Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

BUDGET SUMMARY – Investing in people

budget 2001
Investing in people


Education
- $30 million over four years for an early childhood education equity funding initiatives and $18 million to improve adult literacy.

- $27.4 million over four years to develop school principals' leadership and skills. A variety of other initiatives to improve teacher quality and school administration.

- Increase in school operation funding.

Health
- $330 million increase in Vote: Health.

- $84 million a year built into permanent baselines to maintain gains in reducing waiting times for elective services and an additional $7.4 million above the $50 million increase in last year's budget for mental health.

- $3.9 million to improve the cervical screening programme.

Social Services
- $184.4 million over the next four years for the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services to implement Mick Brown's report: Care and Protection is about Adult Behaviour.

- A $44.7 million package to assist beneficiaries make the transition from welfare to work.

- $31.1 million to support "for community, by community" programmes.

Housing
- Funding to build 125 new community houses and to extend rent relief to cash-strapped community housing tenants.

- Commitment to build an additional 300 new state houses this year and to upgrade further 9000.

- More money into the rural home loans scheme.

Maori Affairs
- Overview from Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia on policies to strengthen Maori communities and advance Maori economically.

- $10 million a year for Maori television.

- $15 million over three years to directly resource local Maori initiatives.

Pacific Peoples
- $500,000 increase to the Pacific Business Trust.

- $2.8 million for Pacific health providers [contained in the health statements.]

Sports and Culture
- $100 million over the next five years to implement the recommendations of the Sport, Fitness and Leisure review.

- Funding package to support regional museums and galleries

Immigration
- Near doubling of the budget for refugee resettlement services.

Mediation
- Additional money to support the new Mediation Service.

Electoral Issues
- Improvements to electoral services, and to speed up vote counting on election night.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral meeting in Singapore with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting – which usually involves just an exchange of smiles and pleasantries before the media is sent out of the room – to launch into matters of genuine substance.

By doing so, Mahathir usefully exposed how New Zealand is trying to make a virtue out of sitting on the fence over the South China Sea dispute. More>>

 

Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Qualifications, Class Sizes: Ten Year Plan For Early Learning

“Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by the sector and experts in the new draft ten year strategic plan for early learning,” Chris Hipkins said. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Strikes: Meeting, March And Rally In Wellington

Throughout the Wellington region the NZEI rolling strikes entered their final day Friday. Thousands of teachers met in Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and the Wairarapa. More>>

ALSO:

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels