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Hon Bill English

3 November, 2015

Productivity Commission to examine new models of tertiary education

Finance Minister Bill English and Tertiary Education Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce have asked the Productivity Commission to review new and emerging models of tertiary education.

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1 November, 2015

Productivity Commission to examine urban planning rules

The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to review urban planning rules and processes, and identify the most appropriate system for land use allocation, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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30 October, 2015

New Zealand thrashes Australia

New Zealanders have beaten stiff competition from Australia, picking up multiple awards at a ceremony celebrating excellence in community housing this week.

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17 October, 2015

Data Futures group announced

Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss today named the working group responsible for leading the new Data Futures Partnership.

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15 October, 2015

New Zealand Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Today I want to talk to you about how we are going to continue to manage the books in the future – by understanding and addressing the drivers of demand for public services, and through better management of the Government’s assets.

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15 October, 2015

English commits to ongoing fiscal restraint

Slowing growth in the global economy highlights the need for ongoing fiscal restraint, Finance Minister Bill English said in a speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Wellington today.

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14 October, 2015

Government posts full year operating surplus

The Government has reported an operating surplus in the fiscal year that ended on 30 June, meeting a target set in 2011 following the Canterbury earthquakes and the international financial crisis, says Finance Minister Bill English.

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6 October, 2015

OECD releases full BEPS action plan

The OECD last night released its final package of actions to address base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The Minister of Finance Bill English, and Minister of Revenue, Todd McClay say that the plan, representing two years of intensive work by the OECD and G20 nations will be a significant step forward in the fight against BEPS.

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5 October, 2015

Six banks awarded All-of-Government contracts

Minister of Finance Bill English and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that six banks have been awarded contracts for the supply of All-of-Government (AOG) banking services, with Westpac to provide the Crown Transactional Banking services.

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5 October, 2015

English to IMF and World Bank this week

Finance Minister Bill English leaves for Mexico City tomorrow before carrying on to Lima ahead of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group’s annual meetings in his capacity as a Governor of both institutions.

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29 September, 2015

Speech on Housing Affordability

I want to talk about the way that we approach economic policy in one area in particular – the housing market.

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25 September, 2015

Government seeks community input on social housing

Treasury and the Ministry of Social Development are looking to identify further opportunities for the supply or transfer of social housing, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.

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24 September, 2015

New Zealanders have final say on national flag

New Zealanders will have a fifth choice in the first postal referendum to rank potential alternative flag designs, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.

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17 September, 2015

Speech to the Treasury Guest Lecture Series on Social Investment

It is a pleasure to launch this Treasury Guest Lecture Series focused on social investment.

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15 September, 2015

Ministers welcome Productivity Commission report on social services

The Productivity Commission’s latest report on social services in New Zealand will be a valued input into the Government’s ongoing programme of public sector reform, Finance Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Paula Bennett say.

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27 August, 2015

Terms of Reference agreed for Auckland

The Government has today signed a Terms of Reference with Auckland Council, setting out how central and local government will work together to agree on an approach to develop the city’s transport system.

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27 August, 2015

First new houses at Fenchurch opened

A milestone in the first phase of the long-term plans of the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company (TRC) was reached today with Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith opening the first completed homes as part of the Fenchurch neighbourhood regeneration project at Glen Innes, Auckland.

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21 August, 2015

Young-Cooper named as new Housing NZ Chair

Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English has announced the appointment of Adrienne Young-Cooper as the Chair of Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC).

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20 August, 2015

Solid, sustainable growth as economy adjusts

Non-dairy export industries can expect a significant boost in returns in the wake of the fall in the value of the New Zealand dollar over the past year, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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20 August, 2015

Launch of the Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015

Meeting New Zealand’s infrastructure challenges over the next 30 years will require coordination across central government, local government and the private sector.

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20 August, 2015

Thirty Year Infrastructure Plan Released

The Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015 sets out New Zealand’s response to the infrastructure challenges we will face over the next three decades, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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13 August, 2015

New Zealanders have final say on national flag

New Zealanders will have their say in choosing the New Zealand flag after legislation enabling two postal referendums was endorsed by Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.

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13 August, 2015

Solid Energy into temporary voluntary administration

Placing Solid Energy into temporary voluntary administration gives the best chance to secure an ongoing future for the different parts of the business, Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprises Minister Todd McClay say.

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6 August, 2015

New Partnership to drive data innovation

New Zealand will gain significant economic and social benefits from the formation of the New Zealand Data Futures Partnership, Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss say.

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22 July, 2015

KiwiSaver membership grows to over 2,530,000

The number of KiwiSaver enrolments continues to rise in the over-18 year old target population, with an additional 11,656 members in the month of June, Finance Minister Bill English and Revenue Minister Todd McClay say.

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13 July, 2015

English to China this week

Finance Minister Bill English is undertaking a long-planned visit to China this week, focusing on the economic developments taking place in China’s inland regions and what this means for New Zealand.

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10 July, 2015

Dr Allan Freeth’s service to HNZC Board

Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English says the Government has appreciated the sound leadership and commitment of outgoing Housing New Zealand Corporation chair, Allan Freeth.

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8 July, 2015

Careful stewardship of spending pays dividends

The latest Crown accounts reinforce the benefits of the Government’s careful stewardship of its finances, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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6 July, 2015

Report card on Better Public Service targets published

More young people are achieving higher qualifications, welfare dependency continues to fall and Kiwis are doing more of their government transactions digitally, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Paula Bennett say.

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29 June, 2015

NZ signs up to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

New Zealand has formally become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at a signing ceremony in Beijing today, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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