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/////////////////////////////////////////// Australia-New Zealand science and innovation agreement signed

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 06:35 PM PST

Paul Goldsmith | Science and Innovation

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed the signing of a ground breaking bilateral international science agreement between New Zealand and Australia at the Leaders meetings in Queenstown today.

The Australia - New Zealand Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement is a commitment to valuable collaboration across the innovation and science systems, and between researchers and innovative companies, on both sides of the Tasman.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Leaders talks cement trade relations, science agreement

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 06:30 PM PST

Bill English | Prime Minister

The annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders talks have taken the cooperation between our two countries forward in a number of areas, Prime Minister Bill English says. Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australias offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. "Australia is our closest friend and ally.

... read more This posting includes a media file: Statement - Leaders Meeting 17 February 2017.pdf

/////////////////////////////////////////// NZ to participate in Australasian satellite technology test-bed

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 06:17 PM PST

Simon Bridges | Economic Development

New Zealand will join Australia in a world-leading satellite technology test-bed, Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced in Queenstown today. The New Zealand and Australian Governments will be partners in a two-year trial of Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS), and an associated programme of trials. SBAS is expected to improve air navigation, smartphone-based services, asset management and precision agriculture, and is expected to be needed for the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Release of Draft Bill for new financial advice legislation

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 05:01 PM PST

Jacqui Dean | Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean has released an exposure draft of the Bill that will amend the regulation of financial advice in New Zealand. "The current regulation of financial advice is seen to be overly complex and has imposed regulatory barriers that are preventing people from receiving the advice they need, Ms Dean says.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// China and New Zealand discuss climate change

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 04:46 PM PST

Paula Bennett | Climate Change Issues

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says China and New Zealand have experience and expertise to share about responding to climate change. Mrs Bennett today met with Chinas top official for climate change, Mr Zhang Yong, Vice Chairman of Chinas National Development and Reform Commission, at Premier House in Wellington. Mrs Bennett and Mr Zhang held the first Ministerial dialogue under the New Zealand-China Climate Change Cooperation Arrangement Memorandum signed by the two countries leaders in 2014.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// International visitor spending reaches $10.1b

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 04:28 PM PST

Paula Bennett | Tourism

Communities around New Zealand are continuing to benefit from steady growth in international visitor spending, which reached $10.1 billion in the year to December, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. The latest International Visitor Survey results from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released today shows that visitor spending is up 4 per cent over the same period in 2015.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Fires highlight need for Civil Defence review

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 09:30 AM PST

Gerry Brownlee | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the fires in Christchurch City and the Selwyn District have highlighted the need to streamline New Zealands Civil Defence legislation. On Thursday, Mr Brownlee was scheduled to meet with representatives from all political parties to discuss the Civil Defence response to the Kaikōura earthquake. He instead travelled to Canterbury to receive updates from the local and regional response teams and survey the blaze from the air.

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/////////////////////////////////////////// Contract and Commercial Law Bill passed

Posted: 15 Feb 2017 09:13 PM PST

Christopher Finlayson | Attorney-General

Legislation to modernise and bring together important law underpinning contracts and commercial transactions passed its third reading in Parliament today, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson said. "This has been a major statute revision exercise," Mr Finlayson said. "The substantive law has not changed but the rules contained in 11 contract and commercial Acts, some dating back to 1908, have been revised and consolidated into a single piece of legislation.

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