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Anderton's Enews - Covering 4 to 26 March 2004

Anderton's Enews - Covering 4 to 26 March 2004

Dear readers

Welcome to this edition of my Enews.

March has been a very busy month for economic development. I have recently announced a new major regional initiative for the Wanganui / Rangitikei / Ruapehu district where they have chosen to develop their tourism potential, primarily by creating a tourist route through their major townships. I also opened the Marlborough Wine Research Centre.

On top of these major regional initiatives, I was pleased to be able to announce a plan to assist the businesses affected by the February floods in the lower North Island . Already some of the businesses affected are getting help from our agencies on the ground and NZ Trade and Enterprise staff will be contacting businesses personally to find out what their concerns and needs are for the short and medium term future.

The most concerning international news of the month has been the Madrid bombings. The government expressed its deepest sympathy for the families of those killed and injured. It was moving to see the people of Spain band together to hold huge demonstrations against terrorism after the tragedy. Our concerns about such terrorist acts continue and you will see below that we have recently recommitted our support to the anti-terrorist work in Afghanistan and deployed additional defence force personnel to the region.

Our work to reduce the amount of illicit drugs in the community also continues. In recent weeks the Labour Progressive coalition government has announced its intention to pursue a civil forfeiture regime, meaning that the police would have greater powers to seize any assets gained from criminal activity. Currently it is hard to target the big organisers of crime who keep themselves at arms length but still profit from criminal activity.

Finally, there have been more gains made in line with Progressive Party policies such as: a huge boost to literacy programmes; the introduction of a world leading problem gambling strategy; cost of living adjustments for beneficiaries; and an extension of the paid parental leave programme. See below for more information on all these issues.

Warmest regards

Jim Anderton MP for Wigram and Progressive Leader Minister for Economic, Industry & Regional Development Associate Minister of Health


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 25 March 2004

Centre for Advanced Government ICT Applications - Hon Trevor Mallard The proposal to create a 'Centre for Advanced Government ICT Applications' by the Information and Technology Association of New Zealand (ITANZ) was today acknowledged by State Services Minister Trevor Mallard, and Associate Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe.

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25 March 2004

Trans-Tasman forest research deal strengthens global capability - Hon Pete Hodgson Joint statement with Hon Peter McGauran, Australian Government Minister for Science Minister for Research, Science and Technology Pete Hodgson and the Australian Government's Minister for Science, Hon. Peter McGauran, are pleased to announce today the formation of a major joint venture in trans-Tasman forest industry research and development.

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22 March 2004

Robust copyright system important for NZ music - Hon Judith Tizard The government is committed to maintaining a robust copyright system and to continuing its support for the outstanding achievements of New Zealand's music industry, Associate Commerce Minister Judith Tizard said today.

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21 March 2004

Major tourism initiative for Wanganui / Rangitikei / Ruapehu - Hon Jim Anderton The Wanganui/Rangitikei/Ruapehu region is set to receive $2million from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise 's Regional Partnership Programme to develop and promote the region's wealth of tourism attractions, Minister of Economic, Industry and Regional Development Jim Anderton and regional mayors announced today.

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18 March 2004

Government funds research on economic effects of floods - Hon Jim Anderton Regional efforts to assess the economic impact of February's crippling> North Island floods are to receive support from the Ministry of Economic Development, Minister for Regional Development, Jim Anderton announced today.

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18 March 2004

Anderton launches Marlborough Wine Research Centre - Hon Jim Anderton The Marlborough Wine Research Centre will be launched today by Minister of Economic Development, Jim Anderton and local dignitaries.

Speech notes here.

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17 March 2004

Govt flood recovery spending expected to cost about $130 million - Rt. Hon Helen Clark Recovery Expenditure - Floods Feb 2003.doc (29 k)

Prime Minister Helen Clark, Agricultural Minister Jim Sutton and Civil Defence Minister George Hawkins today announced details of a purpose-designed package for those affected by the February floods .

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16 March 2004

World class standards help us compete - Hon Jim Anderton Benchmarking is an important issue for economic development because it is about understanding both what it takes to be the best in your field, and what it means to be a world class performer, Jim Anderton said at the 'Benchmarking for Best Practice' conference in Auckland today. Speech notes here.

