Health targets are delivering better health results across the board, part of National’s priority to deliver better public services.
We are nearing our 95 per cent target in emergency medicine – in the past quarter, 94 per cent of patients across New Zealand were either admitted, discharged, or transferred from an emergency department within six hours of arriving.
This is the best result since records began.
Around New Zealand, district health boards delivered more elective surgeries than planned –since 2008 we have lifted the number of patients receiving elective surgery by 40,000.
The progress towards our health targets is providing a balance of better prevention and improved access, and I’m pleased this is delivering great results for all New Zealanders.
Under National, more than 3,700 prisoners will have access to drug and alcohol treatment for their addictions this year. This will rise to 4,700 next year, up from 234 in 2007/08.
That’s an increase of almost 1500 per cent since Labour was in power.
National’s been working hard on our Better Public Services target of a 25 per cent reduction in reoffending by 2017. So far, Corrections has reduced reoffending by 11.8 per cent – that’s 8668 fewer victims of crime each year.
Most prisoners are released back into communities. If we can give them the opportunity to change their lives while they’re inside prison, there is a greater chance they will stay away from crime when they are released, making our communities safer.
Information and Communications Technology Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the agreement by Crown Fibre Holdings and Chorus on the first tranche of amendments to the companies’ Ultra-Fast Broadband contract.
The changes agreed by Crown Fibre Holdings and Chorus are intended to close some of the funding gap that was identified in the Government-commissioned independent report by Ernst & Young Australia (EY).
Under National, three new marine reserves surrounding the Antipodes Islands, the Bounty Islands, and Campbell Islands, in New Zealand’s Subantarctic ocean, have been established.
These areas are considered some of the most pristine marine environments in the world, and the reserves aim to keep them that way. The area coming under protection is 13 times larger than the total area of all the reserves on New Zealand’s three main islands. National has ensured there is complete ecosystem protection covering the land and the sea of these Subantarctic Islands.
At the heart of National’s “Bluegreen” approach to marine reserves are the principles of environmental sustainability and conservation – meeting the needs of the present generation while protecting and preserving our environment for generations to come.
Tourism is a critical part of National’s priority to build a more competitive and productive economy.
The New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Rides are going from strength to strength. A recent report showed they experienced a 56 per cent average growth rate in 2013, with an estimated 97,000 trail users in January 2014 alone.
This meant 97,000 cyclists spending money in shops, hotels, cafes, and restaurants right around the country. We want to ensure the trails continue to provide economic benefit to their local communities.
To do this, we are investing $8 million over four years into a contestable fund to assist with maintaining the trails. The Great Rides are a valuable tourism asset for New Zealand, and it is important they maintain their high-quality reputation and continue to provide an excellent experience for riders.
The topics that will be reported on in each domain report and the synthesis reports will be prescribed in regulations.
Proscribing topics in regulations will ensure that environmental reporting provides necessary evidence for policy-making, and will improve clarity across the wider system about information needs and data improvement priorities, helping focus investment in improvements.
Selwyn MP Amy Adams has welcomed a Government announcement confirming that two new schools will be established in Rolleston to cater for the growing population.
A new primary school called West Rolleston Primary School will open in 2016, catering for Year 1-8 students, and a new secondary school called Rolleston Secondary School will open in the Rolleston recreation precinct in 2017 for Year 9-13 students.