Tag: Transport

Kiwis reject the TPPA

Press Release – It’s Our Future Around 15,000 Kiwis marched down Queen Street today to protest against the signing of the TPPA. The march was loud, diverse, family-friendly, peaceful and passionate in its opposition to the TPPA.Media Release 4 February 2016 Kiwis reject the TPPA Around 15,000 Kiwis marched down Queen Street today to protest against the signing of the TPPA. The march was loud, diverse, family-friendly, peaceful and passionate in its opposition to the TPPA. The march was organised by It’s Our Future – Kiwis against the TPPA. Its spokesperson, Barry Coates said: “It was a huge march and we were thrilled that so many Kiwis came out, especially since it is a weekday, during a bus strike, and after government scare-mongering about law and order.” The marchers today weren’t a small segment of New Zealand society. They are a majority – public opinion polling says that most Kiwis oppose the TPPA. John Key’s arrogant dismissal of protesters as confused and misguided shows how out of touch he is with widespread concerns over the TPPA. “The problem for the Key government isn’t that members of the public don’t understand the TPPA; it’s that they do, and they don’t want it. Kiwis reject opening ourselves up to being sued by litigious foreign corporations, allowing them to challenge laws that are in the public interest” commented Barry Coates. The march...

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Lyttelton Port development connecting NZ traders to the world

Press Release – New Zealand Government The redevelopment of the Lyttelton Port in Canterbury will play a significant role in the future economic growth and prosperity of the South Island by boosting jobs and trade, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry …Hon Bill English Deputy Prime Minister Hon Gerry Brownlee Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery 4 February 2016 Media Statement Lyttelton Port development connecting NZ traders to the world The redevelopment of the Lyttelton Port in Canterbury will play a significant role in the future economic growth and prosperity of the South Island by boosting jobs and trade, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee say. On the same day trade ministers from around the world signed the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Mr English formally opened the Cashin Quay 2 Wharf, an $85 million expansion that will increase the Port’s ability to grow trade in the coming decades. Mr Brownlee, Speaker David Carter and other dignitaries joined the celebrations. “The TPPA opens New Zealand up to 800 million potential customers and covers 36 per cent of global GDP. The expansion of the Lyttelton Port means the business is well placed to take advantage of this trade deal. “Imports and exports coming though Lyttelton Port account for 56 per cent of the total volume coming into the South Island, helping cement the...

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PM’s Press Conference 26/1/16: TPP, Waitangi, Sheep

Article – Lyndon Hood Other commitments mean Prime Minister John Key’s first post-cabinet press conference for the year would be a short one. Before explaining this, Key showed willing by rattling through his summary of Cabinet discussions mostly a list of things the … PM’s Press Conference 26/1/16: TPP, Waitangi, Return of the Saudi Sheep Other commitments mean Prime Minister John Key’s first post-cabinet press conference for the year would be a short one. Before explaining this, Key showed willing by rattling through his summary of Cabinet discussions – mostly a list of things the Government will continue to do – like a man whose goal was to get through all the words as quickly as possible. Key will announce new infrastructure spending in Auckland tomorrow. He would not confirm the announcement would see rail loop spending brought forward. On the TPP trade agreement, which will be signed in Auckland next week, Key said ‘we won’t get rich selling to ourselves’ and it was ‘inconceivable’ would let itself be left out of such an agreement. On the earlier-than planned release of the National Interest Analysis he said “There’s been a lot of misinformation about TPP, we released a fair bit when we first announced the deal, we’ve released the text and the National Interest Analysis is just another step in that.” He maintained investor-state dispute mechanisms were there to...

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Joyce marks first Air NZ flight to Houston

Press Release – New Zealand Government Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves for the United States tomorrow on the inaugural Air New Zealand flight to Houston, Texas.HON STEVEN JOYCE Minister for Economic Development 14 December 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT Joyce marks first Air NZ flight to Houston Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves for the United States tomorrow on the inaugural Air New Zealand flight to Houston, Texas. “Houston is the fourth largest city in the US and a major airline hub for the southern and eastern United States,” says Mr Joyce. “It is hugely exciting to see our national carrier flying there and reaching into the middle of the continental US for the first time. “This new route will assist New Zealanders heading to the United States and provide a more direct link for millions of US citizens to visit New Zealand. “It will also open up more convenient air links to Central and South America as well as through to Europe, and will help to foster New Zealand’s connections globally. “New Zealand’s future economic success relies on us becoming ever-connected in a global world. This new service and others to Argentina and Vietnam help to strengthen the reach of New Zealand businesses right across the Asia-Pacific region.” While in Houston, Mr Joyce will attend portfolio-related meetings including a visit to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and...

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Top Ten Predictions 2016

Press Release – Colliers International In our 2016 predictions for New Zealands property market we discuss views on market demand, politics, planning, emerging investor groups, how the office, retail and industrial sectors will fair and our opinions on the ever popular residential, hotel …Top Ten Predictions 2016 In our 2016 predictions for New Zealand’s property market we discuss views on market demand, politics, planning, emerging investor groups, how the office, retail and industrial sectors will fair and our opinions on the ever popular residential, hotel and agribusiness and rural sectors. 1. Investment demand increases Post-GFC global economic and financial management by Reserve Bank governors has driven down cash and bond yields, propelling property to the forefront of decision making for ‘yield hungry’ investors. The low inflation, low interest rate environment with buoyant business activity has produced a ‘snowball effect’ on value growth that has picked up speed and will not slow down in 2016. Comment by Gareth Fraser, Director, Investment Sales: Demand for commercial investments and add-value opportunities continues to accelerate across Auckland. We are seeing unprecedented yields being achieved for investment grade properties in the commercial, industrial and retail sectors. Our auction clearance rate at 73% is at its highest level ever. Commercial investors continue to compete for properties and chase yield. This trend will only continue for 2016 given historically low interest rates. 2. Politics and planning...

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