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Securities And Financial Advisers Amendment Bills Passed

Securities And Financial Advisers Amendment Bills Passed

A bill that will make it easier for businesses to raise capital while ensuring prospective investors have all the appropriate information was passed by Parliament last night, Commerce Minister Simon Power said.

Secrecy And Vested Interests Drive Investment Rules Shake-Up

Secrecy And Vested Interests Drive Investment Rules Shake-Up

The appointment of five lawyers from firms that make money from overseas investment to advise the Government on rewriting overseas investment rules is a blatant conflict of interest, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

National's Great Bargain Basement Sell Off Of New Zealand Kicks Off (Round 2)

National's Great Bargain Basement Sell Off Of New Zealand Kicks Off (Round 2)

The Alliance Party says that moves to loosen up New Zealand's already sloppy rules on foreign control of the economy would mean the future threat of further privatization and loss of assets.

Disputes Tribunal Amendment Bill Passes

A law that delivers on part of the Government's business relief package announced in February in response to the global financial crisis has been passed by Parliament today, Justice Minister Simon Power said.

More Police For Northland District

The number of fulltime police staff in Northland district increased by six between June 2008 and June 2009, new figures reveal.

Infrastructure Bonds Better Than PPPS

Infrastructure Bonds Better Than PPPS

The Green Party today called for the Government to create infrastructure bonds for New Zealanders to invest in rather than raise financing via the failed public-private partnership (PPPs) model.

Minister Launches Citizenship Essay Competition

Minister Launches Citizenship Essay Competition

'What New Zealand citizenship means to me' is the topic of a national student essay competition launched today by Minister of Internal Affairs Nathan Guy to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of New Zealand citizenship.

Shift Heavy Freight By Rail, Not Juggernaut Trucks

Heavier, longer trucks will inevitably lead to more crashes and deaths on our roads and will undermine our rail freight network which is better suited for moving heavy freight, Green Party Associate Transport spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today.

Government Simplifies Overseas Investment

The Government has simplified overseas investment rules to make it easier for local firms to access scarce global funds, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Is Auckland Airport Ownership About To Take Flight?

The Government's weakening of legislative protection for strategically important infrastructure has opened the door for the gateway to New Zealand being sold to offshore investors, Labour's Associate Finance spokesperson David Parker said today.