Gulf Islands tourism venture receiving funding boost

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A tourism venture on Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands is receiving $124,000 in funding from the Government’s Tourism Growth Partnership.

 

Te Haerenga – A Journey Through Sacred Islands has been created by the Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust.  It offers guided journeys for visitors on both islands.

 

“Ngāi Tai Iwi offer a unique experience for visitors through Te Haerenga, enabling Māori traditions to be experienced in a modern context,” says Ms Kaye.

 

“Iwi can share the traditional and contemporary stories linked with the islands, while visitors take part in a range of traditional activities like harvesting and weaving, or learn about the medicinal properties of island plants.  

 

“Not only are Ngāi Tai developing a unique cultural experience for visitors close to downtown Auckland, they are also working to train young Māori, and staff, involved with the venture, giving them invaluable skills they can take out into the wider workplace.

 

“Both Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands are close to the city, which means visitors have a variety of different ways to experience the islands, and Ngāi Tai has the opportunity to offer a number of different of tourism options.

 

“The Hauraki Gulf Islands are known for their unique beauty, and attract both local and international visitors to the Auckland region.  It’s fantastic that the Government is investing in this innovative local venture’, says Ms Kaye.

 

New ACC legislation means fairer, transparent and more stable levies

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye says the passing today of the Accident Compensation (Financial Responsibility and Transparency) Amendment Bill will deliver greater transparency around levy-setting, and help ensure that levies are more stable over time and fairer, with businesses paying the true costs of injuries in their industries.
“The Bill amends the Accident Compensation Act 2001 to introduce a more principled, transparent framework for funding decisions, and more stringent reporting requirements on ACC to ensure the public is better informed,” says Ms Kaye.

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Great Barrier and Waiheke Islands to receive more funding to fight pests

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Three local conservation groups will receive more than $195,000 in funding from the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund to fight pests on Great Barrier and Waiheke Islands.

“These islands are the jewels in Auckland’s crown, and dangerous pests like rats, stoats, possums and other unwanted visitors are real threats to the natural environment,” Ms Kaye says.

“Waiheke and Great Barrier are home to native birds like kaka and kereru that are practically defenceless against these pests.

“Conservation-focused groups like the Windy Hill Rosalie Bay Catchment Trust and the Kotuku Peninsula Sanctuary team (Great Barrier), and the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust (Waiheke), are key to the future of conservation in the Gulf, and it’s wonderful this funding will help them fight back against pests.

“The Aotea Conservation Park was opened earlier this year on Great Barrier Island, and will be a significant tourism asset for the island.  It’s crucial we work to keep native birds, and the natural environment, safe.

“Nationwide, pests cost our economy more than $3 billion a year. This local funding will have a positive impact on Great Barrier and Waiheke Islands, “says Ms Kaye.

ACC reaches milestone as residual levies removed

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye confirmed today that residual levies will be removed from ACC’s Work, Earners’ and Motor Vehicle Accounts next year.
“Parliament will this week debate the final stages of an amendment to the Accident Compensation Act which will allow me to set the date from which residual levies will cease, by notice in the Gazette,” says Ms Kaye.

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Tsunami warning marine and beach threat

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says following the 8.3 earthquake in Chile, it’s important people listen to national warnings issued in New Zealand by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).
“In these situations, a national tsunami panel, which includes a team of experts, advises MCDEM on any potential threat to New Zealand.

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$5.5m projects see new classrooms open at two Auckland schools

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Nikki Kaye | Education

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the opening of new state-of-the-art classrooms at Auckland’s Mount Albert Grammar School and Sylvia Park School (Tamaki).
“These new classrooms are part of our broader plan to address roll growth at schools across Auckland,” says Ms Kaye.
“The project at Mount Albert Grammar, one of New Zealand’s largest secondary schools, has seen a new $4 million teaching block constructed, which will house the school’s maths faculty.

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Businesses support schools’ Managed Network

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Nikki Kaye | Education

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye is pleased to announce that an agreement with multi-network infrastructure company Vector will enable more schools to access the $211 million, Government-funded N4L Managed Network.
“The Managed Network provides schools with fast, reliable internet and uncapped data, as well as services such as web filtering, network security and helpdesk support,” says Ms Kaye.

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Wellington leads West Coast in ShakeOut sign-ups

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Nikki Kaye | Civil Defence

Just over a month from New Zealand’s second-ever national earthquake drill, Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye is encouraging other regions to follow Wellington’s lead and sign up to drop, cover and hold at 9.15am on 15 October.
“Wellington is currently the front runner in terms of the number of people set to take part, with 25 per cent of Wellingtonians already signed up,” says Ms Kaye.
“Neck and neck behind Wellington are the West Coast and Bay of Plenty, where over 21 per cent of locals are already on board.

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New partnership highlights positive link between sport and rehabilitation

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Nikki Kaye | ACC

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the major partnership formed between ACC and Paralympics New Zealand.
“This partnership will provide opportunities for people with injury-related disabilities to have a go at sports which can help them lead a more active lifestyle,” says Ms Kaye.
“At the same time, it will enable Paralympics New Zealand to identify new Para-athletes, as they look towards the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and beyond.

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