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Science and the plastics problem 15 January 2020

A short documentary by Shirley Horrocks focusing on plastics in New Zealand – the issue, facts and work being done to address and rethink our use of plastics.

Information about business support for Whakatāne released 23 December 2019

More detail about the business support for affected businesses in the aftermath of the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption in Whakatāne has been released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Feedback sought on renewable energy discussion document 20 December 2019

A range of policy options have been put forward to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy and reduce Aotearoa New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions in a discussion document released for consultation.

Policy Statement for Venture Capital Fund 19 December 2019

The Government issued the Venture Capital Fund Policy Statement on the 19th December 2019. It outlines the high level requirements for investments from the new $300m venture capital fund and gives effect to the Venture Capital Fund Act which was assented to on the 13th December 2019.

Fair Trading Amendment Bill introduced 19 December 2019

The Government has introduced a Fair Trading Amendment Bill to Parliament. The Bill provides new protections for businesses and consumers against unfair commercial practices.

PCE report response – joint media statement from MBIE, MfE and DOC 18 December 2019

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry for the Environment, and Department of Conservation, jointly welcome the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report into the environmental impacts of tourism.

Minimum wage to rise to $18.90 per hour 18 December 2019

The Government has today confirmed that the adult minimum wage will increase from $17.70 to $18.90 on 1 April 2020.

Retentions regime providing protection for subcontractors, but there’s more work to be done 17 December 2019

An independent review has found that most of the building and construction sector is complying with the retentions requirements, but there is more work to be done to ensure the protection of subcontractors.

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.