ACC report confirms volatility in accounts

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

ACC’s latest quarterly report highlights the impact of short-term volatilities on the ACC scheme’s financial position, says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye.
“The overall financial position of the scheme has improved over the past few years and it is now essentially fully funded.
“However, the quarterly report to 31 December 2014 confirms what the government has been saying about volatile discount rates and their effect on the scheme’s overall liabilities.”

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$4m investment in motorcyclists’ safety

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the $4 million investment in motorcycle safety initiatives in 2015/16 advised by the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council.
The council represents the motorcycling community, and advises ACC on safety initiatives that will make motorcycling safer on New Zealand roads.
“Part of this investment will go towards re-engineering identified high-risk routes in urban and rural areas.
“The aim is to help reduce the number and severity of motorcyclist injuries resulting from poor road design, maintenance or surface condition.

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Work to improve Chatham Islands’ resilience

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says Cyclone Pam highlighted potential improvements that could be made to strengthen the Chatham Islands’ resilience against future emergencies.
“I visited the Chatham Islands yesterday and witnessed both the damage caused by the recent severe weather, as well as the spirit of the community that rallied to respond to the emergency.
“In small communities we often see the best of New Zealand, and there were many examples of local people stepping up to help out.

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Youth in isolated communities benefit from fund

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Nikki Kaye | Youth

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye is pleased to announce the first round of initiatives funded under the $20,000 Isolated Communities Fund.
“This is about supporting the development of young people aged 12 to 24 living in offshore communities such as Great Barrier Island, the Chatham Islands and Stewart Island.
“It’s not always easy for young people living in these communities to access the same opportunities as their peers on the mainland.

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New $3.1m block opens at St Thomas’s School

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Nikki Kaye | Education

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye was delighted to open a new 12 classroom block at St Thomas’s School in Kohimarama, Auckland this afternoon.
“In February last year I announced a $3 million project to replace old classrooms and create more learning space at St Thomas’s School, and it is great to be here with local MP Simon O’Connor, just over twelve months later to officially open the new building.

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Minister thanks all involved in cyclone response

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye has thanked everyone involved in preparing for and responding to the effects of Cyclone Pam in New Zealand.
“As well as civil defence groups, council staff, emergency services and other professionals, I recognise that many volunteers have also given their time.
“Whether it’s been ringing around phone trees to make sure the community was prepared, or cleaning up debris afterwards, your efforts are appreciated.

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Another $138 million for Christchurch schools

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Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say almost $140m is to be spent on the next wave of schools to be repaired and rebuilt in Christchurch.
Cabinet yesterday approved the expenditure of $138 million on Hornby High School, Kaiapoi High School, Banks Avenue School, Linwood College and Cashmere High School. Work at Hornby will begin in September and work on the other four schools will begin next year.

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Affected areas should prepare for severe weather

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says communities in the northeast of the North Island from Cape Reinga to Hawkes Bay, and outer islands such as the Chatham Islands, should make sure they’re prepared for the possible impact of Cyclone Pam.
“I’ve been advised that New Zealand is not in the cyclone’s direct path, but we’re still likely to experience severe weather in affected areas as it passes by.
“Other areas may also experience effects such as increased sea swells.

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$5.2m upgrade for Tolaga Bay Area School

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Nikki Kaye | Education

Students at Tolaga Bay Area School, East Coast, are set to enjoy a $5.2 million classroom upgrade, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“New blocks will be built at the school, to replace four older buildings and classrooms that are no longer fit for purpose,” says Ms Kaye.
“The new blocks will comprise 12 new learnings spaces, with ICT and wifi technology to enable learning in a digital age.

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Tech boot camps grow young entrepreneurs

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Nikki Kaye | Youth

Young technology entrepreneurs in the Waikato region will benefit from $60,000 of funding for Online Education Limited, announced today by Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.
“This is about helping to grow the next generation of software developers and technology innovators,” says Ms Kaye.
“The funding will help around 400 young people take part in technology-related challenges and product development exercises.
“The young people will practise core skills such as coding, which is how you instruct a computer to create software, apps and websites.

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