Parliament

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

 

Govt Unfair In Lottery Grant Top Ups

22 August 2002

Govt Unfair In Lottery Grant Top Ups

The Government is topping up arts and recreational funding shortfalls but allowing funding cuts to essential life saving and water safety services around the country, says Richard Worth, MP for Epsom.

Mr Worth, who is trustee of the Royal New Zealand Coastguard Foundation, says coastguard and surf life saving activities and Water Safety New Zealand educational and survival programmes will have to be significantly cut back because of reduced funding from the Lotteries Board.

"Likely cuts of more than 20 percent will have a major impact on the ability of organisations in the water safety sector to respond to life threatening situations.

The reductions signalled last May by lottery funds distribution officials will be published tomorrow. "The Government has since failed to take any action to ensure these shortfalls in grants are made up,” Mr Worth said.

“Prime Minister Helen Clark must justify why her administration said it would make up shortfalls in art and recreational organisations lotteries funding, but not to the water safety sector that deals with life threatening situations.

“Basic essential services are now at risk around the country. It is an indictment of the Labour Party that this is the case, given that on a per capita basis New Zealand's drowning rate is worse than that of Australia, Canada and the U.S.

"The Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Tariana Turia, must say how she is going to correct this imbalance. Communities will hope that she, at least, does not regard water safety rescue and education less important than the arts when it comes to funding levels,” Mr Worth said.

Ends

NB: For the 2001/02 year the Royal New Zealand Coastguard received approximately $1.1 million from Lottery General financial allocations; Water Safety New Zealand approximately $1.4 million and Surf Life Saving New Zealand approximately $1.8 million

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Yesterday’s Big Parliamentary Air Kiss To China

In order to obtain support from the two major parties, Act Party deputy leader Brooke Van Velden twice had to soften the language of her parliamentary motion yesterday condemning China’s persecution of the Uighurs. The key word “genocide” was deleted. Evidently, the kind of resolution passed by a conservative government in the UK proved to be far too tough for a centre-left Labour government and a centre-right National opposition to countenance. Yesterday, the two major parties were united in their fear of retribution from China... More>>

 

Government: Fair Pay Agreements To Improve Pay And Conditions For Essential Workers

The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Public Services: Government Sets Pay And Workforce Expectations For The Public Sector

The Government’s Workforce Policy Statement issued today sets out its expectations for pay and employment relations in the Public Sector, the Minister of Finance and Minister for the Public Service say. “New Zealand has had an exceptionally successful ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Budget 2021 Reprioritises Nearly $1 Billion

Hon Grant Robertson Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Finance The Government’s strong pandemic response and the better than expected economic recovery means not all the money allocated in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund has been spent, ... More>>

ALSO:


PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>

ALSO:

PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels