24 September 2010
Policy Briefing: 01 October Tax Changes
Prime Minister John Key discusses the changes to the tax code set to come into effect on 1 October. For more information about the reforms, which include both tax cuts and a 2.5% rise in GST, see http://www.national.org.nz/taxcuts.aspx . For an online calculator that will allow you to see how your personal income will be affected, visit http://www.taxguide.govt.nz
23 September 2010
Five new cycle trails get the green light
Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key has today, on World Tourism Day, announced that funding of $13.9 million has been approved for five more cycle trails under Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail project.
The Government has now approved a total of $45.6 million for a series of 18 Great Rides that will take cyclists through some of New Zealand's most iconic and picturesque country.
"All 18 trails on the New Zealand Cycle Trail project have now had their funding confirmed. This means all trails are either under construction or ready to enter the construction phase," Mr Key says.
"This is a significant milestone for the project, which has captured the imagination and support of communities around the country.
"I would like to congratulate all applicants for the immense effort that has gone into completing the planning for the trails. These five trails, together with thirteen trails already approved, are expected to provide more than 2,000km of trail once completed.
"I would also like to thank Kevin Hague and the Green Party for their continuing support of the New Zealand Cycle Trail project.
"We are investing in the New Zealand Cycle Trail to generate real and lasting economic, social and environmental benefits for New Zealand communities while building our already strong reputation as a premium tourism destination.
"The targeted co-funding for the 18 Great Rides of around $30 million also demonstrates the significant commitment of the local communities involved," Mr Key says.
The five new trails that have had their funding confirmed from the New Zealand Cycle Trail Fund are; Bay of Islands to Hokianga, Hauraki Plains, Pathway of Fire, The Old Ghost Road, and Roxburgh Gorge.
21 September 2010
PM pays tribute to Sir Archie Taiaroa
Prime Minister John Key says he is shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Sir Archie Taiaroa.
Sir Archie suffered a stroke at his farm in Taumarunui on Monday, and died today.
"Sir Archie's leadership was inspirational. He was a role model to young Maori and hugely influential in Maoridom," says Mr Key.
"This is a tragic loss - not just for Whanganui, not just for Maori, but for all New Zealanders.
"Sir Archie stood tall and proud and taught others to do the same.
"Our paths crossed many times, and it was always a privilege. I will miss his wisdom and his humour.
"His passing will be deeply mourned but his significant achievements and his strong and sound leadership will be his legacy.
"To Lady Martha and his whanau I extend my heartfelt sympathies.
"We have lost a man of honour and integrity whose long years of community service will be remembered with gratitude."Tweet
13 September 2010
13 September Press Conference on the earthquake
At the regular post-Cabinet press conference, Prime Minister John Key and the Minister responsible for earthquake recovery, Hon Gerry Brownlee, explain steps the Government is taking to assist Canterbury residents in recovering from the earthquake. The opening remarks are followed by Q@A with the media.Tweet
13 September 2010
Terms of reference announced for SIS investigation
Prime Minister John Key today outlined the terms of reference for an investigation he has directed into the NZ Security Intelligence Service's processes for granting a security clearance to former NZDF employee Stephen Wilce.
Mr Wilce was appointed Chief Defence Scientist and Director of the Defence Technology Agency in 2005. He resigned from his position after questions were raised about his background.
"The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, has appointed Neil Walter, former Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to undertake this investigation," says Mr Key.
"The investigation will cover the vetting processes used by the SIS regarding the granting of a security clearance to Mr Wilce in 2005, and the adequacy of those processes.
"The investigation will also examine the adequacy of the current vetting system and whether it is fit for purpose, and whether or not there needs to be any recommendations made to strengthen the system."
Mr Key says the intention is for the investigation to be completed on 27 September 2010.