Partnership to address Rotorua housing issues

A new partnership between the Government, Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands and Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities is another step forward in addressing Rotorua’s housing issues and also driving job growth, says Housing Minister Megan Woods. The partnership signed today between Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands and Kāinga Ora follows last week’s announcement of Government funding […]readmore

Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand

New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre ·         A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB ·         A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island ·         Peer support in Rotorua and Taupō before and after residential care ·         Increased capacity specialist […]readmore

Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast

A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast,Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects and forms part of the $90 million […]readmore

Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible

Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: ·       Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours per week) and with no limit […]readmore

Millions for Westland infrastructure

Infrastructure projects on the West Coast will receive a $36 million kick-start to aid economic recovery to COVID-19, Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau announced at an event in Hokitika today. The West Coast Regional Council will receive $24 million for flood protection and climate resilience projects as part of the global allocation announced by the Government last […]readmore

Greymouth bridges: out with the old

Three old bridges in Greymouth will be replaced with help from a $13.4 million investment from the Government’s ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure contingency. Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau made the announcement today on behalf of the Government. “These worthwhile infrastructure projects will create jobs and increase the economic potential of the West Coast,” […]readmore

Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need

The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: ·       Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 by 6 months (16,500 workers) […]readmore

New Report on Auckland Port Relocation

The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a future government to determine a […]readmore

Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub

A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility houses representatives of 13 agencies from central government, […]readmore

Boost for Buller landfill and bridge

Buller District Council will receive an investment of nearly $3 million, to kick start the post-COVID 19 rebuild, Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau announced at an event today in Westport. “The Hector Historic Landfill will receive a $1million boost to begin immediate work on erosion protection and the construction of a rock protection wall, something locals […]readmore