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


Collins Comments - August 3

Collins Comments - August 3

Hon Judith Collins, MP for Papakura

Supporting seniors in Papakura

Papakura has a tremendous community spirit with many of our community volunteers being senior New Zealanders. We are fortunate to have that commitment by so many.

This year superannuation increases far ahead of inflation at 66 percent of the average wage. Since 2008 the married rate is up by $249 a fortnight and the single rate up by $162 a fortnight. For those unable to live independently, there is increased funding to aged residential care by $240 million and special care is up by 25 percent since 2008.

The Government also funds 27 elder abuse and neglect prevention services around New Zealand. These offer assistance to older people and their families. One of these is Age Concern Counties Manukau. It is opening The Vintage Store in Papakura that will sell good quality clothes and books to fund more counselling services for seniors.

NCEA Level 2 Achievements boosted

It is great to see Papakura’s secondary schools are producing higher numbers of students achieving level 2 NCEA qualifications each year. In 2014, 75 per cent of 18 year olds had achieved this level or its equivalent – a big improvement. The Government has a target for 85 per cent of 18-year-olds to achieve NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification by 2017.

To make this happen, 23 Trades Academies have opened nationally so students can achieve NCEA Level 2 while gaining industry-specific skills. For students in the Papakura Electorate, Manukau Institute of Technology offers trade certificates and secondary tertiary studies.

Raising achievement at school will be supported by the Ministry of Education’s plan to spend $359 million to have high-quality teachers and principals share their practices across schools. I was delighted to see Alfriston College has successfully applied for a Teacher-led Innovation Fund grant with its inquiry project that focuses on whanau based groupings and integrated learning for year 9-10 students. The impact of this on teaching practices and students’ learning will be measured by the success that these students achieve each year and as they progress to their NCEA studies.

Draft Future Urban Land Supply Strategy information sought

Auckland Council has announced a public consultation process on the Future Urban Land Supply Strategy. The Strategy will cover 11,000 hectares of rural land in Auckland, a large chunk of which will be situated around Takanini, Opaheke-Drury and Karaka.

The Strategy asks for information about what infrastructure, from basics like water and sewerage to recreational areas, need to be built to support development of rural land over the next 30 years. If you would like to contribute before the closing date of 17 August 2015, visit Shape Auckland or telephone 09 3010101.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election