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


AREDS crucial to Auckland and NZ's future

AREDS crucial to Auckland and NZ's future

Minister for Auckland Issues Judith Tizard has welcomed the launch of the Auckland Regional Economic Development Strategy as the next step in realising Auckland's economic potential for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Judith Tizard attended the launch of AREDS tonight at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, where Prime Minister Helen Clark handed the strategy to the Establishment Group charged with overseeing its implementation.

"The Auckland region has the greatest capacity to increase New Zealand's GDP earnings," said Judith Tizard. "This strategy sets out how government agencies, business and local government can help Auckland regional businesses develop overseas markets, grow exports and attract investment.

"Three years ago Prime Minister Helen Clark and I attended the launch of the Auckland Regional Growth Strategy, Land Transport Strategy, and Passenger Transport Action Plan.

"That was the first time in 25 years that the Auckland region developed forward-looking strategies that provided a vision for the future and a commitment to work in partnership with each other, with Auckland's communities and with the government to ensure the region gets its fair share of infrastructure and development money.

"AREDS is the next major step. The strategy sets out a clear plan for getting Auckland onto the global stage as a great place to live and work. Its implementation is crucial and the momentum is clear in the Auckland region.

"It must be done with maximum community consultation and co-ordination across the region between local government, business, Maori, and government agencies.

"This strategy contains a message for central government departments and agencies: that a whole-of-government approach is essential for the Auckland region to achieve its economic potential.

"As Minister for Auckland Issues I will continue to work across government to ensure the Auckland region has all the assistance it needs to implement the strategy."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election