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

 


PM opens new Heartland Services Centre on Chathams


PM opens new Heartland Services Centre on Chatham Islands

Prime Minister Helen Clark today opened a new centre aimed at improving access to government services for people in the Chatham Islands.

The Chathams Islands Heartland Services Centre is the 32nd rural or remote centre to be established in New Zealand since the inception of this one-stop-shop government services concept in 2001.

Opening the Chatham Islands Centre, Helen Clark said Heartland Services Centres addressed the difficulty people in remote areas experience when trying to access government services.

"The purpose of the Heartland Services Centres is to make it easier for people living in remote parts of the country to get information about government services - and at 800 kilometres due east of the South Island, the Chatham Islands certainly qualify as remote!

"This centre will bring numerous benefits to the Chathams community; for example, locals won't have to make toll calls to the mainland each time they need information; they won't have to wait for a simple brochure or application form to arrive by air; and making appointments with officials visiting the Chathams will be easier," Helen Clark said.

Government services offered by Heartland Services Centres can include ACC, Career Services, CYFS, the Community Probation Service, Community Law, Housing New Zealand, Inland Revenue, the Maori Land Court, the Immigration Service, and Work and Income.

The Chatham Islands Heartland Services Centre is a three-way partnership between the Ministry of Social Development, the Chatham Islands District Council, and the Chatham Islands Community Focus Trust.

Helen Clark said that the one-stop-shop model for government agencies and community organisations had been very successful elsewhere.

"We've found around New Zealand that once a Heartland Services Centre is up and running, other agencies and community organisations quickly see the benefit of becoming involved."

These centres also improve government interagency collaboration and support community and voluntary agencies in rural areas.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news