Latest international figures on broadband speeds have reported New Zealand’s average connection speeds have increased by almost 60 per cent in the past year, said Communications Minister Amy Adams.
The Akamai State of the Internet report found that New Zealand’s average peak connection speed rose to 34.3 Mbps in the December 2014 quarter, representing a 59 per cent annual improvement – the highest increase in the Asia Pacific region.
Legislation modernising rules applying to Royal succession to the throne came into force today in New Zealand and in the 16 Realms that share the Queen as Head of State.
Justice Minister Amy Adams says the Royal Succession Act makes three specific changes to the Royal succession rules:
• the order of succession will no longer be based on gender and will allow an elder daughter to precede a younger son as heir to the throne. This rule will apply to any children in the line of succession born after 28 October 2011. • a person married to a Roman Catholic will be able to accede to the throne • seeking the Sovereign’s permission to marry, which currently applies to all members of the royal family, will be limited only to the first six in line to the throne.
New Zealanders are seeing huge improvements in the time it takes to access justice services with a big reduction in the average age of District Court criminal cases, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams announced.
As at the end of December 2014, there was a nationwide reduction of 21.5 per cent in the average age of criminal cases since April 2013 – with an average time of 99 days for active cases.
A senior retired Australian judge has been appointed to head up the inquiry into David Bain’s compensation claim, Justice Minister Amy Adams announced today.
Hon Ian Callinan AC QC, a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, has been appointed to conduct a fresh inquiry into Mr Bain’s claim for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
“Mr Callinan is a distinguished and highly respected member of the Australian legal fraternity. He brings a diverse mix of experience and expertise, following an exemplary career of nearly forty years practice as a lawyer and nine years on the bench of the High Court of Australia,” says Ms Adams.
Selwyn MP Amy Adams has welcomed the decision by Chorus to upgrade its copper wire broadband service to Tai Tapu.
“The population in Tai Tapu has grown significantly in the past few years and my office has received a number of complaints from local residents about internet services in the area, so it is great that Chorus has decided to invest in this upgrade,” Ms Adams said.
“This decision by Chorus, alongside its recently announced upgrade to its Kirwee cabinet, is great news for Selwyn and is a reflection that Chorus recognises the growing demand for faster broadband in our district for work and leisure,” Ms Adams said.