Natural resource industries were the foundation for economic activity in most regional economies, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said yesterday.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has admitted there was no ''robust and accepted methodology'' behind shifting Invermay jobs, Labour's MP for Dunedin North David Clark says.
New measures to catch tardy overseas student loan borrowers are working, despite arrears passing half a billion dollars in the last year, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce believes opportunities were lost to strengthen research links between AgResearch's Invermay centre and the University of Otago.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is being urged to review the proposal by AgResearch to cut 85 jobs from Invermay and shift them to either Lincoln or Palmerston North by 2016.
The Government is involved in a broad range of economic development initiatives in the Otago region and throughout New Zealand to encourage new investment, jobs and growth, says Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce in response to the concerns identified in Stand up Otago.
The Government was doing plenty to encourage economic growth in Dunedin, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said in Parliament yesterday.
The University of Otago needs to target international students more ''aggressively'' after having the largest decline in international numbers of any New Zealand university this year, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says.
Steven Joyce has vowed to do all he can to encourage universities to be more actively involved in their business communities when he becomes the Minister of Business, Innovation and Employment on July 1.
New "Super Ministry'' head Steven Joyce says there is "no doubt'' jobs will be cut in the government department merger planned for July.
The Government is to get tough on New Zealanders overseas who refuse to pay down their student loans and may use court orders to have them repay their entire debt, as part of a package to reduce the ballooning cost of the scheme.
The Government has already committed $750 million to help KiwiRail and it would be hard to argue it should follow that up with a subsidy to build its wagons, Transport Minister Steven Joyce says.
Following the announcement of a merger between the Eastern Institute of Technology and Tairawhiti Polytechnic, Labour is calling on the Government to support regional polytechnics.
Nearly 900,000 people have taken student loans since the scheme started, and more than two-thirds have not fully repaid the money.
Dunedin's biggest commuter bus companies will ask the Government to reconsider cutting travel subsidies to stave off potentially significant financial losses.
Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce says he is "comfortable" thousands of tertiary students will not get student loans to continue their studies next year.
Changes to the rules surrounding the Government's rural broadband initiative (RBI) could cause a battle for market supremacy between Telecom and Auckland-based energy company Vector.
Young people unable to find a job and unable to get into Otago Polytechnic because of a roll cap next year "will be on the street", an angry Otago Polytechnic council member said yesterday.
Otago Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker has dismissed as "impractical" a suggestion some Government tertiary funding be linked to students' employment outcomes.