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.
Good morning. It is a pleasure to be invited to speak at this year’s NetHui.
Can I begin by acknowledging InternetNZ for organising this event, and for their on-going work in ensuring that key issues affecting the development of our digital future continue to be prominently and actively debated.
In particular, I want to acknowledge InternetNZ’s ongoing work on:
•The World Internet Project looking at the state of the Internet in New Zealand; •The transition to IPv6; •Fostering discussions on human rights and the Internet; and •Helping to promote broadband access
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced the Government has agreed to a request by the Christchurch City Council for an accelerated district plan review process.
At present, Christchurch has two district plans – the Christchurch City Plan and the Banks Peninsula District Plan. Both plans were developed in the 1990s and have been amended incrementally since then.
Until 1 July, New Zealand had one of the highest vehicle inspection frequencies in the world. Our six-monthly inspection system dated to the 1930s and was overdue for modernisation.
The National-led Government has led sensible and balanced changes to ensure our warrant of fitness (WoF) system is efficient, effective, and safe. This is part of growing a more competitive and productive economy.
Now, vehicles first registered on or after 1 January 2000 will move to annual WoF inspections for their lifetime. For new vehicles, after an initial inspection, another WoF won't be required until the third anniversary of their first registration.
Our changes represent a precautionary approach to older vehicles, while recognising the improving safety of newer vehicles. They will save every vehicle owner time and money, while keeping safety as our highest priority.
From 1 July every child born in New Zealand will be able to be vaccinated against rotavirus for free.
Almost every young child will catch rotavirus at some point before they are three, unless they’re immunised. Most recover easily, but 600 – 800 Kiwi kids are admitted to hospital each year with complications such as dehydration.
Latest results show 91 per cent of eight-month-olds have received all their vaccinations. We are well on our way towards our Better Public Services target of 95 per cent by December 2014.
New Zealand has gone from having one of the lowest immunisation rates in the world to levels comparable with other OECD countries, including Australia.
National is committed to keeping our kids safe from easily preventable diseases – like whooping cough and rotavirus.