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16 March 2004

New Zealand tourism management recognised as world class - Hon Mark Burton Minister of Tourism Mark Burton is today congratulating the New Zealand tourism sector for once again being honoured as world leaders.

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15 March 2004

Creativity and innovation tranforming our economy - Hon Jim Anderton Economic development, using creativity and innovation is transforming New Zealand into a high wage, high skill economy said Jim Anderton today in a speech to the EDANZ (Economic Development Association of New Zealand) conference in Wellington. Speech notes here.

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11 March 2004

Anderton talks on innovation, international connections at APEC meeting - Hon Jim Anderton Speech to APEC ConnectionNZ meeting in Christchurch The original owner of this beautiful house was Sir Heaton Rhodes. Rhodes was born in 1861. Like a lot of successful New Zealanders, he had a habit of trying his hand at a wide range of skills, with considerable success.

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09 March 2004

Paid Parental Leave increases good for families and business - Hon Jim Anderton The extention of the Paid Parental Leave scheme is not only good for parents, but can also help businesses with recruitment and retention says Minister of Economic Development, Jim Anderton today.

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08 March 2004

Rodney district economic development lunch - Hon Jim Anderton It's hard not to be impressed with the rate of growth around the> Rodney District . I know it brings its own challenges. But in many ways, the speed of Rodney's growth is something of an example to the rest of> New Zealand .

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08 March 2004

Anderton opens new factory building Charles Parsons Avondale - Hon Jim Anderton One of the real pleasures of my job is the opportunity to see and spend time with some of the successful business growing around New Zealand .

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05 March 2004

Boosting workplace productivity - working smarter - Hon Paul Swain The Labour Minister Paul Swain has announced the establishment of a Workplace Productivity Working Group (WPWG) to advise the government.

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ARTS AND CULTURE 26 March 2004

Maori TV at your place - Hon Parekura Horomia The launch of the Maori Television Service this Sunday (28th March)will be an historical event for all New Zealanders according to Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia.

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DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS 26 March 2004

More veterans to Monte Cassino - Rt. Hon Helen Clark Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that a ballot had been conducted to select veterans to join the official delegation that will travel to Italy on an RNZAF Boeing to attend the 60th commemorations of the Battle of Monte Cassino.

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12 March 2004

NZ expresses sympathy for Madrid bombing victims - Hon Phil Goff The government has expressed its deep sympathy on behalf of all New Zealanders to the families of those killed and injured as a result of the terrorist bombings in Madrid, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today.

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12 March 2004

NZ funds for campaign against nuclear terrorism - Hon Marian Hobbs New Zealand is contributing a further $20,000 to the Nuclear Security Fund of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to help fight the possibility of nuclear terrorism, Disarmament and Arms Control Minister, Marian Hobbs, said today.

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11 March 2004

PM welcomes defence personnel home - Rt. Hon Helen Clark Prime Minister Helen Clark travels to Ohakea this evening to welcome home the New Zealand Defence Force Engineering Group which has been in Basra , in southern Iraq , for the last six months.

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08 March 2004

Further NZ contribution to Afghanistan, international campaign against terrorism - Rt. Hon Helen Clark Defence - enduring freedom deployment-QA.doc (30 k)

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton today announced the deployment of additional New Zealand Defence Force personnel to Afghanistan and the Gulf region.

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DRUGS and CRIME 25 March 2004

North Island gains 61 new constables, South Island 13 - Hon George Hawkins Of the 74 new constables graduating today from Wing 216 at the Porirua Police College , 61 are bound for the North Island and 13 are headed for police districts in the South Island .

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17 March 2004

Government seeks to add civil forfeiture in war on drugs - Hon Jim Anderton Progressive leader Jim Anderton says he hopes the coalition government's direction in relation to the proceeds of crime will be supported by a very large majority in Parliament.

Also see Phil Goff's statement here.

