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/////////////////////////////////////////// All Whites wished all the best as they embark on final steps to the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 04:51 PM PST

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson is wishing the All Whites success as they embark on the final legs of their FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign against Peru at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Saturday. The teams will face off in a final qualifying game at Estadio Nacional de Lima on 15 November. “Only two All Whites teams have ever qualified for the FIFA World Cup, and Coach Anthony Hudson has named his most experienced squad to give New Zealand the best fighting chance of getting to Russia in 2018,” said Minister Robertson. “I will never forget the last time we qualified, when Rory Fallon scored the decisive goal to defeat Bahrain at Westpac Stadium and send the All Whites to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It remains the most exciting live sport event I have ever attended. With a sell-out crowd I am sure we can re-create that atmosphere again on Saturday. “There is no doubt that facing World No. 10 Peru is a huge challenge, but the All Whites are capable of pulling off a victory, especially in front of a proud and loud home crowd. “Hudson has named a hugely experienced squad for the two-legged tie – with the likes of captain Winston Reid, striker Chris Wood, defender Tommy Smith and midfielder Ryan Thomas – as New Zealand looks to make it a memorable night in the capital. “I want to congratulate New Zealand Football on the hard work that has gone into supporting the squad, as well as preparing for and organising the match. Go the All Whites – let’s do this!”

/////////////////////////////////////////// Government welcomes World Trade Organisation ruling against Indonesian agricultural trade barriers

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 02:00 AM PST

Minister for Trade and Export Growth, David Parker, today welcomed the World Trade Organisation (WTO) decision to uphold New Zealand’s case against agricultural trade barriers imposed by Indonesia. On 9 November, the WTO's Appellate Body confirmed that a number of Indonesian agricultural trade barriers are inconsistent with global trade rules. The decision upholds key findings of a WTO dispute settlement Panel, which in December last year ruled in New Zealand's favour and was subsequently appealed by Indonesia. New Zealand and the US initiated the case in 2013 in response to a range of next-generation agricultural “non-tariff” barriers applied by Indonesia to imports since 2011. They include import prohibitions, behind-the-border use and sale restrictions on imports, restrictive import licensing, and a domestic purchase condition. This WTO case illustrates the value that New Zealand, as a small country, gains from international trade rules. Mike Moore, when Director-General of the WTO, described its dispute settlement system as “the jewel in its crown”. The last WTO case that New Zealand brought to the WTO challenged an Australian ban on our apples, which we initiated in 2007. “These barriers affect opportunities for many New Zealand agricultural exporters, including producers of onions, apples and beef,” Mr Parker says. “The restrictions are commercially significant for those exporters, and are estimated to have now cost the New Zealand beef sector close to a billion dollars of lost exports into an important market.” “This decision from the WTO's highest dispute settlement body is an important result for our agricultural exporters and should pave the way to grow New Zealand exports to the Indonesian market.” In 2010, prior to the introduction of the challenged restrictions, Indonesia was New Zealand's second-largest beef export market by volume, worth $180 million a year. That trade subsequently plummeted by 85 percent. This case aims to secure more open and predictable access into Indonesia for a range of our exports. "New Zealand has a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with Indonesia, and this trade disagreement is only a small part of that broader bilateral relationship. “Indonesia’s approach to these WTO hearings has been exemplary. The tone has been collegial and constructive. In the proceedings Indonesia also underlined the longstanding and mutually respectful relationship that Indonesia enjoys with New Zealand and a desire to strengthen this important relationship. “I look forward to working with my Indonesian counterpart over the coming months to finalise resolution of this long-standing trade issue,” says Mr Parker. Further information about the dispute can be found at

/////////////////////////////////////////// Equal pay awards champions show the way for New Zealand employers

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 10:30 PM PST

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter congratulates champions of the 2017 YWCA Equal Pay Awards, Lion and HR director at Simpson Grierson Jo Copeland, awarded this evening.

“Employers honoured tonight are leading the way for all New Zealand employers who want to close the gender pay gap. We can all learn from their example and reap the benefits for people and business” said Ms Genter.

“Congratulations to Lion and Jo Copeland for their outstanding efforts to ensure that better employment practices are the new norm.

“People should be paid fairly for their work and most people agree that they should not be paid less because they are a woman.

“As Minister for Women I am committed to closing the gender pay gap, starting with the core public service, and working on pay equality issues for New Zealand women.

“The YWCA Equal Pay Awards are a great way for employers to show their progress and encourage others.

“I am particularly pleased to see such a range of companies and organisations entering the awards this year.

“I encourage all New Zealand organisations to look at what they can do to understand and close their gender pay gaps, and to put it into practice,” said Ms Genter.

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