Selwyn MP Amy Adams has welcomed a Government announcement of nearly $2 million of funding for new classrooms at Tai Tapu school.
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today that nine new classrooms will be built at Tai Tapu school. The buildings are part of a broader classroom-building programme which will address the capacity needs for the Selwyn region.
New Zealand is on track to phase out bulk imports of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by the end of this year, Environment Minister Amy Adams says.
“HCFCs are the last controlled ozone-depleting substance for New Zealand to phase out under the Montreal Protocol, and New Zealand is well ahead of the 2030 international deadline to phase out imports,” Ms Adams says.
All twelve rural schools in remote locations around Gisborne and Wairoa now have faster broadband, as a result of the Government’s broadband initiatives, Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams announced today.
Local communications company Gisborne Net has successfully completed the installation of point-to-point wireless broadband for the 12 schools, under a contract signed with the Government last year.
National tightened overseas travel rules for beneficiaries as part of our welfare reforms and we’ve saved New Zealanders more than $10.5 million through benefit suspensions for those who took unapproved trips.
More than 21,000 people had their benefit cut for travelling overseas since July last year.
We often hear stories of how people cannot live on the benefit. Now we’re hearing that literally thousands can not only live on it, but can afford to travel overseas on it.
National is committed to responsibly managing the Government’s finances, and that means making sure taxpayer dollars are not being used when they shouldn’t be.
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Under National, recorded crime has fallen 20 per cent over the past four years. This is nearly 91,000 fewer offences in 2013, compared to 2009.
The 2013 Police crime statistics show great results for communities across New Zealand. They reflect the hard work of our Police, as well as National’s commitment to tackling crime.
A 155 per cent increase in Police foot patrols over two years, and the half a million additional frontline hours for officers delivered by the use of smartphones and tablets, are contributing to our falling crime rate.
Delivering better public services for New Zealand families is one of National’s priorities, and we are well on our way to reaching our targets to reduce crime in our communities.
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ACC is integral to National’s commitment to building better public services. Our reforms have seen a dramatic turnaround in ACC’s finances and now we are passing the savings on to Kiwi households.
As of April 1, an average household will now be just over $200 a year better off. Small businesses will be about $180 a year better off and larger employers will receive, on average, a $6000 reduction.
These cuts largely reflect accounts paid into by workers and employers being fully-funded. This means there is enough money in those accounts to cover the cost of claims.
We are committed to ACC’s continuing sustainability - it’s important ACC is not only financially sound, but is trusted to support Kiwis when they need it.
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Environment Minister Amy Adams has welcomed a new report on cleaning-up the Manawatu River, saying it shows that progress can be made even on the most difficult environmental problems when communities work together.
“It is still early days as far as the time frames for cleaning up polluted water ways are concerned, but I am pleased to see the Manawatu Leaders Accord reporting overall improving trends in nutrient levels and levels of bacteria in the Manawatu River,” Ms Adams says.