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Heretaunga Tamatea Claims Settlement Bill

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has welcomed and acknowledged rangatira of Heretaunga Tamatea iwi who attended Parliament today to hear the third reading of their Treaty settlement legislation.

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Aquaculture drives seafood export earnings

New Zealand’s export earnings from seafood are on the rise, with aquaculture leading the way, says Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash.


The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Situation and Outlook report for June 2018 predicts New Zealand’s seafood export earnings will grow from $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion by June 2022.

“Aquaculture is set to be the main driver for the forecast growth, thanks largely to increased mussel harvests, and higher prices as demand continues to grow in key markets,” says Mr Nash.

“We expect hatchery-bred spat to be a boon for mussel production. We are already seeing better mussels as a result of hatchery spat produced through the SPATnz Primary Growth Partnership programme.

“We are also seeing salmon production increasing with three new farms operating in the Marlborough Sounds. 

“Aquaculture export earnings are forecast to reach $430 million this year and reach nearly $600 million in 2022. Export earnings for New Zealand’s wild capture fish products are expected to reach $1.4 billion this year and climb to $1.5 billion in 2022.

“We expect to see higher prices as a result of more people wanting to eat fish and reduced global supply due to China’s plans to reduce its catch,” says Mr Nash.

“It is clear the environmental credibility of our seafood products will be a vital factor in our export success. The Marine Stewardship Council has certified many of our fisheries as sustainable. Further certification of this kind will support export prices.

“Innovative approaches to harvesting will also play their role.  This Government’s recent regulation changes have allowed the use of innovative trawl technology to allow more precise fishing and to produce high quality products such as those under the new Tiaki brand.”

 

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Three Strikes repeal not going to Cabinet

A proposal to repeal Three Strikes is not going before Cabinet today on the basis that New Zealand First have indicated they would be unlikely to support it, says Justice Minister Andrew Little.

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Largest intake of Police recruits in decade

Police recruitment has stepped up a gear with the largest intake of recruits in more than a decade beginning training at the Royal New Zealand Police College near Porirua.

“I offer congratulations and welcome to the 100 new recruits who begin the intensive 16 weeks training course as part of Wing 318,” says Police Minister Stuart Nash. It is the largest single intake since 2006.

“The 100 recruits arrived at the weekend and begin formal training today. They have demonstrated commitment and dedication to get this far, and I acknowledge their families and friends for the support offered behind the scenes.

“Before they arrive at Police College every applicant goes through assessments and tests and a distance learning course. They are expected to demonstrate their fitness levels, reasoning abilities and character, and to undergo reference checks and a medical examination. They must prove their skills at communication, building relationships, solving problems and delivering a high standard of service. They even sit a typing assessment to test their computer and technology skills.

“Our new Police recruits are professional and talented before they even begin training. We ask a lot of them and their families and the training course is a demanding time for everyone involved.

“Budget 2018 set aside almost $300 million in new operating funding for this unprecedented recruitment drive as a result of the Coalition Agreement with New Zealand First. We are striving to recruit 1800 new Police officers over three years, backed up by 485 support staff. Since the government was formed in October 2017, 455 new Police officers have graduated from the Royal New Zealand Police College.

“The youngest recruit in Wing 318 is 19 years old and the eldest is 50. There are 38 women and 62 men, and a number of new Kiwis from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. I offer my thanks to Wing Patron Laulu Mac Leauanae, the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, for accepting the important role as mentor for the new recruits.

“Our neighbourhoods want a greater uniformed presence for community policing and they also expect an increased focus on organised crime. We are building a stronger Police service and giving them tools to prevent offending, enforce the law and keep communities safe,” says Mr Nash.

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Graduation at Royal NZ Police College

Police Minister Stuart Nash is congratulating the 78 new recruits who graduate today from the Royal New Zealand Police college near Porirua.

“The graduation of Wing 314 takes the total number of new recruits since this government was formed to 455 frontline officers,” says Mr Nash.

“Budget 2018 set aside $298.8 million in new operating funding as a first step towards the Coalition government’s commitment to strive for 1800 new officers over three years. On top of this, we are funding 485 support staff.

“Budget 2018 has provided the foundation for our recruitment drive and the ability to meet our objectives of greater crime prevention and going hard against organised crime. 

“Our communities want to know that the growing threat from organised crime is being targeted by specialist Police officers. Twenty-first century Policing requires greater resources and tools to investigate and disrupt transnational drug smuggling, child sex exploitation, cyber-crime and money laundering.

“Our neighbourhoods want a greater uniformed presence for road policing, family harm and child protection, burglaries and aggravated robberies, and the ability to respond to natural disasters and search and rescue incidents. That is what we will deliver.

“The graduation of Wing 314 is the seventh since this government took office. There will be another seven by the end of January 2019. We are building a stronger Police service and giving them tools to prevent offending, enforce the law and keep communities safe.

