Site Updates - beehive.govt.nz - 23 Nov 2012
• Canterbury Skills And Employment Hub Opens
• Office strategy to save space equal to three Reserve Bank buildings
• Trade delegation to New Zealand led by Belgian Crown Prince
• Ban on the sale of unsafe multi-purpose ladders
• State highway safety improvements welcomed
• Two Ministries come together to help raise Pasifika achievement
• International recognition for LINZ Data Service
• More funding to support the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
• 2012 Rutherford Medal winner announced
• NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants Not-for-profit Special Interest Group
Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub opens
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 04:44 PM PST
Steven Joyce | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
The Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub is now open and available to help employers looking for workers for the Canterbury rebuild, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today. “The Hub is a business-friendly one-stop shop where employers can list vacancies and be matched up with jobseekers from Christchurch and elsewhere in New Zealand. It is aimed at ensuring employers can easily get the staff they need so there are no roadblocks to the rebuild,” Mr Joyce says. ...
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 04:30 PM PST
Jonathan Coleman | State Services
State Services Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says a new Public Service property strategy is likely to reduce the office space foot print in Wellington by the equivalent of three Reserve Bank buildings. Dr Coleman says Cabinet has approved the start of a centralised negotiation for future public service office space in the capital with accommodation leases due to expire for five large government agencies. The leases due to expire include the Ministries of Social Development, Health, Education and Business Innovation and Employment, and the Crown Law Office. ...
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 03:35 PM PST
Christopher Finlayson | Arts, Culture and Heritage
The Crown Prince of Belgium, HRH Prince Philippe, accompanied by the Belgian Defence Minister Pieter De Crem, will lead a business delegation to New Zealand from 27 to 29 November, Arts and Culture Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today. In addition to engaging in trade promotion, Prince Philippe will meet the Prime Minister and be guest of honour at a dinner hosted by the Governor-General Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae at Government House. ...
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 03:23 PM PST
Simon Bridges | Consumer Affairs
Consumer Affairs Minister Simon Bridges has announced a ban on multi-purpose ladders that do not meet Australia and New Zealand safety standards. The ban comes after an investigation by Consumer Affairs which found that multi-purpose ladders sold on Trade Me collapsed well below their advertised weight limit. “The metal in one of these ladders buckled and split, collapsing only seconds after a man climbed on it. The ladder was supposed to hold up to 150kg and the man was only 90kgs,” Mr Bridges says. ...
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 02:15 PM PST
Simon Bridges | Transport
Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed new risk-ratings that show significant improvements in the safety of New Zealand’s state highway network, at the launch of the latest KiwiRAP road assessment results today in the Bay of Plenty. KiwiRAP (New Zealand Road Assessment Programme) measures crash risk on nearly 11,000 kilometres of state highway, identifying high-risk roads to help target safety improvements. ...
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 02:11 PM PST
Steven Joyce | Education
A new initiative aimed at raising achievement among Pasifika students has been launched by the Government today in Auckland. The Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017, which has been developed by the Education and Pacific Island Affairs Ministries sets out how ministries can work together with other agencies, schools and communities to help raise achievement among Pasifika students. ...
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 01:27 PM PST
Maurice Williamson | Land Information
Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says the two accolades Land Information New Zealand won at the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards for its innovative LINZ Data Service is a great achievement. The awards were presented in Canberra last night. “Being named winner of the ‘Spatial Enablement’ category and the JK Barrie Award for Overall Excellence is recognition of the work Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has done to develop and implement the LINZ Data Service (LDS),” Mr Williamson says. ...
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 12:01 PM PST
John Key | Prime Minister
Prime Minister John Key has announced further funding to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal to support its work bringing the former leaders of the regime to justice. New Zealand will provide a further $200,000 to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, bringing the total contribution to NZ$1.2 million over six years. Mr Key made the announcement during a visit to the Tribunal in Phnom Penh yesterday. ...
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 02:00 AM PST
Steven Joyce | Science and Innovation
Professor Margaret Brimble has been announced the 2012 Rutherford Medal winner by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce. Professor Brimble, from Auckland University’s Department of Chemistry, was awarded the prestigious scientific honour during the New Zealand Research Honours Dinner at Auckland Museum tonight. A medicinal chemist, who designs new chemicals for the treatment of disease, she is being recognised for her world-leading contributions to the synthesis of bioactive natural products and novel peptides. ...
Posted: 19 Nov 2012 02:42 PM PST
Jo Goodhew | Community and Voluntary Sector
AXA Centre, Wellington Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Good evening everyone. Thank you for inviting me to join you in your end of year celebrations. It is a pleasure to be here today and to have the opportunity to address you as the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector. ...