Parliament

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

 

Progress continues on public service targets

Hon Bill English

Deputy Prime Minister

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

Minister of State Services

20 February 2014       Media Statement      

Progress continues on public service targets

The latest update of the Government’s Better Public Services initiative shows significant gains continue to be made, though challenges remain in achieving these ambitious goals, Finance Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman say.

The Government today published the latest six-monthly progress report on its 10 Better Public Service Result areas.

The programme began in 2012 when Prime Minister John Key announced goals in 10 challenging areas including reducing long-term welfare dependency, increasing immunisation, reducing rheumatic fever, reducing violent crime and re-offending, and increasing Level 2 NCEA pass rates.

“The result areas were chosen to make a meaningful difference to the lives of all New Zealanders, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and hard to solve problems,” Mr English says.

“The progress report shows most result areas are on track, and some areas - increasing infant immunisation, reducing crime, and reducing re-offending - are ahead of where they need to be to meet their targets.

“We have always said these targets would be ambitious and that progress would not always be even and consistent. The Government remains focused on addressing the most challenging issues affecting New Zealanders.”

Dr Coleman says the public service is demonstrating it can adopt new ways of working to achieve results.

“The report shows that the public service is delivering better results for New Zealanders by increasing collaboration and adopting innovative ideas,” he says.

“For example, we have seen a number of agencies come together effectively to deliver the Auckland-wide Healthy Homes Initiative, ensuring that Auckland families of children at risk of rheumatic fever have a package of housing-related measures to reduce health risks.

“This is the kind of practical frontline joined-up response that the public expects, and that the Government requires of the public service to improve the lives of more New Zealanders.”

The public service is also more engaged with communities to achieve results. For example, the Ministry of Education, in partnership with Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs is engaging with families to ensure students are encouraged and supported by their community to understand the significance of NCEA.

The six-month progress report shows infant immunisation continues to progress well with 91 per cent of 8-month-olds fully immunised.

The total crime, violent crime and youth crime targets are expected to be reached ahead of the target date. The recorded crime rate is now at its lowest level in 33 years.

Reducing welfare dependence is ahead of the expected target. The Ministry of Social Development has driven action by using data effectively, ensuring that welfare support is invested where it will make the biggest difference.

While hospitalisation for acute rheumatic fever increased slightly in the year to June 2013, a lot of work is being undertaken to reach the target of reducing incidence of the disease by two thirds by 2017, including new initiatives put in place last year.  

Reducing assaults on children showed a small increase, with 4.3 per cent more cases of physical abuse reported in the year to September 2013 compared with the previous year. The data is known to fluctuate, and a better understanding is required before trends can be identified. 

The full-year Better Public Service results are due to be published in July. 

The six-monthly results to the end of December 2013 can be found at:www.ssc.govt.nz/better-public-services

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Policy Resurgence, And Alex Chilton

For much of this year, almost all the diversity in politics has been down at the retail end, where apparent differences reside in the tone, and in details. Up at the wholesale end – in the economic settings that drive the engine of politics – the story has been of convergence, exemplified by Labour and the Greens signing up to the Budget Responsibility Rules...

However, and only three months out from the election, there is finally some genuine good news. Twice this week, Labour has released policy that has well and truly gotten up the nose of the sort of lobby groups that it has spent most of 2017 trying to cultivate. More>>

 

Right In The Thiels: Just 12 Days In NZ Before Citizenship

DIA have received advice from the Ombudsman that a detail originally redacted from the citizenship file of Peter Thiel released in January for privacy reasons should be made available by 27 July. More>>

ALSO:

Domestic Violence And Teachers: Members’ Bills Ballot

The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn:
54 Sentencing (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill - Hon Nanaia Mahuta
16 Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill - Chris Hipkins More>>

ALSO:

Legislation: Point England Housing Bill Passed

The passage of the Point England Development Enabling Bill through Parliament this evening will benefit Auckland with additional housing, help resolve Ngāti Paoa’s Treaty claim and improve the local environment and recreation facilities, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More>>

ALSO:

Cyberducation: Digital Curriculum Launch And Funding Package

Consultation on new digital technologies content for the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori-medium Curriculum, was launched today by Education Minister Nikki Kaye. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog