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I am proud to serve as your MP for Selwyn, a role I have held since 2008. Selwyn is a vibrant electorate with a rapidly growing population and an expanding economy that offers many exciting opportunities for the future. When I am out and about attending events in the electorate, I am always inspired by the many fantastic people I meet from all walks of life.
My ministerial responsibilities do mean that I am required to spend a lot of time in Wellington. However, if you live in the Selwyn electorate and have an issue I can help with or something that you think I should know about, please get in touch with my office in Templeton. They are my representatives in the electorate when I am away in Wellington and are able to advise you on the best course of action for your situation.
Discussing policy initiatives with Hon Maggie Barry
Tourism is our second biggest export earner, and the Government is committed to ensuring New Zealand remains a great visitor destination. Part of our programme to support tourism is the Tourism Growth Partnership, with a $32 million contestable Government fund to boost innovation and productivity in the tourism sector.
Promoting New Zealand’s unique cultural aspects, restoring visitor confidence in the Canterbury region and growing emerging markets such as China, Southeast Asia, and South America are among the priorities of this funding programme.
The third round of funding is now open. For each project approved for investment, the Government provides up to 50 per cent of the required funding. For more information, go to: https://www.national.org.nz/news/news/media-releases/detail/2014/10/28/tourism-fund-opens-for-third-round
Faster internet for schools
The Government’s rollout of fast internet to schools means 40 per cent of New Zealand schools are now connected to the Managed Network, enabling speedier access to the internet and more reliable connections for more than 290,000 students.
The Network now has 1,000 schools connected to it, helping to ensure our young people are equipped with the technology, skills, and education they need to be successful in employment and in life, no matter where they are in New Zealand.
The Government is investing $211 million in the Managed Network, providing quick and reliable internet with uncapped data, web filtering, and network security services for all schools wishing to participate.
Fewer people on benefits
Thousands of New Zealanders and their families can now face the future with more financial independence as they move off benefits and into work. There are over 10,000 fewer people on welfare compared to September last year and 70 per cent of these are sole parents.
The headway we are making now will pay off for generations as sole parents, particularly those who go on benefits in their teens, have the highest lifetime costs of any group on welfare, and put their kids at risk of becoming trapped in welfare dependency.
First NZ job fairs in November
The first of the job fairs to encourage more Kiwis to return home and skilled Australians to settle here will be held in Perth and Sydney next month. Further events will follow in Melbourne and Brisbane in the first quarter of next year.
The job fairs aim to help fill emerging skills gaps and support thriving New Zealand-based businesses.
Some New Zealand employers, particularly in the construction, engineering and ICT sectors, are finding it hard to recruit sufficient skilled and experienced workers. We are training a lot more people in these targeted areas. However, some of the companies are growing at a very fast rate as our economy grows, and we don’t want to restrict their capacity to keep growing.
Collecting for Breast Cancer's Pink Ribbon Appeal
Earlier this month I joined the fantastic people out collecting for the Pink Ribbon Appeal in Rolleston. Breast cancer is a significant cause of illness and death for New Zealand women so well done to all of those who got involved either collecting or donating this month so that we can continue to raise awareness of early signs of the disease and make further advances in treatment.
Collecting in Rolleston with Valerie van den Boomen and Sophie Yale
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
Amy Adams with Prime Minister John Key.