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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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Revenue below forecast despite stronger economy
Bill English | Finance Despite stronger economic growth, government revenue continued to track below forecast in the seven months to 31 January, Finance Minister Bill English says. “This makes it even more important for the Government to continue carefully managing its spending as we target a return to surplus next year,” he says. The Government’s financial statements for the seven months show the operating deficit before gains and losses at $1.06 billion, or almost $640 million larger than forecast in the Half-Year Update in December. ...read more
Fletcher Building boss appointed to B20
Bill English | Finance Fletcher Building CEO and managing director Mark Adamson has been appointed New Zealand’s representative on the Australian B20 Leadership Group, Finance Minister Bill English says. The B20, or Business 20, runs parallel to the influential G20 – the group of 19 nations plus the European Union - which meets regularly to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy and create jobs. Australia this year holds the G20 presidency and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has invited New Zealand to participate as a guest. ...read more
New structure for Genesis Energy share offer
Bill English | Finance The Government has today confirmed that the Genesis Energy share offer will proceed next month with a different structure from previous Government share offers. The Genesis offer is expected to open in the second half of March with the company expected to be listed on the sharemarket around mid-April, subject to market conditions, Finance Minister Bill English says. ...read more



 
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