Wednesday, 19 December 2012
New members appointed to EECA
Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley has announced three appointments to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Petroleum exploration permits for 2012 awarded
Investment in oil and gas exploration will receive a significant boost with the award of 10 exploration permits, announced by Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley today.
Friday, 7 December 2012
Housing New Zealand suspends 75 former tenants
Grid upgrade will keep upper North Island lit up
The North Island Grid Upgrade Project will ensure New Zealand can keep up with growing electricity demand by providing a new power link into Auckland, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley said today.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Warm Up New Zealand reaches its target
The Government insulation programme Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart has reached its original target of insulating 188,500 homes – ahead of schedule and below budget, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley announced today.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Changes to CMA Bill reflect Pike River report
Cabinet has approved further changes to the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill currently before the Commerce Committee, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley says.
Friday, 9 November 2012
Improvement in retail gas contracts
Gas consumers are better informed and supply contracts are becoming more customer-friendly, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley said today.
Thursday, 8 November 2012
Oil and gas Block Offer 2013 gets under way
Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley has welcomed the start of the Block Offer 2013 process for awarding oil and gas exploration permits.
High praise for HNZC Canterbury team
Housing Minister Phil Heatley has congratulated Housing New Zealand’s Canterbury tenancy services team on its success at the annual Australasian Housing Institute Awards in Sydney.
Thursday, 1 November 2012
Housing NZ hits Christchurch repair target
Housing New Zealand has met its target of completing repairs to 212 earthquake-damaged houses in Christchurch by the end of October.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Government seeks feedback on mining reviews
The Government is calling for public feedback on proposed changes to royalties and the taxation of minerals.
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Upgrade an example of quality social housing
Housing Minister Phil Heatley says the $34.4 million upgrade to Wellington’s Central Park Apartments is a great example of good quality social housing.
Mr Heatley and Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown reopened the complex this afternoon.
Monday, 29 October 2012
Affordable housing action well underway
Housing Minister Phil Heatley says the Government is already in the process of implementing key components of the Productivity Commission's advice to address affordable housing, and has plans for more action.
Thursday, 18 October 2012
New Christchurch offices for Housing NZ
Housing New Zealand’s new offices in central Christchurch have been officially opened by Housing Minister Phil Heatley.
Maui gas outage review finished
The Government's review of the October 2011 Maui gas pipeline outage and subsequent work shows that steps needed to strengthen the gas system are being taken, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley said today.
Friday, 5 October 2012
Gisborne leads the country on insulation uptake
Minister of Energy and Resources Phil Heatley has congratulated Gisborne region homeowners, charitable trusts, and insulation installers on achieving the greatest regional uptake of the Government’s Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart insulation programme.
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
New tool helps SMEs to cut their power bills
A new tool to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to cut their power costs by switching electricity providers is a welcome initiative, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley says.
Friday, 28 September 2012
Social Housing Fund allocation announced
Housing Minister Phil Heatley has released the Social Housing Fund Allocation Plan, setting out how the $104.1 million allocated in this year’s Budget will be spent on funding non-government housing providers over the next three years.
Study commissioned on East Coast oil & gas potential
A joint economic development study has been commissioned to look at the potential for and benefits of developing an oil and gas industry on the North Island’s East Coast.
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Safer outcomes for gas and electrical work
Changes to gas and electrical certification regimes mean safer outcomes for consumers, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley and Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson said today.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
New Bill to amend Crown Minerals Act
A new Bill to strengthen management of Crown-owned minerals passed its first reading in Parliament today.
Friday, 21 September 2012
Truck fuel efficiency has benefits for everyone
Truckies and fleet operators could each save tens of thousands of dollars every year under a new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) programme launched by Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley at Parliament today.
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Villages milestone 'just the beginning'
Over 150 households have been accommodated and moved through Canterbury’s three temporary accommodation villages since the first of them, at Kaiapoi, was set up in July last year, Housing Minister Phil Heatley said today.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
312 state house tenancies ended for dishonesty
Housing New Zealand has terminated 312 tenancies in the year to 30 June 2012 after investigations found the tenants had obtained a state house or taxpayer-subsidised rent by lying about their circumstances, Housing Minister Phil Heatley said today.
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Awards celebrate energy excellence
The 2012 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards presented in Auckland last night were welcome recognition of excellence and achievement across the electricity, oil, gas and petroleum industries in New Zealand, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley says.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Mill Creek development boost for economy
Meridian Energy’s Mill Creek wind farm near Wellington is a welcome boost to the local economy and will be a significant contributor to future renewable energy, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley says.
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Urban redevelopment company to transform Tāmaki
The Government and the Auckland Council signed a Heads of Agreement today to jointly form New Zealand’s first urban redevelopment company to transform Tâmaki (including Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure) in Auckland over the next 15-25 years.
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Appointment to Housing New Zealand board
Enid Ratahi-Pryor has been appointed to the Housing New Zealand Corporation board for a three-year term, Housing Minister Phil Heatley announced today.
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Minister to attend APEC energy meeting
Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley heads overseas today to attend the 10th APEC Energy Ministers Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, and the Ministerial Forum on Offshore Energy Safety in Norway.
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
New social housing units in Canterbury
Social Housing Unit funding is to provide 25 new housing units for vulnerable people living in Christchurch.