New Zealand

Shovel-ready funding process slammed after all 5 bids fail

Gary Kircher.  Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher says he makes no apologies for his strong stance against the Government’s shovel-ready project funding process. In his mayoral report presented at yesterday’s council meeting, Mr Kircher told councillors he had not received official notification from the Government, but it was understood all five of the Waitaki District Council’s applications had been unsuccessful. In ...

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Tender for default KiwiSaver funds finally arrives

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has outlined new criteria for KiwiSaver default fund providers as it seeks bidders in a request for proposals released today. KiwiSaver providers who want to be part of the default scheme will need to offer a low-fee balanced fund that does not invest in weapons or fossil fuels, and demonstrate they can engage ...

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IRD readies payroll tender as all-of-government panel looms

IRD has shifted the Productivity Commission into its Oracle-based Ātea environment Inland Revenue is expected to release a tender for a new software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based payroll system at the end of the month, ahead of the establishment of a new all-of-government payroll panel. IRD will aims to replace its current on-premise solution with a software as a service system hosted on ...

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Election 2020: Greens’ Catherine Delahunty criticises Government’s private school funding

Catherine Delahunty. Green Party co-leader James Shaw is facing criticism from party members for approving nearly $12 million in funding for a privately-owned “green” school in Taranaki. It flies in the face of the party’s policy to not publicly fund private schools. James Shaw is under mounting pressure, and is urgently working to find a solution before an online meeting ...

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Five vendors vie to rebuild the shared regional council platform, IRIS

Ideally, IRIS will be rebuilt as a cloud-based SaaS platform, GM says Seven out of 11 regional councils use the IRIS platform. The information system developed and shared by several New Zealand regional councils is set for a makeover with five vendors shortlisted for the rebuild. Requests for expressions of interest to rebuild the Integrated Regional Information System (IRIS), originally ...

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Waikato Gets $5.5 Million In Funding For Quick-start Projects To Improve Fresh Water

Waikato Regional Council has secured $5.535 million in Government funding for quick-start restoration projects. Waikato Regional Council has bid for more than $160 million of funding in response to the Government’s call for shovel ready projects to help with New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Our bids include funding for flood protection infrastructure and stock truck effluent disposal sites across ...

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‘Enduring legacy’: Ardern and Morrison’s last-ditch plea to FIFA

Australia and New Zealand will head into Friday morning’s vote on the hosting of the 2023 Women’s World Cup with no questions around support from their federal governments after the prime ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the tournament. Having already pledged a combined $110 million towards hosting the tournament, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott ...

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KiwiRail to procure new generation of Interislander ferries

The new ferries will be the first New Zealand has introduced to the Interislander fleet in over 25 years New Zealand operator KiwiRail has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to find a preferred shipyard to build two new-generation Interislander ferries. The Interislander ferries are extensions of New Zealand’s State Highway 1 and the Main Trunk Line across the Cook ...

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Taranaki ‘shovel ready’ projects still in contention for funds

A vocal opponent of a $50 million Yarrow stadium upgrade project in New Plymouth says he has mixed feelings about it making it through the first cull of ‘shovel-ready’ projects bidding for government funding as part of the Covid-19 economic recovery. The home of the Taranaki Bulls rugby side was declared earthquake prone in 2017, and its owner, the Taranaki ...

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New Zealand’s KiwiRail launches RFP for shipyard for two ferries

The concept design of the new ferries that will operate across the Cook Strait in New Zealand. Credit: OSK Shiptech / KiwiRail. New Zealand state-owned enterprise KiwiRail has launched a Request for Proposal (RFP) to find a shipyard for the construction of two ships for Interislander. Interislander is operated by KiwiRail and is a road and rail ferry service that ...

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Bid to reopen Wellington Station given £50,000 backing by Government

Wellington Station WILL be reopened after Government confirms application success A BID to reopen the railway station in Wellington has been given the go ahead, the Government has announced. MP Chris Heaton Harris, rail minister, confirmed that the Devon and Metro Somerset Group’s application to try and reopen stations in Wellington and Cullompton had been approved. The group will now have to ...

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How to win new business in the ‘new normal’

The post-lockdown period could be the best time to win new business, writes Ben Paul. All it takes is the right approach, service innovation, and a positive attitude. Clearly, I am not advocating that a huge global economic downturn is a great thing for the whole business community. My heart genuinely does go out to those who had a great ...

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Coronavirus Government Global Briefing: May 14

Welcome to Coronavirus Government Global Briefing, Mandarin Premium’s morning update on everything in local and global government responses to the COVID-19 outbreak. When “red tape” actually is red tape During crises like COVID-19, it’s understandable to see bids to slash elements of bureaucracy that, one way or another, were designed for longer, calmer periods of deliberation; see, for example, any of the emergency powers ...

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Government puts light rail ‘on hold’

Work has started on the southern-most part of the City Rail Link project at Mt Eden earlier this year, marked by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, CRL CEO Sean Sweeney and Transport Minister Phil Twyford. The Government’s flagship infrastructure project has been put “on hold” while it fights the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are some doubts it will ever get going again. ...

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Council bids for $32.8m funding

The West Coast Regional Council has put in a bid for $32.8million from the Government’s economic recovery infrastructure fund for flood protection work. The projects include $19.8million for a long-term solution for Franz Josef Glacier, $8million for a flood warning system and stopbanks for Westport, $2.58million to extend Greymouth’s floodwall and $2.5million for an extension of the Hokitika seawall and ...

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Without Keytruda, 30 deaths a week in NZ from cancer – Lung Foundation

RNZ revealed Pharmac had withdrawn its request for proposals (RFP) for companies to pitch prices for Keytruda. Pharmac’s decision to backtrack on funding Keytruda is a major blow for equality in New Zealand’s health system, a leading oncologist says. Lung cancer is the most fatal cancer in New Zealand, taking about 1800 lives a year, but immunotherapy drugs like Keytruda ...

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West Coast bids for $30m flood protection work

A $30.8m bid for flood protection work by the West Coast Regional Council includes a $19.8m  project for a long-term solution for Franz Josef Glacier.  The West Coast Regional Council has put in a bid for $30.8 million for flood protection work from the Government’s economic recovery infrastructure fund. The projects include $19.8m for a long-term solution for Franz Josef ...

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Fresh Opportunities And Stories In Latest Funding For Local Production Sector

NZ On Air is fast-tracking into production a diverse range of new content from fresh creative teams in the latest funding round, ensuring there’s a pipeline of work for the production sector post-lockdown (and during lockdown where safely possible.) The latest round called for applications meeting NZ On Air’s ‘Fresh opportunities’ objectives which encourages innovation and opportunities for different storytellers. ...

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