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Former Norwegian Minister takes reins at UN Environment Programme

Erik Solheim, a former Minister of Environment and International Development in Norway, began his tenure today as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, with the concurrent position of UN Under-Secretary-General. Mr.

Government freezes elderly out of insulation subsidy - Labour

Government cuts to the Warm Up New Zealand insulation subsidy means it will now only be available for rental properties and could leave many elderly homeowners cold this winter, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.

Govt must act on Shewan Review recommendations - ActionStation

Community campaigning group ActionStation supports the recommendations of the Shewan Review into New Zealand’s trust laws and say the proposed register of trusts should be publically accessible, as per option 3 in the options for reform of the trust laws.

New data for identifying flood risk

Scientists have released new data that will help planners identify the risks posed by floods and sea level rise, says Land Information Minister Louise Upston.

Shewan report delivers rebuke to National - Robertson

John Shewan’s report into foreign trusts is a rebuke to John Key and the National Party who have protected an industry that has damaged New Zealand’s reputation, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

Govt was wrong to dismiss foreign trust concerns - Greens

The Shewan inquiry has found that foreign trusts are open to being abused and has recommended new disclosure requirements in line with what the Green Party has been pushing for since 2012, the Green Party said today.

McClay to meet with Pacific Alliance in Chile

Trade Minister Todd McClay leaves for Latin America today to participate in the Pacific Alliance Summit meetings held this week in Puerto Varas, Chile, on 29-30 June.

Govt releases report; moves to strengthen international tax rules

The Government today released tax expert John Shewan’s independent Inquiry into Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules, and the steps it is taking to strengthen tax rules as part of its work with the OECD to clamp down on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).

National Govt, the property speculator's best friend - Green Party

The National Government is still the property speculator’s best friend, Green Party said today.

Mortgage lending data released today by the Reserve Bank shows that residential property investors are borrowing more than three times as much as first home buyers.

Plea bargain in Moko case followed robust prosecution guidelines

The guidelines that instruct Crown Prosecutors who are considering so-called "plea bargains" are robust and well-considered, the New Zealand Law Society says.