Tag: New Zealand National Party

Upper Hutt Council TPP resolution very disappointing

Press Release – New Zealand National Party The decision by the Upper Hutt Council to declare itself a TPP Free Zone is very disappointing, says Chris Bishop, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley.Chris Bishop National List MP based in the Hutt Valley Media statement 26 February 2016 Upper Hutt Council TPP resolution very disappointing “The decision by the Upper Hutt Council to declare itself a ‘TPP Free Zone’ is very disappointing,” says Chris Bishop, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley. “While the resolution is of course legally meaningless – it sends totally the wrong message about Upper Hutt being ‘open for business’ and its desire to grow its economy to provide higher wages and jobs for Upper Hutt families. “The reality is that TPP will be good for Upper Hutt, opening up a market of 800 million consumers to Hutt exporters. In particular, the agreement will be great for awesome Upper Hutt craft beer brewers like Panhead and Kereru.” The TPP will eliminate all tariffs on beer in the following four markets (tariffs are already zero in the other TPP countries): Mexico: 20 per cent tariff eliminated immediately. Malaysia: 5 Malaysian Ringgit/litre (NZD$1.80/litre) tariff eliminated by Year 16. Peru: 9 per cent tariff eliminated by Year 6. Viet Nam: 23 per cent tariff eliminated by Year 11. “New Zealand has almost no beer exports at...

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TPP good news for Wellington and New Zealand

Press Release – New Zealand National Party 4 February 2016 Trans-Pacific Partnership good news for Wellington and New Zealand Today Paul Foster-Bell, the National List MP based in Wellington Central, welcomed the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement by Trade Minister Hon Todd … 4 February 2016 Trans-Pacific Partnership good news for Wellington and New Zealand Today Paul Foster-Bell, the National List MP based in Wellington Central, welcomed the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement by Trade Minister Hon Todd McClay and the other 11 counterpart trade ministers. This major agreement both protects and enhances New Zealand’s trading position within countries that hold a combined 36% of the world’s GDP. ‘This agreement is a great opportunity for Wellington businesses. I encourage them to seize upon the further opening of access to the world’s largest and most dynamic economies,’ said Foster-Bell. Wellington businesses will be able to take advantage of preferential access for our goods and services within the other 11 countries, with 93% of tariffs removed from these products and services allowing cheaper and fairer access. This also provides fairer competition in specific markets where New Zealand firms have previously been restricted from competing. ‘It is encouraging to note how many of our local businesses and organisations have reiterated their support of the agreement, including the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and various other business councils. This demonstrates their understanding...

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Hon Jo Goodhew: In Focus: 28 January 2016

Press Release – New Zealand National Party While away on holiday over the New Year period I spent time thinking about and planning for the year ahead. I also frequently checked on weather conditions for Canterbury, hoping that some much needed rain was falling.In Focus: 28 January 2016 Hon Jo Goodhew MP for Rangitata Drought still affecting Canterbury While away on holiday over the New Year period I spent time thinking about and planning for the year ahead. I also frequently checked on weather conditions for Canterbury, hoping that some much needed rain was falling. And while over the last couple of weeks there has been a good amount of rain, and some of the irrigators have had a break, it has not been enough to remove the necessity to extend the medium-scale drought event classification until the end of June. Marlborough, Canterbury and parts of Otago were originally classified as a medium-scale event on 12 February 2015 and have had insufficient rainfall for more than a year now. Farms really need good consistent follow-up rain to bring soil moisture levels closer to normal. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced an increase of $150,000 for the work of rural support trusts, almost a third of this for the North Canterbury region. The Year Ahead After spending some time talking with media before Christmas about the highlights and lowlights...

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In Focus: 16 December 2015

Press Release – New Zealand National Party The approaching end of any year always offers an opportunity to look back and take stock of the previous 12 months. This stocktake produces both a list of achievements and provides a reason for that end-of-year tiredness and anticipation of a summer …In Focus: 16 December 2015 Hon Jo Goodhew MP for Rangitata Looking Back and Taking Stock The approaching end of any year always offers an opportunity to look back and take stock of the previous 12 months. This stocktake produces both a list of achievements and provides a reason for that end-of-year tiredness and anticipation of a summer break. This last year has been no different from most for me in that it has been very busy. A look through my diary produces an overview of my year both in the electorate but also in Parliament and as a Minister. Electorate work has been as always a very satisfying part of my job as MP. I have attended numerous events throughout the electorate, many of which stood out as being special this year. These include celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Red Cross, the opening of the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, the opening of the EA Networks Centre in Ashburton, attending the Trustpower Community Awards in both Timaru and Ashburton, White Ribbon events, two Fire Service Gold Star...

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John Key: My personal highlights of the year for you

Column – New Zealand National Party As 2015 draws to a close, I thought Id update you on some of my personal highlights from this year. Its been another busy year:My personal highlights of the year for you As 2015 draws to a close, I thought I’d update you on some of my personal highlights from this year. It’s been another busy year: • We achieved our target of getting the Government’s books back into surplus. • Our free doctors’ visits and prescriptions for children aged under 13 and HomeStart programme to help first-home buyers came into effect. • We’re doing more to help children living in hardship, including increasing benefit rates for families with children by $25 a week – the first real increase in more than 40 years. • On a personal note, I was incredibly privileged to visit Gallipoli for the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC troops landing during World War I – a very moving and poignant moment. • Record numbers of tourists are visiting New Zealand and spending more than ever before – around $9.4 billion a year. • Our employment rate is high and wages are rising considerably faster than inflation. • We signed the Korean Free Trade Agreement and successfully concluded negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership – New Zealand’s biggest ever free trade deal – worth around $2.7...

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