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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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Tāmaki regeneration under new leadership
Bill English | HNZC Experienced director John Robertson has been appointed as Chairman of the Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC), the Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand Bill English says. TRC was established in 2012 to lead the Tāmaki Regeneration Programme, which will see the delivery of 7500 social, affordable and private homes in Auckland over the next 10-15 years. It is a joint venture between Auckland Council and the Government and requires one Board director to be appointed by the Council, and one by the Crown, with the remaining directors appointed by joint decision. ...read more
Accessible Properties preferred provider in Tauranga
Bill English | HNZC IHC subsidiary Accessible Properties has been chosen as the preferred provider to take over the ownership of Housing New Zealand’s properties in Tauranga, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say. Accessible Properties was one of three shortlisted respondents asked to submit a formal proposal to purchase the 1124 properties and take over the management of their tenancies. The Government is now working with Accessible Properties to finalise the agreement. It is expected negotiations will be completed by October with a final decision to be made shortly after. ...read more
Deputy PM presents certificates to prisoners
Bill English | Deputy Prime Minister Deputy Prime Minister Bill English today presented certificates of achievement to eight graduates of the Howard League’s Literacy Programme at Rimutaka Prison. “Being able to read increases the chances of inmates turning their lives around when they leave prison and look for work,” Mr English says. About 70 per cent of prison inmates have low levels of reading and writing. ...read more
EOI sought for Tāmaki redevelopment
Bill English | Building and Housing Invitations for expressions of interest (EOI) in the Tāmaki redevelopment reaffirm the Government’s commitment to a large-scale transformation of housing in Auckland, Ministers Bill English and Dr Nick Smith say. The redevelopment of 2500 state-owned houses in the area is being led by the Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC), a joint venture between Auckland Council and the Government.   ...read more



 
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