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Anderton's Enews: Covering 21 June to 14 July 2004

15 July 2004

Anderton's Enews - Covering 21 June to 14 July 2004

Dear readers

Welcome to the latest edition of my Enews.

The big announcements for these last few weeks are both in transport. Firstly, Transfund announced their massive $18.6 billion investment over ten years, for integrated transport infrastructure. This is the biggest investment ever made on our transport infrastructure.

The government will spend $1.4 billion over the next year, which is 50 per cent more than the National government ever spent on land transport. The funding includes the largest ever spending on public transport, cycling and walking facilities, state highways, local roads, maintenance and record spending on regional transport infrastructure.

The second big transport announcement was the government's investment in rail. After buying back the track for $1, the government has committed to investing $200 million over four years on upgrading it and replacing worn out pieces of the network. Piece by piece we are rebuilding New Zealand's infrastructure after the sell offs and privatisations of the 1980s and 1990s which led to such problems in rail, electricity and our national airline among other strategic assets.

It seems unbelievable that Mr Brash still wants to implement such short sighted policies. I recently visited the West Coast and reminded them that Brash would get rid of Kiwibank, the newly returned rail track, Air New Zealand and cheap doctors visits for under 18 and over 65 year old New Zealanders. Let's not go back to the failed policies of the past. The economy is finally flourishing because business and government are actively working together to boost our economic growth. You'll find my release and speech notes for my West Coast trip in the articles below.

Also see below for more information on recent news, including the music industry export report launch, plans to upgrade the Whanganui river road, new funding for business incubators, increases to paid parental leave payments, and the announcement of lower cost doctors visits for New Zealanders who are over age 65.

Warmest regards,

Jim Anderton Minister of Economic, Industry and Regional Development Associate Minister of Health, Minister responsible for Public Trust, Leader of the Progressive Party: we're positive about people and jobs

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Brash style policies left the Coast devastated but the Labour Progressive Government gets the job done Jim Anderton, 14 July 2004

While visiting the West Coast this week Jim Anderton has suggested Coasters remind Mr Brash of a few key points on his visit.

West Coast Grey Power speech Jim Anderton, 13 July 2004

Let's look at the record. The West Coast economy has expanded in every quarter since the beginning of 2000. That's seventeen consecutive quarters of growth on the Coast.

Successful business leaves Canterbury Incubator to go it alone Jim Anderton, 08 July 2004

When I was first invited to an 'exit function' I had to double check the invitation. I'm used to going to lots of openings - but one wants to be sure an 'exit' isn't some kind of euphemism. I'm delighted that it's a symbol of growth.

Excellence in exporting awards speech Jim Anderton, 08 July 2004

I'm very supportive of business awards of all descriptions. It's important to celebrate success in business.

Expansion of Montgomery Watson Harza Global Jim Anderton, 08 July 2004

It's easy to feel excited about the level of innovation and technology success in Christchurch right now. I've just come from a function at the Canterbury Innovation Incubator. Whenuapai Report released Jim Anderton, 07 July 2004

Defence Minister Mark Burton today released a report on the public consultation process over the future use and disposal process for Whenuapai airbase. It concludes the first stage of the process, and supports the need for a thorough analysis as the next step in determining any future use of the land.

Turning up the volume on music exports Jim Anderton, 07 July 2004

Moves to help New Zealand musicians achieve more export success, have been welcomed by Economic Development Minister, Jim Anderton and Associate Arts Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard today, speaking at the launch of the Music Industry Export Development Group.

Also: speech.

Anderton welcomes Emirates Airlines inaugural flight into Christchurch Jim Anderton, 02 July 2004

I would like to congratulate Mr Al-Gaith of Emirates and George Bellow of Christchurch International Airport for working together to bring Emirates to Christchurch. Whanganui river road upgrade to promote development Jim Anderton, 01 July 2004

Minister for Regional Development, Jim Anderton, today welcomed Transfund's decision to place the long sought-after proposal to strengthen and seal the Whanganui River Road onto its road construction priority list. Expats given assistance to develop our global connections Jim Anderton, 01 July 2004

The Kiwi Expat Association has been awarded $200,000 from the Ministry of Economic Development's Sector Initiatives Fund, to assist them in building up our global connections, Jim Anderton, Minister of Economic Development, announced today. Northland roading improvements will support economic development Jim Anderton, 01 July 2004

Minister for Regional Development, Jim Anderton, today welcomed Transfund's decision to further invest in the roading infrastructure in Northland. Gisborne and Hawkes Bay roading improvements will support economic development Jim Anderton, 01 July 2004

Minister for Regional Development, Jim Anderton, today welcomed Transfund's decision to further invest in the roading infrastructure in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. Transport law changes to improve public safety Pete Hodgson, 01 July 2004 The Land Transport Amendment Bill, tabled in Parliament today, aims to improve safety and reduce the road toll through the amendment of existing legislation.

