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ENG: Simon William "Bill" English (born 1961) is the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Infrastructure of New Zealand. Political career English entered parliament in 1990 as a National party MP representing the Wallace electorate. In 1999 English served as Minister of Finance for a brief period until National, under the leadership of Jenny Shipley at the time, lost the election later that year. In October 2001 he replaced Shipley as the leader of the National Party, but after a disastrous result in the 2002 election he was replaced as the leader by Don Brash in October 2003. After Don Brash's resignation in November 2006 he became deputy leader of the party under John Key, becoming the Deputy Prime Minister after a November 2008 election victory. English ...
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Be flexible with earthquake victims, English tells IRD,banks


Finance Minister Bill English has asked banks and the Inland Revenue Department to be flexible to help businesses stay afloat and still be able to pay wages in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquake.But he said employers will have to make their own decisions and some people might lose their jobs."Some of them will be in a sound enough position that they can expect to continue to pay [wages]. Some will have to make pretty quick decisions so employees have certainty either that they're employed or they're not."The great uncertainty is just how long it's going to take for these ...


English predicts hit to economy, then a rebound


Finance Minister Bill English is predicting that the economy will take a hit over the next two or three months because of the Christchurch earthquake, but that there will then be a rebound. The Treasury has calculated that the quake could cost $4 billion - double the figure first suggested by the Earthquake Commission. Mr English says the good news is that much of the cost is insured and there is money in Earthquake Commission and insurer reserves to get going right away. The cost to the Government is manageable, he says, if the Crown keeps its accounts under control. He says the important ...


SCF shareholders say Bill English out of line


Allan Hubbard says he is still too distressed to talk about what has happened to South Canterbury Finance, after giving a lifetime of service to the company.But plenty of people in Timaru are talking, and tvnz.co.nz's message board has been flooded with comment. Some are saying finance minister Bill English is out of line, in telling investors they should be thankful to the taxpayers. Hubbard and his wife were seen driving from the SCF offices today, an indication they are still working, despite the company being in receivership. ... There's less sympathy for Finance Minister Bill English's ...


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IMF to vet financial systems
Bill English | Finance A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in New Zealand tomorrow to begin assessing the stability of the country’s banking and insurance sectors and financial markets, Finance Minister Bill English says. The Financial Sector Assessment Programme is a routine part of the IMF’s financial surveillance. The last FSAP for New Zealand in 2004 found that the New Zealand banking system was efficient and adequately supervised. ...read more
Review shows planning rules are unresponsive
Bill English | Finance The draft Productivity Commission review of urban planning rules demonstrates that the current system has strengths but is also unresponsive and risk-averse, Finance Minister Bill English says. Late last year the Government asked the Commission to review urban planning rules and processes, and identify the most appropriate system for land use allocation. ...read more
Managing a Growing Economy: Challenges and Opportunities
Bill English | Finance Good afternoon and thank you for having me. I wanted to take the opportunity today to stand back a bit from some of the day to day issues and pick one of two things which are forcing us to change the way we think. But before I do that I want to cover the economy briefly. New Zealand’s economic prospects are good. There are a lot of events going on around the world that cause concern on any day of the week. We can’t do much about any of them. ...read more
Govt responds to land supply inquiry
Bill English | Finance The Government has released its response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry, Using Land for Housing, confirming it is already implementing most of the recommendations, Finance Minister Bill English says.   At the Government’s request, the Commission reviewed the planning and development systems in the fastest-growing urban areas around the country looking for ways to increase the supply of land for housing. It sits alongside a further Productivity Commission inquiry, into urban planning, which is expected to be released this year. ...read more



 
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