Council’s key committees, Consents & Regulatory, and Policy & Planning...

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Combating protectionism and launch of EU negotiations high on McClay's Paris agenda

5 June

Trade Minister Todd McClay says the OECD Trade and Economic Ministers Council Meeting in Paris this week will be an important opportunity for New Zealand to show continued leadership on trade liberalisation.

 

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Small Business continue to drive economy

2 June

Small Business Minister Dean has today welcomed the release of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s 2017 Small Business factsheet.

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Trans-Tasman travel keeps trade with Australia flying high

2 June

Australia remained New Zealand’s top trading partner in the year ended March 2017, Stats NZ said today. Trans-Tasman travel was worth more than $2 billion each way, which means the trade ties with Australia were worth more than those with China.

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Budget 2017: Extra $6m to support communities

1 June

The Government will invest $6 million over four years to support prosperous and more resilient communities, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro says.

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New Plymouth Businesses Get Behind NPDC Central City Focus Area

30 May

Business and shop owners in New Plymouth are backing the NPDC’s campaign for a thriving Central City.

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Appointments support business growth and promotion

30 May

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Trade Minister Todd McClay have welcomed appointments and reappointments to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Board (NZTE) and the New Zealand Story Board (NZ Story Board).

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TSB Bank comes out on top in 2017 Canstar Blue Customer Satisfaction Survey

29 May

We’re thrilled to be recognized by Canstar Blue with the 2017 award for Overall Customer Satisfaction in banking.

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Increased investor confidence welcomed

29 May

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean today welcomed the Financial Markets Authority annual survey results which shows confidence in New Zealand’s financial markets rose nine per cent in 2016.

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Queen's Birthday means bird-day at Pukeiti

Children of any age can find out about all things avian by taking part in Pukeiti’s annual bird survey on Sunday (4 June).

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NZ Budget 2017 Video

25 May

Watch live as Finance Minister Steven Joyce reveals #NZBudget2017 - a Budget that's delivering for New Zealanders. Find out more at national.org.nz

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Budget 2017: Overview

25 May

Budget 2017 is a Budget that will deliver for New Zealanders.

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Which waves rock? It's worth speaking up

An online survey is giving Taranaki people a voice in crucial decisions about protection of the region’s renowned surf breaks – and the chance to win a $400 surf-shop voucher.

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Taranaki walk to support economic development

17 May

A $3.4 million investment into the Taranaki Crossing is part of the Government’s plan to boost growth in Taranaki, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say.

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Key transport project for Taranaki launched

17 May

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today officially launched the Awakino Gorge to Mount Messenger Programme in Mokau.

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Make a beeline for Hollard Gardens

15 May

Hollard Gardens at Kaponga will be abuzz on Sunday (21 May)

for a free public workshop covering the ins and outs of backyard beekeeping.

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Bill paves the way for better careers service

11 May

Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston has welcomed the passing of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill today.

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Budget 2017: $74.6m to further grow business R&D

10 May

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has today announced an additional $74.6 million in funding through the Innovative New Zealand programme in Budget 2017 to meet the growing demand for Callaghan Innovation’s research and development (R&D) Growth Grants.

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Highest ever percentage of women on state sector boards

8 May

Women’s Minister Paula Bennett has today announced that the Government has reached its target of appointing 45 per cent of women to state sector boards and committees, the highest percentage ever.

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Learn rose care the Tūpare way

Sharp tips for winter rose care will be on offer on Sunday (14 May) at a free public workshop at Tūpare, one of Taranaki’s premier heritage properties.

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Bustle predicted as plant orders roll in

Thousands of lush riparian plants are nearly ready for pick up and the Taranaki Regional Council is urging farmers to act quickly if they want a share of those which are as yet unordered this year.

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Bank wins Consumer NZ’s People’s Choice Award for the second year running

24 April 

TSB Bank has won the Consumer NZ People’s Choice award for Banking for the second year in a row.

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Customers at the heart of new role

18 April

Chris Dillon believes being a good listener is the key to building strong and beneficial relationships.

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Support for SH3 decisions

13 April

The announcement of key decisions on two major State Highway 3 projects is great news for Taranaki, says Regional Transport Committee chairman Craig Williamson.

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