$79k to fund opportunities for young people

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Nikki Kaye | Youth

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that four recipients will receive a total of $79,000 funding under the Opportunities for Young People fund.
“This funding comes from the Youth Enterprise Fund, which supports organisations providing hands-on learning opportunities for young people to develop entrepreneurial skills.
“The Opportunities for Young People fund recognises that many young people are themselves coming up with projects that are creating social and environmental change, and these projects are worthy of support in their own right.

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Reduced ACC car levy rates just a click away

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say car owners can now visit the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) RightCar website to see the reduced ACC levy they’ll pay from 1 July, when ACC introduces risk rating.
“From 1 July, all car owners will pay a reduced ACC annual licence levy,” says Ms Kaye.
“Levies will also reflect how safe a car is in a crash, and the RightCar site makes it easy to see the specific levy that will apply to your vehicle.

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2015 Youth Awards winners announced

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Nikki Kaye | Youth

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the recipients of the 2015 Youth Awards.
Winners will be presented with awards at a ceremony being held at parliament tonight.
“These awards recognise young people who’ve made outstanding contributions to their communities, as well as people who’ve supported or championed young people,” says Ms Kaye.
“This year I strengthened the awards by creating new categories, reflecting the large number of nominations received last year and interest in recognising people throughout society.

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Building better connections between Asia and the Pacific

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

(speech delivered to 2015 Nikkei Forum, Tokyo, Japan, 21 May 2015)
Minasan, Konnichiwa.
Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou katoa.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at this International Conference on the Future of Asia.
New Zealand considers itself very much an active country of this region.
New Zealand governments took a conscious decision, starting in the 1960s, to diversify our relationships away from traditional partners in Europe.

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$373.9m spending on school infrastructure

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Hekia Parata | Budget 2015

The Budget provides $373.9 million for school infrastructure, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say.
This includes $130.1 million operating funding over four years and the $243.8 million capital expenditure the Prime Minister announced last month for new schools, kura and classrooms.
“This spending is about securing and ensuring the safety of property and improving school infrastructure and services,” Ms Parata says.

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Minister to represent government at Nikkei Forum and PALM Summit in Japan

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence, Youth and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will travel to Japan tomorrow, to represent the government at the 2015 Nikkei Forum and the seventh Pacific Alliance Leaders Meeting (PALM).
“The Nikkei Forum is a high-level annual meeting hosted by Nikkei Inc, Japan’s largest media group,” says Ms Kaye.
“The forum brings together political leaders and top business executives from Asia to discuss the outlook for the region, and the impact of developments in Asia for the global economy.

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Minister thanks Wellington region and Bay of Plenty responses

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

The Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye, has thanked communities and agencies in the Wellington and Bay of Plenty regions for the way they’ve responded to flooding, landslides and a tornado.
The Wellington region, including the Kapiti Coast and Hutt Valley, received torrential rain for much of yesterday, and last night a tornado struck Mount Maunganui.
“The Wellington region in particular faced significant disruption, and it was heart-warming to see how people reached out to support each other, for example by opening their homes to stranded commuters.

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Taking the next steps towards a more sustainable and transparent ACC scheme

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

speech to Business New Zealand – not delivered word for word
Good evening.
I would like to acknowledge Phil O’Reilly from Business New Zealand and his team and Scott Pickering CEO of ACC and all of you here tonight.
Last year, the ACC scheme turned 40. It has become a critical part of New Zealand’s economic and social fabric.
We can be proud of our no-fault , 24/7 coverage for all New Zealand residents and visitors, covering motor vehicle, non-work and workplace injuries.

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Budget 2015: $500m of ACC levy cuts signalled

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

Budget 2015 will signal ACC is on track to provide further levy cuts of around $375 million in 2016/17 and $120 million in 2017/18, says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye.
“These indicative levy cuts represent a total saving for New Zealanders of around $500 million, and will be spread across the motor vehicle, work and earners accounts,” says Ms Kaye.
“The cuts are based on current financial projections and a funding direction which sees each of these accounts heading towards a solvency band of between 100 and 110 per cent.

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$10.4m redevelopment for Ellerslie School

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Nikki Kaye | Education

Work will get under way this month as part of a $10.4 million redevelopment of Ellerslie School in Auckland, says Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye.
Ms Kaye will visit the school this afternoon with local MP Sam Lotu-Iiga, to celebrate the start of construction with students and teachers.
“The redevelopment will address the school’s ongoing roll growth, as well as classrooms that are old and in poor condition,” says Ms Kaye.

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