“The new recruits in Wing 314 bring diverse and talented qualities to Police. The Wing includes 18 migrants who can speak at least eleven foreign languages, 23 officers who have tertiary degrees, 25 who have post-secondary qualifications, and many with sporting and cultural achievements and family connections to Police,” says Mr Nash.

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Modernising the way we do business

Small Business Minister Stuart Nash has encouraged Wellington businesses to take advantage of new government initiatives, especially in the digital space, to make their jobs easier and free them up to focus on their products and services.

Mr Nash has tonight launched the 2018 series of Small Business Roadshows at a function on the Wellington waterfront. The roadshows will travel around the country and bring together the private sector with representatives from government agencies to explain what they do and how they can help small businesses.

“This Government is working to give every small business in New Zealand the tools and the confidence to meet their potential, and realise their goals as a business,” says Mr Nash.

“Support for the e-invoicing framework in Budget 2018 is just one example. E-invoicing will enable significant modernisation of the way we do business, which is a priority for this portfolio.

“New operating funding announced in Budget 2018 will support the e-invoicing project within MBIE, driving its implementation across the Government and business sectors.  The initiative will receive $5.83 million over the next two years and $1.27 million in 2017/18.

“The Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Australia agreed in March to advance work on common approaches to e-invoicing as part of the trans-Tasman Single Economic Market Agenda. The funding announced today confirms we are on track to fundamentally change the way government-to-business and business-to-business connections are made.

“E-invoicing is the ability to exchange information between the online accounting software of a supplier and a buyer. It creates economic benefits through faster payments and reduced transaction costs. It can deliver significant productivity improvements and savings from fewer invoicing errors and less time spent resolving errors. Incorrect or lost invoices contribute to about 40% of all invoices being overdue.

“The framework for e-invoicing relies on the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) administered by MBIE. The NZBN is a unique 13-digit identifier which enables e-invoicing and simplifies other transactions and connections. More than 650,000 businesses already have the NZBN. We are working with Australian colleagues to mutually recognise the NZBN and the Australian Business Number to make it easier to do business across the Tasman.

“The NZBN is for all sole traders, partnerships, trusts, companies, local authorities and other corporates and public sector entities. It creates a transactional environment where there can be greater certainty of identity, more reliable information, less duplication and much-needed efficiencies. 

“Businesses will be able to see supply chains, build trusted networks, find and assess providers, improve customer service and a whole lot more. Used to its full potential, the NZBN is not just a number, but is a business asset,” says Mr Nash.

The Wellington event is first of twelve across the country between May and August, known as the Taking Care of Business roadshows. They bring together the private sector with representatives from government agencies to explain what they do and how they can help small businesses.

 “Tomorrow the roadshows move to the provinces with an event in Levin, said Mr Nash.

“We’d like to help Levin’s small businesses get even better. So if you run one the town’s three ice-cream factories, 18 textile and clothing manufacturers or 102 residential building companies, come along to ask the tough questions of our experts.”

“As well as playing a regulatory role the Government offers a range of services to help businesses be successful. We want to help owners and operators tap into these resources,” Mr Nash says.

  • Levin, 30 May
  • Rotorua, 5 June
  • Taupo, 6 June
  • Napier, 7 June
  • Matamata, 21 August
  • Auckland (East), 22 August
  • Auckland (Pasifika) 23 August
  • Queenstown, 27 August
  • Dunedin, 29 August
  • Christchurch, 30 August
  • Westport, 31 August

For further detail and to register, visit: www.business.govt.nz/news/2018-small-business-roadshows/

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New Deputy Commissioner of Police

Long-serving Police Assistant Commissioner Wally Haumaha has been appointed to a new role as Deputy Commissioner.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police is a statutory appointment, made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister,” says Police Minister Stuart Nash.

Wallace (Wally) Patrick Haumaha, QSM and ONZM, has been appointed for five years from 3 June 2018. The term of the current Deputy Commissioner Vivian (Viv) Rickard ends on 2 June. Mr Rickard was appointed in 2010 and has served two terms.

Wally Haumaha is currently Deputy Chief Executive Maori, at Assistant Commissioner rank.  The Deputy Chief Executive Maori position leads the Maori, Pacific and Ethnic services communities group. He first joined New Zealand Police in 1984.

“Wally Haumaha is a highly respected leader across our communities,” says Mr Nash.

“He has led work to build the cultural capability of Police across all Districts, and is a key advisor on diversity strategies for Police recruitment. He is committed to enhancing Police leadership and responsiveness to Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities.

“Mr Haumaha has driven the development and implementation of the restorative justice initiative Te Pae Oranga, formerly known as Iwi Community Panels. The panels provide alternative resolutions for low-level offending and require an offender to plead guilty, work on a plan to identify the harm they have caused, and identify ways to avoid offending again.

“He has been responsible for the Iwi Community Panels since they were established by the previous government as a pilot scheme in 2014. We have now made them a permanent part of the Prevention First operating model. Nine panels are in place and a further four will be established in June. Planning is also underway for another six by early 2019. This work is a crucial component of plans to reform the criminal justice system by reducing reoffending and victimisation and breaking the cycle that leads to imprisonment.

