Tag: Construction

James Shaw’s Commencement Debate Speech

Speech – Green Party Ki a koutou ku hoa Premata, huri noa i te Whare, ng mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa.Commencement Debate Speech James Shaw – 9th February 2016 E te Māngai o te Whare, tēnā koe. (Mr Speaker, greetings to you.) Ki a koutou ōku hoa Pāremata, huri noa i te Whare, ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa. (To all of you my Parliamentary friends, across the House, happy New Year.) Mr Speaker. Today, I want to talk about leadership and I want to start by talking about a subject that many National MPs will become very familiar with next year. I want to talk about retirement. Superannuation One of the big challenges the Government has promised they’re not going to fix is superannuation. Most of the people in this room know the numbers. In the next few decades our population will age and retire. Our tax revenues will go down because there will be fewer people working. Our healthcare costs will go up. And our superannuation commitments will double to $25 billion a year by 2028. We know that the Prime Minister is very relaxed about all of this. Nowadays he’s so relaxed I wonder if he’s got a special dispensation from the Associate Health Minister. Former Finance Minister Michael Cullen was not so relaxed. That’s why he set...

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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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Labour on right track with procurement policy

Press Release – Steel Construction New Zealand Labour on right track with procurement policy says steel industry Steel Construction New Zealand, the representative body for the countrys structural steel industry, has welcomed the Labour Partys government procurement policy announced today, …Labour on right track with procurement policy says steel industry Steel Construction New Zealand, the representative body for the country’s structural steel industry, has welcomed the Labour Party’s government procurement policy announced today, but says the key to its success will be in ensuring public sector agencies apply the policy when tendering contracts. Steel Construction New Zealand Manager Alistair Fussell says Labour is on the right track. “The structural steel industry will support any policy that benefits our industry and the economy as a whole, especially if it helps improve productivity and competitiveness, and creates more skilled jobs. We’re looking forward to seeing more detail, but it certainly seems Labour is adding more substance to the current framework, and that’s a very positive move.” Mr Fussell says the existing procurement framework, particularly the five Principles of Government Procurement, are not producing the desired outcomes. “For example the fourth Principle regarding balanced decision making is supposed to ensure agencies seek the best value for money over the lifetime of the goods or services, and make balanced decisions by considering the social, environmental and economic effects of the deal. “But there’s...

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Guy: Speech to Irrigation NZ conference

Speech – New Zealand Government Your conference theme is Securing the next generations future which is a very good vision. Tonight I want to say a few words on the importance of irrigation to New Zealands future, and what the Government and industry can do to …Nathan Guy 8 APRIL, 2014 Speech to Irrigation NZ conference Thanks for the invitation to say a few words tonight. Your conference theme is “Securing the next generation’s future” – which is a very good vision. Tonight I want to say a few words on the importance of irrigation to New Zealand’s future, and what the Government – and industry – can do to help it succeed. The potential of irrigation I’m sure I don’t need to remind this audience of how important the primary industries are to our country. They make up 72% of our exports and generate around $35 billion a year. They are the powerhouse of New Zealand’s economy, and they are largely underpinned by water. New Zealand is lucky to have a plentiful supply of freshwater. It drives our economy in the same way that minerals do for Australia and oil does for Saudi Arabia. Yet only about two per cent of the rainfall in New Zealand is stored for irrigation use, with the rest running out to sea. Clearly, we don’t have a shortage of water – we...

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