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15 July, 2014

New price monitoring shows competition strengthening

New power price data released today shows the Government’s 2010 electricity reforms are making a real difference for consumers, says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges.

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9 July, 2014

Next steps to modernise parental leave

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today released a discussion document seeking feedback on the Government’s proposals to enhance and modernise parental leave.

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2 July, 2014

Employment Relations Authority Appointments

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today announced the reappointment of Rosemary Monaghan as Chief of the Employment Relations Authority.

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25 June, 2014

Bridges to attend APEC ministers’ meeting

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges leaves for China today to attend the 5th Meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Mining.

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24 June, 2014

Labour hypocrisy on resource development

Labour remains confused over whether it supports New Zealand’s oil and gas industry or not, says Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges.

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24 June, 2014

Progress on forestry safety action

In the first five months of this year, the number of serious injuries reported in forestry has dropped by nearly half compared with last year, Labour Minister Simon Bridges says.

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20 June, 2014

Speech to ‘The Great Adventure’ Tourism Leaders’ Conference

The path we are on will see New Zealand take the international lead in the adventure tourism and outdoors sector.

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20 June, 2014

World-class safety standards for adventure tourism

Labour Minister Simon Bridges has sent a clear message to adventure tourism operators – the resources are in place to complete audit safety checks before November and it is up to the industry to ensure it has world-class safety standards.

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18 June, 2014

Speech to the 85th Annual Electricity Engineers' Association Conference

The electricity industry plays a vital role in the daily lives of all New Zealanders. It has a proud history, and of course engineers have been an essential part of this.

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11 June, 2014

Feedback sought on minimum employment standards

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today released a discussion document seeking feedback on ways to strengthen the enforcement of New Zealand’s minimum employment standards to stamp out exploitation.

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6 June, 2014

Minister welcomes forestry safety review consultation document

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today welcomed the release of the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel’s public consultation document.

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4 June, 2014

Ministers welcome final PCE report on oil and gas

Ministers today welcomed a report released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on oil and gas drilling.

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29 May, 2014

Improvement to Government procurement rules

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today announced an improvement to Government procurement rules to ensure all potential suppliers of cleaning services operate on a fair and level playing field.

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29 May, 2014

Fortnightly Minimum Wage Order made

The Minimum Wage Order is changing to include a fortnightly minimum wage rate, Labour Minister Simon Bridges said today.

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28 May, 2014

Minister congratulates EECA Awards winners

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges tonight congratulated the winners and finalists in the 2014 EECA Awards.

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27 May, 2014

Parental leave payments to increase from 1 July

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today announced that parental leave payments will increase from 1 July 2014.

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22 May, 2014

Minister welcomes release of health and safety regulations discussion document

Labour Minister Simon Bridges welcomes the release today of a discussion document outlining proposals for new health and safety regulations, which will help people to comply with the new health and safety legislative regime when it comes into force next year.

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21 May, 2014

Budget 2014: Tackling migrant exploitation in Canterbury

The Government is spending more than $7 million over the next four years to boost the number of labour inspectors and immigration officers dealing with the Canterbury rebuild.

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15 May, 2014

Government to boost parental leave provisions

As part of Budget 2014’s comprehensive package of practical measures to help families and children, the Government will spend an additional $171.8 million over four years to enhance parental leave provisions, Labour Minister Simon Bridges says.

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9 May, 2014

Epithermal Gold exploration permit awarded

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed a new gold explorer to New Zealand.

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9 May, 2014

Speech to Bioenergy Association Conference

Good morning - it’s a pleasure to be attending this conference on bioenergy at this time, when there is so much happening in this field.

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9 May, 2014

New initiative to increase renewable energy in Southland

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced the establishment of a renewable heat hub initiative in Southland to increase the uptake of renewable energy.

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8 May, 2014

Speech to 2014 Electric Vehicle, Industry and Government Roundtable

Transport is clearly an area where we can improve fuel efficiency, make savings, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve New Zealand’s drive to increased use of renewables.

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29 April, 2014

18th Annual EMA Occupational Health and Safety Conference

In August 2013, the Government announced the most significant reform of New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system in more than 20 years.

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27 April, 2014

Workers’ Memorial day time to take stock

Workers’ Memorial Day tomorrow is a time to remember those who have been killed or injured at work, their families and friends, and also take stock of the progress being made to ensure workers return home safe each day, says Labour Minister Simon Bridges.

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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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