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Energy and Resources

Associated Ministers

10 April, 2014

250,000 warmer and drier Kiwi homes

Two hundred and fifty thousand New Zealand homes have now been insulated under two Government programmes set up to make homes warmer and healthier.

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7 April, 2014

Sustainable Business Council and BusinessNZ Energy Council Breakfast

Today countries around the world are facing the same energy challenge – we want to continue to grow our economies and help our people to prosper, but we need to reduce our carbon emissions and respond to climate change.

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7 April, 2014

Businesses and households to save from new energy efficiency initiatives

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions.

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2 April, 2014

Block Offer 2014: Address to the Advantage NZ 2014 Geotechnical Petroleum Forum

It’s great to see so many people, including the many international guests, here today. I hope those of you from overseas have an opportunity to see some of the sights that our country is renowned for before you return home.

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2 April, 2014

2014 Oil and Gas Block Offer released

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today launched the third annual Block Offer for oil and gas exploration.

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20 March, 2014

Changes to improve electricity price monitoring

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced changes to improve electricity price monitoring and provide more accurate information about how the market is performing.

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20 March, 2014

Speech to NZ Energy Conference 2014

Energy is an integral part of our lives. It is the foundation on which we build economic growth, prosperity and progress in our societies. Across the globe, we are all facing the same basic energy challenge. We want our citizens and countries to continue to develop and prosper.

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20 March, 2014

Smart Grid Forum members announced

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the members of a New Zealand Smart Grid Forum to advance the development of smart electricity networks in New Zealand.

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19 February, 2014

Energy Minister to visit Norway, US and Canada

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges leaves tonight for Norway, the United States and Canada to meet ministerial counterparts and industry experts.

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16 February, 2014

More Magic Money from the Greens

The Green Party's belief in their ability to make money magically appear seems to have no limits says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges.

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11 February, 2014

Govt to establish Smart Grid Forum

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the establishment of a New Zealand Smart Grid Forum to advance the development of smart electricity networks in New Zealand.

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13 December, 2013

EECA Board appointments announced

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced a new appointment and two reappointments to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Board.

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5 December, 2013

Block Offer 2013 Permit Awards

As Minister of Energy and Resources, it’s my pleasure to welcome and host you here in Parliament this morning to award permits for the Government’s second annual Block Offer.

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5 December, 2013

Govt awards 10 new oil and gas permits

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the award of ten new oil and gas exploration permits as a result of Block Offer 2013.

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24 October, 2013

Ministers welcome court decision on Bathurst

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges have welcomed the Environment Court’s decision to grant resource consents to Bathurst Resources for their Escarpment Mine on the West Coast of the South Island.

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21 October, 2013

NZDF assists Pike River re-entry operation

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges welcome the start of operations to re-enter Pike River Coal Mine’s main tunnel up to the rock fall.

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3 October, 2013

235,000 homes warmed up – breaks all targets

235,000 homes have been insulated under the Government’s Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme, well above the original target set.

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18 September, 2013

Speech to New Zealand Petroleum Summit 2013

Good morning everyone, it’s great to be here and to have the opportunity to speak to you all.

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18 September, 2013

Oil and gas Block Offer 2014 consultation begins

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the start of the Block Offer 2014 process for awarding oil and gas exploration permits.

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3 September, 2013

Petroleum & minerals sector boosts NZ economy

The petroleum and minerals sector generates $333 per hour worked, making it the most productive in the New Zealand economy, a new Government report shows.

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3 September, 2013

Government to fund Pike River re-entry plan

The Government has approved conditional funding of a staged plan to re-enter and explore the main tunnel leading up to the rock fall at the Pike River Coal Mine, Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has announced.

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27 August, 2013

Speech to Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Conference

It’s a pleasure to be here at your conference and to have the opportunity to speak to you all.

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3 August, 2013

Energy Minister joins ‘switched on’ celebrations

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today joined in celebrations in Reefton to mark the town switching on the lights 125 years ago.

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18 July, 2013

Speech to West Coast Minerals Forum

It’s a pleasure to be here at the West Coast Minerals Forum and to have the opportunity to speak to you all.

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4 July, 2013

Wind farm consent a major boost for renewables

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed today’s Environment Court decision to grant consents for what could be the largest wind farm project in New Zealand.

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13 June, 2013

Minerals exploration will boost Northland economy

New minerals exploration permits awarded today will help create jobs and lift the Northland economy, Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says.

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10 June, 2013

New scheme to drive building energy efficiency

A new energy rating scheme launched today could help lift energy efficiency in New Zealand commercial buildings by as much as 25 percent, says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges.

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29 May, 2013

Minister welcomes Cook Strait cable upgrade

Energy Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the upgrade of the high-voltage Cook Strait electricity link between the North and South Islands.

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24 May, 2013

Address to the Nikkei Forum, Tokyo

I thank the Nikkei Forum for their invitation - it is great to be part of such a wide-ranging discussion on the future of Asia. And it is a special pleasure to be back in Japan at this particular time.

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23 May, 2013

Denniston mine decision good news for jobs & growth

The decision today by Conservation Minister Nick Smith to approve the access agreement for Bathurst Resources’ Escarpment Mine near Westport is good news for jobs and economic growth on the West Coast, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges say.

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