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16 March 2004

Helensville community action to fight drugs - Hon Jim Anderton Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton said today that Helensville has been selected as the site for a Community Action on Youth & Drugs or CAYAD project to combat illicit drug use

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16 March 2004

Anderton address to first national CAYAD hui, Auckland - Hon Jim Anderton I have looked forward to meeting you all in person and extend a warm welcome to you in joining the Community Action on Youth & Drugs project to combat illicit drug use.

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09 March 2004

Once Were Warriors stage show a powerful performance - Hon Jim Anderton Jim Moriarty's stage show 'Once Were Warriors' has been highly acclaimed by Progressive Leader Jim Anderton today. He wants everyone to know about this powerful performance after seeing the show in Christchurch on opening night.

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09 March 2004

Tougher laws driving up prison population - Hon Phil Goff Tougher sentencing and parole laws enacted by the government in 2002 will see New Zealand 's prison population increase by over 20 percent in the next seven years, Justice Minister Phil Goff said today.

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08 March 2004

Crime rate falling - Hon George Hawkins "For too long people have been under the belief that New Zealand's overall recorded crime rate is rising when in fact it's falling," Police Minister George Hawkins says.

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EDUCATION 23 March 2004

Thousands more students to benefit from literacy - Hon Trevor Mallard Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today a major extension of literacy programmes that will benefit thousands of students in primary and secondary schools around the country.

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16 March 2004

O'Connor says lift rural schools' funding - Hon Damien O'Connor Associate Rural Affairs Minister Damien O'Connor says he supports a needs review of rural schools because it could well lead to increased funding.

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HEALTH 24 March 2004

Government proposes problem gambling strategy - Hon Damien O'Connor The government's proposed problem gambling strategy has the potential to make New Zealand a world leader in addressing gambling harm, says Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor.

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21 March 2004

Anderton to Clubs NZ on smoking and gambling - Hon Jim Anderton Jim Anderton addresses Clubs NZ on smoking and gambling issues which will affect them in the near future.

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18 March 2004

Schizophrenia awareness week: launch of MindNZ site - Hon Jim Anderton MindNZ Breakfast for Schizophrenia Awareness Week When I look back at my own lifetime, it is hard for me not to feel a sense of significant achievement at how far we have come in raising public awareness about schizophrenia.

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POLITICS 25 March 2004

Terms of Reference:Review of Targeted Programmes - Hon Trevor Mallard Coordinating Minister, Race Relations Trevor Mallard today released the Terms of Reference for the government's review of targeted policy and programmes.

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24 March 2004

Anderton challenges Brash to debate Kiwibank sale - Hon Jim Anderton Don Brash would have to be blind deaf and dumb to really believe Kiwibank has not improved competition in the banking sector as he suggested on the Holmes Show last night, Jim Anderton said today.

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17 March 2004

Brash indulging in Kiwi bashing - Hon Phil Goff Foreign Minister Phil Goff today accused National Party leader Don Brash of bad-mouthing New Zealand to advance his own political ambitions.

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16 March 2004

ACT using Parliamentary funds to mislead public - Hon Jim Anderton ACT needs to clean up its game and stop using Parliamentary funds to mislead the public in their so-called 'surveys' to the householder Jim Anderton said today.

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09 March 2004

National should welcome 18 months of public scrutiny - Hon Jim Anderton National leader Don Brash should be welcoming the prospect of 18 long months to sell his message of asset sales, tax cuts for the rich and social division, Progressive leader Jim Anderton says.

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09 March 2004

Anderton warns against Muldoon style divisiveness - Hon Jim Anderton Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton says any repeat of National's divisive Muldoon-era risks New Zealand taking its eye off the urgent need to maintain economic development.

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SOCIAL SUPPORT 17 March 2004

Cost of living adjustment for beneficiaries - Hon Steve Maharey Benefit rates at 1 April 2004.doc (122 k)

Benefits, superannuation and student allowances will increase from 1 April 2004 and income thresholds for the Community Services Card will rise as part of the annual cost of living adjustment, Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey and Health Minister Annette King said today.

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08 March 2004

Government extends paid parental leave - Hon Ruth Dyson Prime Minister Helen Clark and Women's Affairs Minister Ruth Dyson announced today that the eligibility and duration of paid parental leave is to be extended.

ENDS

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