New guidelines to prevent injuries to home carers

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye today launched a new set of guidelines to reduce the risk of injuries to home carers.
Speaking at the Home and Community Health Association (HCHA) conference in Auckland, Ms Kaye said the aim of the guidelines, Supporting people to move at home – Practical tips and techniques for carer and support workers, is to reduce injuries that happen when moving and lifting people.
“Carers will often go the extra mile to assist their clients, who are often family members, but this can end up compromising their own health.

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New Zealand ShakeOut 2015 launched today

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today launched New Zealand ShakeOut 2015, a six month campaign leading up to a national earthquake drill at 9.15am on 15 October 2015.
“Today I launched ShakeOut at Thorndon School in Wellington, because schools led the way during the last drill, with over half a million students and teachers taking part.
“However, we need not only schools but as many other organisations as possible involved, such as community groups, shops and businesses.

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Update on 6.2 St Arnaud earthquake

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

GeoNet recorded a 6.2 earthquake located 35km south-east of St Arnaud, at a depth of 52km, just after 3.30pm today.
“The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) is making contact with a number of local authorities, as the earthquake was felt in various parts of New Zealand, to determine if there have been any injuries or damage,” says Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye.
“At this stage, I am advised that MCDEM hasn’t received any reports of major injuries or damage.

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Reduced car levy details now available online

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the publication of details about risk rating, which will see car owners pay much lower and fairer levies from 1 July.
“Information is now available on ACC’s website, so car owners can see what levy they’ll pay for a specific vehicle.
“A tool will also be available on the rightcar website in the near future, which will let you key in your registration number and see what levy you will pay.”

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Budget to invest $244 million in schools

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Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say next month’s Budget will provide $244 million of funding for new schools, additional classrooms and expansions to existing schools.
The money will come from the remaining proceeds of the government’s share offer programme – channelled through the Future Investment Fund.

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Government takes next step to help secure Great Barrier Island Sanctuary

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Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, has welcomed the government’s commitment to contribute to the purchase of Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island.

“The Minister of Conservation, Hon Maggie Barry, announced the funding from the government’s Nature Heritage Fund while visiting the sanctuary today. I want to acknowledge the Minister’s conservation commitment to the island with this announcement.

“The government will contribute funding as part of a consortium, including the Auckland Council, Great Barrier Local Board and private donors, and this will potentially enable public ownership of the sanctuary.

Ms Kaye said that the possibility of public purchase will allow the sanctuary to be further utilized for the protection of many rare and endangered species that inhabit the Island.

“It’s fantastic that the protection of Great Barrier Island, and the Hauraki Gulf as a whole, is a strategic focus for the Department of Conservation.

“The Glenfern Sanctuary is a critical part of the movement to achieve a pest-free Hauraki Gulf in the near future.

“The team at Glenfern is incredibly passionate about managing and protecting the local flora and fauna, with the help of local volunteers.

“The sanctuary provides great opportunities for tourism and education, and it’s vital that it continues to function effectively.

“This is another great Conservation initiative to complement the new Aotea Conservation Park and Aotea Track on Great Barrier Island.

“Glenfern Sanctuary is the potential gateway or face to the extensive network of trails, tourism options, education opportunities and biodiversity on the island. It’s crucial we secure the sanctuary and all it offers, now and in the future.

Aotea Conservation Park Opens on Great Barrier Island

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Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, is delighted to be attending the opening of the Aotea Conservation Park on Great Barrier Island today.

The park will be officially opened by the Minister of Conservation, Hon Maggie Barry, in the presence of local community members and iwi.

“This is a great day for the people of the Barrier and New Zealand, as it means this land can now be protected and enjoyed for generations.

“The conservation park covers 12,282 ha or around 43% of the Island, making it the largest park of conservation status in Auckland and comparable in size to the Hunua and Waitakere Ranges parks.

“I would like to acknowledge the work that Ms Barry has done to enable the opening today.

“In September 2013, I put forward a proposal to establish the park, and after significant consultation it was confirmed by the Government last July.

“Since then, Ms Barry has worked quickly and collaboratively with the Department of Conservation to bring the park to fruition, and ensure the community and local iwi were at the heart of the project.

“The next steps will be to ensure a strong Aotea Conservation park advisory committee, with good iwi and community representation to ensure management of the park is world-class.

“There’s been a lot happening on the island recently, with the government investing more than $2 million towards repairing storm damage to the Aotea track. This is a great attraction for people who want to see first-hand the beautiful birds, flora and fauna the island has to offer.

“Over the last 5 years, the government has also invested more than $1 million in telecommunications, while the Auckland Council has made significant investments in local roads and the Community Arts Heritage Village has been developed.

“It will also be great to formally open the Great Barrier Island Community Olive press this afternoon with Ms Barry. This will be an important asset to help grow the island’s economy.

“Many of these initiatives are community projects driven by committed locals, who I have had the privilege to work with.

“With attractions such as the new Aotea Conservation Park, Great Barrier Island is a real treasure and I hope more people will visit to see some of the best of New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

Declaration gives youth voice in policy-making

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Nikki Kaye | Youth

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye was pleased to address the opening of the four-day UN Youth Declaration in Auckland today.
“This is a great opportunity for young people to have a say on matters that are important to them, and for their voice to be heard,” says Ms Kaye.
Over the four days, participants take part in workshops and debates covering a range of public policy areas, from education and the environment to foreign affairs, law and order and social development.

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New trades academy opened in Mangere

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Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say a new trades centre at the Southern Cross Campus in Mangere opened today by Prime Minister John Key will provide further options for young New Zealanders.
Ms Parata says the $3.5 million investment in the Trades Academy will enable Southern Cross to provide courses on construction, plumbing, automotive engineering and robotics on site.

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