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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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Fitch’s positive outlook backs Govt programme
Bill English | Finance Credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings’ decision to revise New Zealand’s AA sovereign rating outlook from stable to positive is a vote of confidence in the New Zealand economy and the Government’s programme, Finance Minister Bill English says. The positive outlook, which was announced overnight, indicates the likely direction of the credit rating over the next year or two, although it is not confirmation that a change will occur. ...read more
Careful spending in order as surplus within sight
Bill English | Finance The Government’s latest monthly financial accounts confirm that achieving a surplus in 2014/15 requires a determined focus on careful spending and responsible economic management, Finance Minister Bill English says. “Just as the Government’s careful fiscal stewardship has taken New Zealand within sight of fiscal surplus in the coming year, the last thing we need is a return to big government spending programmes that would crowd out private investment and put that surplus in jeopardy,” he says. ...read more
English attends B20 business forum in Sydney
Bill English | Finance Finance Minister Bill English will attend the B20 forum in Sydney this week, where around 300 business leaders from around the world will finalise private sector policy recommendations for the G20 leaders’ summit later this year. Australia, as host of the G20 this year, has invited New Zealand to attend as a guest alongside the G20 members. ...read more
Australian Treasurer Hockey to visit NZ next week
Bill English | Finance Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey will visit New Zealand between 21 and 23 July – his first visit to this country since becoming Treasurer last year, Finance Minister Bill English says. “I’m looking forward to hosting Mr Hockey for our annual bilateral meeting,” Mr English says. “We’ve enjoyed a strong and positive personal relationship going back a number of years and I’m looking forward to catching up with him once again. ...read more



 
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