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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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First new houses at Fenchurch opened
Bill English | Building and Housing A milestone in the first phase of the long-term plans of the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company (TRC) was reached today with Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith opening the first completed homes as part of the Fenchurch neighbourhood regeneration project at Glen Innes, Auckland. ...read more
Terms of Reference agreed for Auckland
Bill English | Finance The Government has today signed a Terms of Reference with Auckland Council, setting out how central and local government will work together to agree on an approach to develop the city’s transport system. “Over 700,000 additional people are expected to live in Auckland by 2045,” Mr English says. “Long-term solutions for Auckland’s transport system are central to ensuring it remains a great place to live and do business, and it is also important for the economy as a whole.” ...read more
Speech to the Treasury Guest Lecture Series on Social Investment
Bill English | Finance Good afternoon, and thank you for having me here today. It is a pleasure to launch this Treasury Guest Lecture Series focused on social investment. As some of you may know, I actually started my public sector career at Treasury as a graduate in 1987. It’s good to see so many people from other government agencies, tertiary institutions, NGOs and the private sector in the room. I’m here today to talk about social services, particularly for the most vulnerable New Zealanders. ...read more
Ministers welcome Productivity Commission report on social services
Bill English | Finance The Productivity Commission’s latest report on social services in New Zealand will be a valued input into the Government’s ongoing programme of public sector reform, Finance Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Paula Bennett say. The Commission found there are significant opportunities to improve the support given to the most vulnerable New Zealanders. “The Government agrees with the Commission’s analysis of the weakness in our current social delivery systems,” Mr English says. ...read more

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