News from Around MBIE
New Zealand businesses can avoid skills shortages if they plan ahead, new research has found.
The Ministry is proposing significant change to the health and safety regulations for mining in order to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission of the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals welcomes the release of the first systematic GIS-based compilation and interpretation of geological data, leading to improved understanding of the structure and distribution of sedimentary basins in the New Zealand region.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has declined more than 50 applications from India for permanent residence after discovering that they were submitted through an unlicensed immigration adviser.
Regulatory impact statements relating to the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill have been published on the Ministry’s Economic Development website.
Online job vacancies increased in April following a fall in March, according to the latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Expenditure by Chinese visitors to New Zealand continues to grow, according to the latest International Visitor Survey produced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The 2013 ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition is now open, giving Kiwi entrepreneurs the chance to develop an effective business plan and win some fantastic prizes.
Latest clarifications and updates to the guidance Repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquakes
These updates are aimed at professional engineers and others implementing the guidance and should be read in conjunction with the guidance itself.
Craggy Range vineyard in Martinborough has been fined $36,000 after a contract worker was injured in a quad bike accident on 12 May last year.
Applications are now open for the annual Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships.
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals, a branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, will host the Advantage NZ: 2013 Petroleum Conference. The conference will run across three days, from today, Monday 29 April, to Wednesday 1 May.
New Zealand and Australia have agreed to align the management of an offshore network of panel physicians to improve the quality of health examinations visa applicants receive.
At the Greymouth District Court this afternoon, Judge Jane Farish convicted Pike River Coal Ltd (In Receivership) on all nine charges laid by the former Department of Labour.
Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail has been recognised as one of the best cycle trails in the world.
Online job vacancies decreased in March following a fall in February, according to the latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Royal Commission of inquiry into building failure caused by the Canterbury earthquakes: Final recommendations
The Government's formal response to the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission, released today, sets out a large and critically important work programme for MBIE.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Chief Executive David Smol today released the findings and recommendations of the independent investigation he commissioned following the report of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and Air New Zealand have reached an agreement to make it easier for high-value Chinese tourists to visit New Zealand.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) welcomes the release of a report on the China visitor market by the Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key.
New Zealand has secured ticket contracts from Japan and the Netherlands to help meet its international oil stockholding obligations for 2013-2014.
An agreement to make it easier for high-value, low-risk Chinese tourists to visit New Zealand is being hailed a success by the head of Immigration New Zealand (INZ).
Auckland is New Zealand’s dominant economic centre, leading national population and productivity growth.
Online job vacancies decreased in February following a rise in January, according to the latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Citizens of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu are encouraged to register for this year’s Samoa Quota and Pacific Access Category from 1 to 30 April 2013.
The 12th annual Migration Trends and Outlook report shows that India has overtaken the United Kingdom to become the largest source country of skilled migrants to New Zealand.
Dunedin fence post producer Juro Corporation Limited (JCL), trading as Great Southern – Milton, has been fined $52,550 and ordered to pay reparations of $40,000 after an accident which resulted in a worker losing his leg.
Two companies have today been fined a total of $29,800 after an 18 year old industrial abseiling window cleaner fell 15 metres suffering serious injuries.
Independent research reports on lifting New Zealand and Auckland’s international competitiveness have been posted on our website.
The Minister for Building and Construction Hon Maurice Williamson has announced the winners of stage one of Christchurch urban design competition ‘Breathe’.
The latest Business Growth Agenda progress report, Building Capital Markets, outlines 50 initiatives to strengthen New Zealand’s capital markets so they can support businesses to grow and create jobs.
The Government is to establish a new, stand-alone workplace health and safety agency to significantly improve New Zealand’s workplace health and safety record.
The Nga Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trail website has been given a fresh new look and enhanced user experience.
Online job vacancies increased in January following two consecutive falls in November and December, according to the latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
A Mangawhai-based marine engineering company has today been fined following a boat explosion which left a customer, a contractor and company director injured in January last year.
A North Island pulpmill has been fined nearly $50,000 after a serious fall from height at its Tangiwai site left a worker seriously injured and in a wheelchair.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) accepts the Deputy Auditor-General’s findings that some processes used by the former Ministry of Economic Development (MED) to seek expressions of interest in building an international convention centre did not meet best practice procurement standards.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s quarterly International Visitor Survey, released today, shows a six per cent drop in spending by international visitors since 2011.
A Djibouti couple who obtained residence in New Zealand by providing fraudulent information to Immigration New Zealand now face possible deportation.
The Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today launched the Occupation Outlook Report by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) which examines 40 selected occupations to help students and parents better understand what jobs are needed in New Zealand.
Almost 60 entries, many from overseas, have been received for stage one of ‘Breathe', a competition to design and build a new housing complex in central Christchurch.
Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Gillard have announced joint action to address the high cost of mobile roaming rates between the two countries.
A worker’s five-and-a-half metre fall at work, which resulted in a broken pelvis and facial injuries, has resulted in Wellington company Ebert Construction Limited being fined $33,750 and being ordered to pay $29,000 in reparations to the worker.
A woman who took cash from people and falsely promised them jobs was sentenced today to 10 months home detention and ordered to pay $70,630 reparation to 16 victims.
The Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre (TOPEC) has been charged over the August 2012 Paritutu Rock incident in which three people died.
The New Zealand Cycle Trail Establishment Advisory Board that has been set up to oversee the transition of the Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail, to a new governance entity, met for the first time last month.
New research shows that farmers are making positive changes to reduce their chances of having a quad bike accident.
Callaghan Innovation was established on 1 February 2013. It takes over the current role of Industrial Research Limited, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s business investment team and the Auckland Foodbowl.
Two British citizens have been jailed for fraudulently obtaining UK passports and subsequent applications for entry to New Zealand.
A power plug adaptor has been banned in New Zealand after complaints that the devices fall apart, exposing people to the risk of electrocution.
With New Zealand having one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, people who work outdoors are being reminded to protect themselves as they have a higher risk of developing skin cancers.
The sentencing of a contractor in the horticulture industry for hiring unlawful migrant workers who were all paid below the minimum wage sends a strong message to employers who may contemplate employing migrants who are not entitled to work in New Zealand.
The first occupational agricultural death in 2013 has the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Federated Farmers asking farmers to put safety first in 2013 to bring down the farm toll.
Online job vacancies decreased further in December following a fall in November, according to the latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Two workplace deaths late last year involving tractors has prompted the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to remind farmers of the importance of keeping themselves safe.
Last year health and safety inspectors issued over 1,000 notices and written warnings to construction companies performing work at height unsafely.
With the number of people employed in temporary work during the summer holidays, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is reminding employees to be aware of their rights.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is working with forest owners and workers to introduce the recently released Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Forest Operations.
The work of Immigration New Zealand’s Border Operations team is showcased in the Year at the Border annual report, which features some fascinating facts and figures.
Farmers are being warned to keep themselves safe this summer – a time when more fatal accidents can occur.