New $12 million biotech collaboration fund Hon Pete Hodgson, 01 July 2004 New Zealand biotechnology companies looking to build their business through increased collaboration with their Australian counterparts can now apply for funding out of a new, $12 million Australia-New Zealand Biotechnology Partnership Fund. Rail upgrade can now begin Hon Dr Michael Cullen, 01 July 2004

"The rail network is now back in public ownership, bringing to an end one of the most disastrous privatisations in New Zealand history," Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today. Largest ever transport programme announced Hon Pete Hodgson, 30 June 2004 Transport Minister Pete Hodgson today welcomed transport funding agency, Transfund's, announcement of its $18.7 billion, ten year forecast for integrated transport. This includes $2.8 billion in regional spending. Canterbury business incubator receives boost Jim Anderton, 30 June 2004

The Canterbury Innovation business incubator has received a $350,000 boost from the government this week to support small businesses with high growth potential. This is part of a $2.7 million boost nationwide for incubators, Wigram MP Jim Anderton said today. West Coast steaming under Labour Progressive Government Jim Anderton, 30 June 2004

The West Coast has been steaming ahead under the Labour Progressive Government. Nick Smith has obviously not been paying attention to the West Coast if he thinks it has been treated with contempt by this Labour Progressive government, Jim Anderton, Minister of Economic Development and Progressive Leader said today. Celebrating our enterprising students Jim Anderton, 29 June 2004

The appealing feature of the Community Enterprise Project is the link it makes between two very important features of our society - enterprise, and community. NZ innovation in food and beverages win international awards Jim Anderton, 25 June 2004

World class innovations in food and beverages produced in New Zealand have just been awarded SIAL d'Or gold awards in Paris. "Congratulations are in order," says Jim Anderton, Minister of Economic Development. State of rail link another failure of privatisation Jim Anderton, 24 June 2004

The fragile state of the West Coast rail link exposed by the Kellogg Brown and Root's report on the South Island rail coal route demonstrates yet another failure of the privatisation of essential infrastucture, Progressive leader Jim Anderton said today. $2.7 million boost for business incubators Helen Clark, 22 June 2004 Eleven business incubators have been given a combined $2.7 million funding boost, an increase of 50 per cent over last year, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Associate Minister for Industry and Regional Development Pete Hodgson announced today.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------ SUPPORTING SAFER COMMUNITIES WellTrust funding supports teens battling alcohol and drugs Jim Anderton, 08 July 2004

Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton said today that it is great news that WellTrust, the youth drug agency that provides support to teenagers and their families who are faced with alcohol and drug abuse problems in the Wellington region, has had its services recognized with new funding by the Ministry of Health. Text messaging to combat truancy Trevor Mallard, 2 July 2004 Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced that the Ministry of Education is calling for tenders for a pilot project involving the texting and e-mailing of messages to parents to get truant students back at school.

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SUPPORTING SOCIAL WELLBEING Rowley Resource Centre opens new premises Jim Anderton, 06 July 2004

The opening of new premises for the Rowley Resource Centre in Spreydon is a good time to celebrate the success of their work in the community, Jim Anderton, MP for Wigram said today. King welcomes reduced costs for older New Zealanders Annette King, 1 July 2004 More than 305,000 older New Zealanders, who belong to a Primary Health Organisation, will now pay less when they visit their family doctor, says Health Minister Annette King. Paid Parental Leave payments to increase Hon Ruth Dyson, 1 July 2004 Maximum paid parental leave payments will increase from $334.75 per week to $346.63 per week from today, 1 July 2004, Associate Labour Minister Ruth Dyson has announced.

New measures deliver fairness and security Helen Clark, 30 June 2004 Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that 1 July would see the introduction of a range of government policies and programmes that would have profound and beneficial effects for New Zealanders of all ages. New Department of Building and Housing Hon Steve Maharey, 30 June 2004 State Services Minister Trevor Mallard and Acting Housing Minister Rick Barker today announced several changes to government agencies aimed at improving and streamlining building and housing services for the public. Youth unemployment plummets Rick Barker, 27 June 2004 The number of young people receiving the unemployment benefit has fallen by more than sixty percent since 1999, figures released by Associate Social Development and Employment Minister Rick Barker show.

Families Commissioners appointed Steve Maharey, 23 June 2004 Prime Minister Helen Clark and Acting Minister for Social Development and Employment Ruth Dyson today announced the appointments to the new Families Commission.

ENDS

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