Environment Minister Amy Adams has released a review into the effectiveness of the waste disposal levy, which makes recommendations to improve fairness in the way the levy is applied and to increase the amount of information available about waste and recycling in New Zealand.
The $10 per tonne waste disposal levy was introduced in 2009 under the Waste Minimisation Act (WMA) and applies to waste landfilled at defined facilities.
National is creating a new taskforce to get rid of loopy rules and regulations that frustrate property owners and councils.
The Rules Reduction Taskforce will be up and running in October. It will include specialists from the building and trades sector.
Anyone doing building work knows how frustrating and costly the bureaucracy can get. We want to hear from property owners, builders, tradespeople, and businesses on rules and regulations that are crying out for sensible change. There will be a website where people can send examples.
There are existing rules and regulations that made sense when they were brought in, but are now confusing, onerous, and don’t deliver any real benefit.
Delivering better public services for New Zealanders is one of National’s priorities, and this taskforce will do just that for hard-working Kiwis.
Under National, 12,109 hectares of Great Barrier Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf is to be set aside in a new Aotea Conservation Park, bringing significant conservation, recreational, and tourism benefits to Auckland.
The treasure of this new island park is its spectacular coastal and bluffed landscapes, rich forests, and unique species. The park will provide protection for New Zealand’s largest area of possum-free forest, including Auckland’s richest area for native freshwater species, plant, and birdlife.
The Government has also committed $2.5 million to restore tracks, bridges, repair huts, signage, campgrounds and DOC’s office on the island.
The new park will allow Aucklanders and visitors alike to get to know the natural wonders of their own city. We enjoy some of the most pristine and accessible natural beauty in the world and National is working hard to protect it.
Before National came to power, the welfare system wasn’t working.
We’ve reformed New Zealand’s welfare system to support people who need it the most.
Benefit figures show our approach is working – the number of people on welfare for the June quarter is the lowest since 2008.
Sole parent support figures have dropped 10.7 per cent, and the number of 18 and 19-year-old teen parents on the Young Parent Payment has fallen 11.7 per cent.
We are also on track to achieve our Better Public Services target of a 30 per cent reduction in the number of people who have been continuously receiving working-age Jobseeker Support benefits, for more than 12 months, from 78,000 in April 2012 to 55,000 by June 2017.
Over the year to March 2014, the number of people on Jobseeker Support for more than 12 months dropped by 6,434 – an 8.5 per cent decrease.
National’s focus on building a more competitive and productive economy and delivering better public services is making a real difference in the lives of New Zealanders.
Labour’s ICT policy to carry out review after review instead of focussing on actually connecting New Zealanders to faster broadband would increase the digital divide, Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams says.
“Labour’s underwhelming ICT policy is to review the Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative (UFB), review the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), review Crown Fibre Holdings and review the Telecommunications Act,” Ms Adams says.
Environment Minister Amy Adams says the Greens announcement today is just the latest step in their anti-jobs, anti-growth, stop everything manifesto.
“Improving the quality of our freshwater is important to us all but the Greens approach is costly and impractical. Approaching improvement through blanket bans and requirements for every drainage ditch across New Zealand to be maintained at a swimming pool standard just shows that the Greens have once again confirmed they are the anti-growth Party, by pursuing polices that would hurt households and damage the creation of new jobs across regional New Zealand for little real gain,” Ms Adams says.