Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed SkyCity’s
planned submission today of a resource consent application for the
construction of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).
“This is an important step toward achieving an international-standard convention centre in central Auckland,” Mr Joyce says.
“The centre will drive a significant increase in tourism expenditure
through the estimated 33,000 additional convention delegates that it is
expected to bring to Auckland each year.”
The Crown and SkyCity have been working collaboratively on a design
for a building that will enhance the central Auckland urban landscape
and ensure that New Zealand is able to compete effectively with
Australia and Asia to attract high-value business visitors.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today released the summary of submissions received in response to the Government's first Draft National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI), which sets out the current settings and proposed future priorities for the Government’s science investment.
The Draft NSSI was released for public feedback in May. It reviews the entire cross-government investment in research and development, and proposes potential reforms to the sector-specific research funds administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
“Most submitters noted that the draft NSSI provides a good overview of the whole science system, and appreciated the opportunity to be consulted on the future direction of New Zealand’s science system,” Mr Joyce says.
“A strong theme among responders was that a long-term national science strategy would provide stability and predictability to a system that they felt had been subject to significant change in recent years.
Minister Responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce, has announced that Cabinet has finalised funding arrangements for Education Payroll Limited for the 2014/15 year.
The customisations of the Novopay software have now been valued at $9.4 million. This takes the total value of the settlement paid by Talent2 to the Ministry of Education to between $29 million and $32 million.
Cabinet has also finalised the costs of the transition to and operation of the company for the 2014/15 year, and will make an additional appropriation of $8.7m to meet those costs.
“The operating costs of the service have declined nearly $8 million on last year, but are still unacceptably high at $35 million for the year. The one-off settlement offsets a lot of that expenditure in the current year, but now the system is steadily improving we need to work to bring the ongoing annual costs to a sustainable level,” says Mr Joyce.
The Government is targeting for the operating costs of the service to be similar to the projected cost of operating the previous (Datacom) service by 2016/17. However that will require further budget appropriations in Budget 2015 as the current appropriation for the service reflects the prices agreed with Talent2 back in 2008.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today welcomed the announcement that Wynyard Group will locate its new global research and development facility within the Christchurch Innovation Precinct.
Wynyard specialises in advanced crime analytics and risk management software, and will house about 100 of its staff on the former McKenzie and Willis site, with plans to preserve the building’s historic High Street façade.
The site will also double as Wynyard’s global training facility for staff from its offices in the United States, Britain, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia.
“The Precinct is fast becoming a top address for innovative firms located in the city,” Mr Joyce says. “As a market leader in advanced crime analytics software and services, Wynyard is a very good fit.”
Wynyard will join key anchor tenants Vodafone and Kathmandu, alongside the new ICT Graduate School, Innovation Hub, and supporting agencies Callaghan Innovation and NZTE.
"This exciting array of companies will strengthen the innovation ecosystem in the new-look Christchurch CBD, and foster a culture of collaboration and adaptation by bringing together talented people and businesses in one location,” Mr Joyce says.
The Christchurch Innovation Precinct covers an area of approximately 3.6 hectares in the south-east corner of the Urban Frame and is located within three city blocks bounded by Lichfield, Manchester, St Asaph, High, Tuam and Madras Streets.
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced appointments to four tertiary education institution councils, including two new council members and three reappointments.
“I am pleased to welcome these high-calibre new council appointees into their roles. I also welcome the reappointment of three council members in recognition of their high quality contribution,” Mr Joyce says.
“I also wish to thank outgoing council members for the valuable service they have provided.”
The new appointments are:
University of Waikato: appointment of Simon Graafhuis as a member
WelTec Whitireia combined council: appointment of Josie Adlam as a member.
The reappointments are:
University of Otago: reappointment of Chancellor John Ward as a member
Te Wānanga o Raukawa: reappointment of Eddie Ellison as a member
WelTec Whitireia combined council: reappointment of Vaughan Renner as a member and Deputy Chair.
In the National-led Government, Hon Steven Joyce is Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Minister Responsible for Novopay, and Associate Minister of Finance. This website is funded by The Parliamentary Service and authorised by Steven Joyce MP, Executive Wing, Parliament, Molesworth St, Wellington.