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


Flood relief is being treated with urgency

24 May, 2005

Flood relief is being treated with urgency

The people of the Bay of Plenty can be assured that the Government is treating their plight with the greatest urgency, Civil Defence Minister George Hawkins said today.

Mr Hawkins was responding to accusations from local National MP Tony Ryall that Government agencies weren't committed to dealing with the region's flood damage.

"Substantial emergency support was made available from day one of the disaster and this will likely amount to between 30 and 40 million dollars," said Mr Hawkins.

"Both the Prime Minister and myself have made visits to the region and Cabinet is fully supportive of the need for urgent and ongoing assistance.

"Meanwhile, help continues to be made available through the New Zealand Defence Force, Police, Fire Service, Civil Defence, Taskforce Green, Work and Income, Housing NZ and the Earthquake Commission.

"Mr Ryall might dismiss these agencies as 'bureaucrats' but I am proud of the way they've responded so quickly and efficiently to this disaster," Mr Hawkins said.

"Likewise, the facilitator we're appointing to work with the Whakatane District Council on an assistance package for Matata will expedite help to those so badly affected.

"The assistance package will reduce the need for time-consuming, complex claims down the track. For example, Government received the claim from Whakatane District Council for last July's floods only two weeks ago.

"I would have hoped the Bay of Plenty MP would have been working constructively for his constituents at such a time, instead of trying to score the cheapest of political points by trying to sow the seeds of more misery in his electorate."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news