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10 April, 2014

250,000 warmer and drier Kiwi homes

Two hundred and fifty thousand New Zealand homes have now been insulated under two Government programmes set up to make homes warmer and healthier.

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7 April, 2014

Sustainable Business Council and BusinessNZ Energy Council Breakfast

Today countries around the world are facing the same energy challenge – we want to continue to grow our economies and help our people to prosper, but we need to reduce our carbon emissions and respond to climate change.

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7 April, 2014

Businesses and households to save from new energy efficiency initiatives

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions.

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2 April, 2014

Block Offer 2014: Address to the Advantage NZ 2014 Geotechnical Petroleum Forum

It’s great to see so many people, including the many international guests, here today. I hope those of you from overseas have an opportunity to see some of the sights that our country is renowned for before you return home.

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2 April, 2014

2014 Oil and Gas Block Offer released

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today launched the third annual Block Offer for oil and gas exploration.

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20 March, 2014

Changes to improve electricity price monitoring

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced changes to improve electricity price monitoring and provide more accurate information about how the market is performing.

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20 March, 2014

Speech to NZ Energy Conference 2014

Energy is an integral part of our lives. It is the foundation on which we build economic growth, prosperity and progress in our societies. Across the globe, we are all facing the same basic energy challenge. We want our citizens and countries to continue to develop and prosper.

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20 March, 2014

Smart Grid Forum members announced

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the members of a New Zealand Smart Grid Forum to advance the development of smart electricity networks in New Zealand.

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19 March, 2014

Employment Relations Amendment Bill – Second Reading Speech

Mr Speaker, this Bill implements the Government’s policies aimed at increasing flexibility and fairness in our employment relations framework.

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13 March, 2014

Health and Safety Reform Bill First Reading

I move that the Health and Safety Reform Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee to consider the Bill.

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13 March, 2014

Ministers welcome DOC’s health and safety pledge

DOC today became the first Government department to formally join the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Labour Minister Simon Bridges announced.

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10 March, 2014

Health and Safety Reform Bill introduced

The biggest health and safety reforms in 20 years are today one step closer with the introduction of the Health and Safety Reform Bill says Labour Minister Simon Bridges.

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24 February, 2014

Govt to increase minimum wage

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today announced the adult minimum wage is to rise to $14.25 an hour.

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19 February, 2014

Energy Minister to visit Norway, US and Canada

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges leaves tonight for Norway, the United States and Canada to meet ministerial counterparts and industry experts.

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16 February, 2014

More Magic Money from the Greens

The Green Party's belief in their ability to make money magically appear seems to have no limits says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges.

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11 February, 2014

Govt to establish Smart Grid Forum

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the establishment of a New Zealand Smart Grid Forum to advance the development of smart electricity networks in New Zealand.

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29 January, 2014

Industry-led forestry inquiry welcomed

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today welcomed the announcement of an industry-led inquiry into forestry safety, which will commence next month.

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19 December, 2013

Work to address Pike River Royal Commission recommendations complete

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Labour Minister Simon Bridges today welcomed the completion of the major policy programme to respond to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

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16 December, 2013

A new era in workplace health and safety begins

A new era in workplace health and safety begins today with the opening of WorkSafe NZ, the new stand-alone Crown regulator dedicated to health and safety says Labour Minister Simon Bridges.

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13 December, 2013

Underground Mines Emergency Protocol approved

Police Minister Anne Tolley and Labour Minister Simon Bridges today announced the approval of the Underground Mines Emergency Protocol, developed in response to a recommendation by the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

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13 December, 2013

EECA Board appointments announced

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced a new appointment and two reappointments to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Board.

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9 December, 2013

New mining regulations approved

Cabinet has approved new regulations for mining health and safety, as part of the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

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6 December, 2013

Decisions on Kyoto Protocol emission units

Acting Minister for Climate Change Issues Simon Bridges today announced decisions to restrict the use of some types of Kyoto Protocol emission units within New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme.

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5 December, 2013

Block Offer 2013 Permit Awards

As Minister of Energy and Resources, it’s my pleasure to welcome and host you here in Parliament this morning to award permits for the Government’s second annual Block Offer.

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5 December, 2013

Govt awards 10 new oil and gas permits

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the award of ten new oil and gas exploration permits as a result of Block Offer 2013.

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3 December, 2013

Govt stepping up on forestry safety

The Government has stepped up its efforts to improve forestry safety and Labour Minister Simon Bridges is calling on those in the industry to do the same.

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27 November, 2013

Forestry fatality - industry performance must improve

News of the eighth forestry workplace fatality this year is a tragedy for the worker’s family, his colleagues and the whole industry says Labour Minister Simon Bridges.

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21 November, 2013

WorkSafe New Zealand Board appointed

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today announced the permanent Board of the new workplace health and safety regulator, WorkSafe New Zealand.

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14 November, 2013

Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill – Third Reading Speech

Mr Speaker, I move that the WorkSafe New Zealand Bill, the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill (No 3), and the Mines Rescue Bill be now read a third time.

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14 November, 2013

Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill passes third reading

Labour Minister Simon Bridges welcomed the passage of the Health and Safety (Pike Implementation) Bill through Parliament.

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