Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Beehive Bulletin: for week ending Oct 11

Beehive Bulletin

For Week Ending Friday 11 October 2002


Also Available On-Line

Forum explores growth options

Ten cabinet ministers, led by Prime Minister Helen Clark, attended the Business Leaders-Government Forum at Parliament on Friday. The key theme was how to raise New Zealand's economic growth rate through innovation and improved productivity. It built on previous dialogue between the government and business. The 65 participants also included senior officials, and representatives of a cross-section of New Zealand's largest businesses, community and workforce representatives. The forum was hosted by the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board (GIAB) is hosting. The forum is the start of a range of activities that the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board, which was established this year to advise the Prime Minister on the evolution and implementation of the government's Growth and Innovation Framework.

Better transport in logging areas

Transport Minister Paul Swain has directed the board of Transfund New Zealand to provide Northland and East Cape with 100 per cent funding for land transport projects that assist in regional development. This is aimed at helping Northland and East Cape develop better transport links to cope with the 'wall of wood' due to be harvested. The minister's direction to Transfund applies to $30 million earmarked for transport-related regional development projects that was announced in February's Moving Forward package. Paul Swain said the direction requires Transfund to provide 100 per cent funding for regional development roads and alternatives to roading to the six councils in the East Cape and Northland regions. Transfund usually funds about half of a project's cost. The ministers said the spin-offs would be increased investment from forestry and transport companies in these regions and more jobs.

Govt agenda progresses in Parliament

A number of important government measures became law as Parliament sat under urgency this week. The Electronic Transactions Bill, which puts electronic transactions on the same legal footing as paper-based transactions, was passed on Thursday. The Minister for Information Technology, Paul Swain, said the Act would help reduce business compliance costs by allowing the use of electronic transactions and the electronic storage of information instead of paper-based processes. Parliament also passed new anti-terrorist legislation this week. Justice Minister Phil Goff said the laws would allow New Zealand to take every step it could against international terrorism, in line with United Nations conventions and Security Council resolutions. The rights of victims will be enshrined in law in legislation due to be passed shortly, Justice Minister Phil Goff said today. Another measure to be enacted was the Victims' Rights Bill, which ensure that the rights and needs of victims are recognized by the criminal justice system.

Govt moves to streamline GST treatment

Finance Minister Michael Cullen this week issued proposals for improving the GST treatment of financial services. Banks, credit unions, life insurers and other financial institutions would be treated more like other enterprises and allowed to recover GST on purchases related to the supply of their services to businesses, under the proposals. Michael Cullen said the simplicity of New Zealand's GST regime derives from its comprehensive coverage. However, when GST was introduced, it was decided that areas such as financial transactions could not be accommodated within normal GST rules, so they were made exempt. The minister said the exemption can penalise the finance sector because it can prevent them from claiming GST refunds. After consultations with the industry the government is now proposing to bring within the GST system financial services that are supplied to businesses.

Leaky buildings mediation on way

An expert group to establish a mediation service to help people seeking remedies for leaky buildings began work this week. Internal Affairs Minister George Hawkins announced last week that a mediation service would be established to examine the issue. The expert group will support Internal Affairs in developing a framework and terms of reference for the service. The systems, assessors, mediators and publicity necessary for the service to get underway will be put in place later this month. The group is being chaired by former State Services Commissioner Don Hunn. It also includes Tomas Kennedy-Grant, mediator, arbitrator and legal adviser; Ian Bond, engineer; Brian Roche of Price Waterhouse Coopers; and David Kernohan, an architect.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election