Parliament

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

 

Enhanced Taskforce Green For Southland And South Otago

Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Minister for Social Development

 
 PĀNUI PĀPĀHO

MEDIA STATEMENT

The Government has announced further help for the Southland and Otago regions to speed up recovery efforts from the floods.

“I’ve approved Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG), making $500,000 available to help with the clean-up in Fiordland, Southland, and the Clutha district in Otago,” Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said.

It follows immediate Government assistance of $200,000 earlier this month:

· The Southland Mayoral Relief Fund received $100,000 to support communities impacted by the flooding

· Rural Support Trusts received $100,000 to help growers and farmers recover.

Minister Sepuloni said there is severe disruption for people being evacuated from homes, and with farms under water.

“It’s put a lot of pressure on local communities and the Government is committed to helping them get through it.

“This funding will mean jobseekers can be employed to help clear debris, including trees and baleage plastic, clear fences and buildings, and support general clean-up,” she said.

So far around 700 farms in Southland and 50 farms in Otago have been contacted to see if immediate help is needed.

“Some houses and other buildings have been affected in both urban and rural communities, with some residents unable to return to their homes.

“The Federated Farmers-led group, the ‘Farmy Army’, have done great work so far with over 100 volunteers working across Southland farms to help with the initial clean-up, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had the opportunity to thank them during a visit to the Southern Field Days last week.

“Emergency services have also been on the ground supporting the response and the Government will continue to assist where needed,” Carmel Sepuloni said.

Note to editors:

· MSD is working alongside Territorial Local Authorities, MPI, Rural Support Trusts and communities to set up operations and find suitable jobseekers to take part.

· Currently, there are roughly 60 farms still needing help with clean-up, and this number is expected to increase.

· These numbers may change as more information comes to hand.

Key dates

3 February 2020A State of Emergency for the Fiordland area.
4 February 2020A State of Emergency was declared for the Southland, Gore areas and the Clutha District.
5 February 2020The Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor declares an adverse event for the Southland and Otago regions, unlocking $100,000 for farmers and growers.
7 February 2020The Minister of Civil Defence announced the Government would contribute $100,000 to the Southland regional Mayoral Relief Fund to support communities impacted by the flooding.
17 February 2020Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare activates the Temporary Accommodation Service to help people whose homes were damaged by the severe weather and flooding across the Southland region.

What is Enhanced Taskforce Green (EFTG)?

When a significant adverse weather event or natural disaster occurs, ETFG can provide funding to employ jobseekers to assist with the clean-up. ETFG can also be used to hire or purchase equipment and clothing to enable the clean-up.

MSD provides funding for the programme and monitors expenditure related to that funding. The day-to-day management of the work associated with ETFG lies with the affected territorial authority.

What does ETFG funding include?

· Payment of full wages for workers start-up grants for councils to assist with the administration of ETFG

· Hire or purchase of personal safety and light equipment for workers, and the hire of transportation to take work crews to work sites.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Wage Cuts, And The Listener’s Demise

Various levels of across the board wage cuts – 10%? 15% ?- are being mooted for workers in some of our larger firms, in order to help the likes of Fletchers, Mediaworks etc survive the Covid-19 crisis. It is extraordinary that unions should be having to explain to employers (and to the public) just how unfairly the burden of such a response would fall. Basically, if you’re on a salary in six figures, a 10-15% haircut can still be worn fairly lightly. If you’re employed at or below the median wage, losing 10% of your income can be a hammer blow... More>>

 
 

Government: Seeking Infrastructure Projects


The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say...More>>

ALSO:


Police Commissioner: Christchurch Terrorist Pleads Guilty

Police acknowledge the guilty pleas in the Christchurch Mosque attacks prosecution that were entered in the Christchurch High Court today. The guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist ... More>>

ALSO:

Transport: $54 billion Investment In Draft GPS 2021

The Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2021 on land transport confirms that the Government will invest a record $54 billion in its balanced transport policy over the next decade. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Loss Of Abortion Safe Zones

No doubt, last night’s defeat of abortion law reform provisions that would have created safe zones around abortion clinics will be portrayed, by some, as a victory for free speech. It isn’t. It was a victory for bigotry and intimidation directed ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National's Regulation Crusade

Lets step back in time now, to simpler days and to simple-minded solutions. So…. if National gets elected, landlords will once again be able to evict tenants at will, raise rents anytime they like, and ignore the need to install a healthy standard of heating in the homes they put out to rent. This promised ‘bonfire of regulations’ is being done in the name of cutting red tape... More>>

ALSO:

SMC - Expert Reaction: PF2050 Strategy

DOC has released a strategy to reach Predator Free 2050, along with an action plan through to 2025. The predator-free goal focuses on three groups of mammals: possums, three species of rats, plus stoats, ferrets and weasels... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels