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

 


Collins Comments - 30 January 2012

30 January 2012

Collins Comments
Happy New Year

It’s great to be back after the summer break. I enjoyed spending some quality time with my family and caught up on all the little things I don’t get a lot of time to do during the year– taking long walks, having coffee with friends, watching the History and Living channels, cleaning the house, playing golf and shopping in the sales.

The New Year gives us great opportunity to reflect, take stock of what’s important and set goals for the year ahead. This year I’ve started boxing training and have already enjoyed several circuit sessions. Boxing is an excellent workout and a great way to stay fit, de-stress and focus on the job ahead.

2013 is shaping up to be another busy year across the Justice, ACC and Ethnic Affairs portfolios.

We’re working hard to pass the Bail Amendment Bill this year which will make it harder for those accused of serious offences to get bail. We’re also prioritising Public Protection Orders to better protect New Zealanders from serious sexual or violent offenders.

The new ACC board is in place and committed to rebuilding public trust and confidence in the corporation. I’m also looking forward to hosting Chinese New Year celebrations at Parliament to welcome in the Year of the Water Snake and mark the beginning of an exciting calendar of ethnic events.

The Prime Minister has outlined this Government's plan to encourage investment, strengthen the economy, and boost jobs. Following the construction boom in Christchurch, around 14,000 additional apprentices will start training during the next five years. We’re putting an extra $12 million behind our apprentices to give thousands of New Zealanders the opportunity to learn a new trade that will last them a lifetime.

I’d like to congratulate Strathallan College photography students Saebom (Jenny) Kang, Liam Julian, Sunia Sun Shui, Chelsea Turner and Benjamin Van Het Bolscher who achieved 100 per cent in their AS Cambridge International Examination. This in an outstanding achievement and reflects your commitment to excellence. Well done.

To you all,

Best wishes for a prosperous 2013.

Hon Judith Collins
MP for Papakura


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.

By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.

In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>

 

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news