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First unlicensed builder prosecution under the Crimes Act 16 July 2019

For the first time since the introduction of the Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) scheme, an unlicensed builder has been prosecuted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment under the Crimes Act 1961.

Easing the impact of earthquake strengthening for provincial New Zealand 15 July 2019

A change to the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings (EPBs) will make it easier for EPB owners in small towns to undertake modest building work, without having to start seismic strengthening work at the same time.

NZ teachers go stratospheric on international high altitude plane, SOFIA 15 July 2019

Eight of the South Island’s most outstanding science teachers have been selected to fly on board NASA and German Aerospace Centre’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) while it operates out of Christchurch this winter.

We’re consulting on better regulations for working with plant, structures, working at heights and excavations 15 July 2019

A new discussion paper aimed at improving health and safety regulations for working with and around plant, structures, excavations and heights was launched today.

Government agency fleet CO2 emissions falling 15 July 2019

The first update of the Fleet Emissions Dashboard shows average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for each government agency’s fleet of light vehicles have decreased between April and July this year.

Improving access to the R&D Tax Incentive for firms in loss 12 July 2019

A new Bill could see a more comprehensive refundability policy apply to the Research and Development Tax Incentive scheme from the 2019/2020 tax year.

$12 million to improve visitor experiences across Aotearoa 12 July 2019

The government has announced the funding recipients from round three of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Over 120 standards used for Building Code compliance funded for free download 11 July 2019

Over 120 standards used for Building Code compliance funded for free download.

Kiwis turn to CERT NZ to help build resilience online 10 July 2019

Latest data from CERT NZ shows that Kiwis from all over the country continue to be affected by cyber security issues. The Quarter One report released today shows that almost 1,000 New Zealanders reported cyber security issues to CERT NZ in the three months to March 2019.

Second stage of consultation on NZ’s Plant Variety Rights regime is now open 09 July 2019

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today opened public consultation on an Options Paper for reforming New Zealand’s plant variety rights (PVR) law.