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Update on COVID-19-related business relief measures 20 October 2020

Some of the temporary COVID-19-related relief measures introduced by the Government earlier this year have been extended, while others are no longer available or are soon to expire.

Consumer Travel Reimbursement Scheme opens to travel agencies and wholesalers 20 October 2020

From today, travel agents and wholesalers can make applications to the Consumer Travel Reimbursement Scheme established to support New Zealanders to get back money they are owed from cancelled overseas travel plans caused by COVID-19.

Home detention, community work, and large fine for company director providing unlicensed immigration advice 05 October 2020

An Auckland man has been fined and sentenced to six months home detention and 200 hours community work, and his company fined and ordered to repay victims for providing immigration advice without being licensed or exempt, and asking for or receiving a fee.

KiwiSaver default provider RFP opens 01 October 2020

The Government has today released the Request for Proposals (RFP) to appoint the next set of KiwiSaver default providers.

Applications open for Earthquake-prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme 28 September 2020

From today, owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings can apply for financial support to fix their homes.

Consultation opens on Block Offer 2020 25 September 2020

New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals has today initiated consultation with iwi and hapū on the proposed Block Offer 2020 release area for petroleum exploration permits.

Seasonal work visa available to more people 24 September 2020

The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in the horticulture and viticulture industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment.

More border exceptions for critical roles 24 September 2020

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators.

Update on Government response to Retirement Income Policy Review 16 September 2020

The Government planned responding to the retirement income policy review this year, but is taking further time to consider New Zealand’s retirement settings in light of the impacts of COVID-19.

$187 million for leading edge research 11 September 2020

The government has invested $187 million in 17 leading-edge research projects.