“Wally Haumaha has the clear vision and leadership skills required to deliver on the Government’s priorities for Police. I expect him to play a key role to strengthen Maori leadership within Police and enhance the relationship between Police and Maori communities, in order to reduce both victimisation and offending. He is also superbly placed to work with other justice sector agencies to reduce the prison population.

“I’m very pleased to appoint Mr Haumaha to this role. I also wish to acknowledge and thank Viv Rickard for his commitment and service to Police, especially as a member of the Police Executive for most of the past decade,” says Mr Nash.

Mr Haumaha was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 1998 for service to the community, and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2017 for services to NZ Police and Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities.

 

 

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GCSB expands cyber defence service

Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), Hon Andrew Little, has announced the agency will expand its Malware-Free Networks (MFN) cyber defence initiative.

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Roadshows outline help for small business

Small Business Minister Stuart Nash will next week launch the 2018 series of small business roadshows. The roadshows give business owners the opportunity to learn more about assistance available from the Government.

Taking Care of Business is a series of 12 events across New Zealand between May and August. The roadshows bring together the private sector with representatives from government agencies to explain what they do and how they can help small businesses.

“This Government is working to give every small business in New Zealand the tools and the confidence to meet their potential, and realise their goals as a business,” says Mr Nash.

“New Zealand is a nation of small businesses. This roadshow is designed to help these firms get the most out of their interactions with the Government so they can spend more time on what they do best.

“As well as playing a regulatory role the Government offers a range of services to help businesses be successful. We help owners and operators tap into these resources.

“Whether a small business is worried about meeting health and safety legislation, tax or ACC obligations, or if they want to find help to grow their business, they have someone they can talk to directly.

“Government agencies do a lot for small business, whether it’s providing advice on compliance or ways to improve innovation, growth and productivity. There will also be an opportunity to hear about Budget 2018 support for the business sector,” Mr Nash says.

The roadshow events include short presentations from up to fifteen government agencies. These include ACC, WorkSafe, Immigration New Zealand, Inland Revenue, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and StatsNZ.

“There will be opportunities to ask questions and have face to face discussions. Expert advisors will be on hand with practical information,” Mr Nash says.

“For example Immigration New Zealand will discuss how to find, bring and keep the best skilled migrants when a business can’t recruit within New Zealand. Regional Business Partners’ Growth Advisors will explain how they can help a business connect with the right resources and experts to build capability and grow, and IPONZ will explain different types of intellectual property and give some simple tips.

Events will be held in the following towns and cities:

  • Wellington, 29 May
  • Levin, 30 May
  • Rotorua, 5 June
  • Taupo, 6 June
  • Napier, 7 June
  • Matamata, 21 August
  • Auckland (East), 22 August
  • Auckland (Pasifika) 23 August
  • Queenstown, 27 August
  • Dunedin, 29 August
  • Christchurch, 30 August
  • Westport, 31 August

For further detail, visit: www.business.govt.nz/news/2018-small-business-roadshows/

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Next step to improve fairness of tax system

New legislation to improve the fairness of the tax system and prevent large multinationals from exploiting rules in order to shift their profits offshore has passed another step closer to becoming law.

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has taken the Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill through its second reading in Parliament. Detailed debate will continue during the Committee stage once the House resumes in June.

“New Zealand and other countries are taking action to prevent multinational corporations from engaging in aggressive tax planning. This practice, known as base erosion profit shifting, or BEPS, is a challenge for tax systems around the world,” says Stuart Nash.

“The tax strategies mean that some large multinational companies pay little tax in New Zealand, or, in fact, anywhere else in the world, despite having a significant economic presence here. This threatens the revenue base that Governments need to deliver public services and erodes the overall fairness and integrity of our tax system. It distorts competition and effective and efficient allocation of resources and enables some multinationals to exploit tax rules to get an advantage over other businesses.

“The tax system must be fair for all income earners, regardless of their size or the complexity of their arrangements. The Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill contains a comprehensive package of measures designed to combat BEPS, ensure fairness and equity and improve the integrity of the tax base”, says Mr Nash.

The changes will prevent multinationals from using BEPS strategies, including:

  • artificially high interest rates on loans from related parties to shift profits out of New Zealand
  • related-party transactions which are intended to shift profits to offshore group members in a manner that does not reflect the actual economic activities undertaken in New Zealand and offshore
  • hybrid mismatch arrangements that exploit differences between countries' tax rules to achieve an advantageous tax position
  • artificial arrangements to avoid having a taxable presence or a permanent establishment in New Zealand
  • tactics to stymie an Inland Revenue investigation, such as withholding relevant information that is held by an offshore group member.

“New Zealand's response to BEPS is generally aligned with Australia's tax legislation and broadly consistent with the OECD and G20 action plan,” says Mr Nash.

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