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Building Consent costs set to reduce 16 December 2019

MBIE has announced that the Building Levy rate will reduce by 13 percent, meaning homeowners will soon see a drop in building consent costs.

Reduced hydro generation impacts on renewable share 12 December 2019

Reduced inflows into North Island hydro schemes contributed to a decline in the share of electricity generated from renewable sources in the third quarter of 2019, according to the New Zealand Energy Quarterly released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

New Zealand has ratified the ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labour 12 December 2019

The Government has announced that New Zealand has ratified the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Protocol on Forced Labour.

Giving a $13.3 million boost to support a thriving and sustainable tourism across New Zealand 09 December 2019

The Government has announced the funding recipients from round 4 of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Have your say on new country of origin food labelling requirements 09 December 2019

Consultation is now open on a draft consumer information standard that will allow consumers to have more information about where their food originated.

Government responds to market study into retail fuel 05 December 2019

The Government has responded to the Commerce Commission’s retail fuel sector market study. The Commission studied factors that may affect competition in New Zealand’s retail fuel market, and made recommendations aimed at improving competition, and outcomes for consumers, in the fuel sector.

Winning Kiwi school pupils dream up an inspiring future in space 04 December 2019

New entrant pupils in Room 3 at Hope School in the Tasman District have won an online meet and greet with a NASA astronaut after dreaming up a creative entry to the New Zealand Space Agency’s ‘Message to the Future’ competition.

Enabling small businesses to grow and prosper 04 December 2019

The Government is backing the recommendations in the Small Business Council’s Strategy and has unveiled 3 initiatives to begin implementing.

A new approach to New Zealand’s Plant Variety Rights regime 29 November 2019

The government has agreed a new approach to New Zealand’s Plant Variety Rights (PVR) regime. These proposals meet our commitments to Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi while also aligning with the highest international standards of plant variety rights protection.

Technology pilots to support responsible camping this summer 29 November 2019

Technology will play a part in managing responsible camping this summer, the government has announced.