Nikki Kaye confirmed for National in Auckland Central

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New Zealand National Party

Media Release

23 December 2016

Hon Nikki Kaye MP has been confirmed as National’s candidate for the Auckland Central electorate for the 2017 General Election.

Ms Kaye first entered Parliament at the 2008 election, winning Auckland Central for the National Party for the first time in New Zealand’s history. She subsequently won the seat again in 2011 and 2014.

Along with her role as local MP, she currently serves as Minister of Youth and Associate Minister of Education in Bill English’s National-led Government.

“I am delighted to be confirmed as the National Party candidate for Auckland central for 2017. I love this electorate, its communities and businesses, and am as committed as ever to representing it and getting results,” Ms Kaye says.

“Having been diagnosed with breast cancer, the last few months have been tough and I am so grateful for the support of my family, friends and the National Party.

“I have also been completely overwhelmed with the support I have received from Auckland Central constituents during this time. I decided to stand again as I believe there is still so much more that I can do to improve the lives of the people of Auckland Central.”

Auckland Central electorate is one of the youngest and most diverse electorates in NZ.  It is also one of the most diverse to serve from a geographical perspective, including the rural areas on Great Barrier, to high density living with thousands of apartments in central Auckland, to the villas and shops of Ponsonby and Herne Bay.

“Since I was elected in 2008 I have campaigned each term on progressing a range of local and national projects for Auckland Central. I am very proud of the progress we have made,” Ms Kaye says.

“Over the last two years some of the initiatives progressed for Auckland Central include:

  • The Government announcing a significant funding commitment to the City Rail Link and the beginning of construction. This is a project I have supported and advocated for since 2009.
  • Progress on reform of the Unit Titles Act; affecting many people in the electorate living in apartments. I advocated strongly with a group of property professionals for changes to the law.
  • $40 million property investment for Waiheke Schools (Waiheke High School and Te Huruhi School).
  • The opening of the Aotea Conservation Park and re-opening of the Aotea Track on Great Barrier Island.
  • Redevelopments at Bayfield School ($12 million) and Freemans Bay School ($19 million) as well as the $79 million redevelopment at Western Springs College (while not in the electorate it is an important secondary school for Auckland Central residents).
  • $88 million package of cycleways benefiting Auckland and Auckland Central.
  • Rollout of ultra-fast broadband on Waiheke Island recently completed. This is hugely important for social and economic progress for residents and businesses on the island.
  • Improved cell reception for Great Barrier Island with a new cell site going live this year in the north of the island.

“This year my office and I have dealt with more than 10,000 constituency queries or issues by people and organisations. These issues are diverse as they can cover people living in apartments to people living in more isolated parts of Great Barrier Island.

“Through these queries, my constituency clinics and the thousands of doors I have knocked on, constituents have raised issues with me that have led to me advocating and delivering policies or projects. One of the beautiful things about our country is the ability for so many people to access Members of Parliament to personally advocate on issues.

“I am proud of the projects progressed in Auckland Central, such as significant investment in transport and education infrastructure, there is still so much more to do. Areas like central Auckland and Waiheke island are home to huge numbers of residents but are also popular tourist destinations. We need to continue to invest in world class infrastructure and services.

“Over the coming year I will be continuing to work on a range of projects including improving ferry infrastructure and services for Waiheke Island and access to better services for central Auckland residents.

“It is a privilege to be the MP for Auckland Central. I look forward to continuing to work hard and deliver for the people of Auckland Central, and for all New Zealanders in Bill English’s strong, stable National-led Government.”

Further details of some of Nikki and National’s local and ministerial achievements can be found at www.nikkikaye.co.nz.

Media Contact: Clark Hennessy 0274 811 711

Authorised by Greg Hamilton, 41 Pipitea Street, Thorndon

Glenfern Sanctuary secured as conservation gateway to Great Barrier Island

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Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, this morning attended the formal announcement of the purchase of Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island, on behalf of Minister of Conservation, Hon Maggie Barry.

“After a lot of hard work it is fantastic that the purchase of Glenfern Sanctuary is now finalised, and it will therefore continue to be a critical part of the movement to achieve a pest-free Hauraki Gulf,” says Ms Kaye.

“As the local MP for Great Barrier Island, I am delighted that the Government has contributed $ 975,000 to the successful purchase.”

The purchase of Glenfern from the Bouzaid family is a combination of contributions from the Department of Conservation (DOC) through the Nature Heritage Fund, the Auckland Council and Great Barrier Local Boards and Foundation North.

“I want to specifically recognise the hard work and leadership of Councillor Christine Fletcher, for helping bring together the different agencies and organisations that made this possible,” says Ms Kaye.

The 83-hectare Glenfern Sanctuary was founded by the late Tony Bouzaid, who created the sanctuary to protect endangered native birds on the Island.

“I would like to acknowledge the Bouzaid family for making the property available for purchase and to Tony, who was tireless in his determination to have the sanctuary established.

“Glenfern is a significant gateway for the Island, providing both tourism and educational opportunities, making its acquisition into public ownership invaluable.

“Last week I was on the Island to open the redeveloped Aotea Track, and this sanctuary provides an additional conservation experience. I hope that many schools and families will be able to visit the sanctuary and walk the track in the future.

“The team at Glenfern is incredibly passionate about managing and protecting the local flora and fauna, with the help of local volunteers, and this announcement ensures this will continue.”

Glenfern will be placed under the ownership of Auckland Council and form part of their parks network.

 

Opening of Redeveloped Aotea Track on Great Barrier Island

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Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, on behalf of the Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry, will this afternoon re-open the Kaiaraara Track (part of the Aotea Track), on Great Barrier Island.

The track suffered major damage during a storm in June 2014. Large sections of the DOC track were washed out and bridges and huts were extensively damaged. Since then, DOC has invested $353,000 in the redevelopment project.

“As the local MP for Great Barrier Island, it is fantastic to see the track re-opened today. In conjunction with the Aotea Conservation Park, the Aotea Track is a vital tourist attraction and economic asset to the Island, says Ms Kaye.

“I would like to recognise the hard work of DOC staff who worked tirelessly alongside the local community and Board members to repair the track during the last two years. Their commitment to the track redevelopment has ensured that New Zealanders and tourists alike can experience the beauty of the 25 kilometre track.

“I would also like to specifically acknowledge Ngāti Rehua, who has been working closely alongside DOC, and who have offered on-going support to the success of this project.

“Now that the Aotea Track redevelopment is complete, I am going to ask that consideration be given for the track to get greater recognition. I expect to seek advice from local and central Government over the coming months about how we can do this. “I would love to see more New Zealanders visit and experience Great Barrier Island. The Island is a special part of New Zealand and the Government’s investment in the track is an important boost for tourism on the Island.”
 

New Cell Site confirmed for Okiwi, Great Barrier Island

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Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye has today welcomed Vodafone’s announcement that a new cell site at Okiwi on Great Barrier Island will go live at the end of May.

“I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Great Barrier Local Board, Vodafone, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Auckland Council in ensuring that this cell site come to fruition,” says Ms Kaye

“Over the last year I have had numerous discussions and advocated for this project as it is important step for the Okiwi community.

“I want to congratulate these parties that have worked hard, and collaborated to deliver an asset that will assist with conservation, community education and business services.

“It has been a long road that has taken several years, but it has been worthwhile to be able to provide improved coverage for Okiwi Village, which includes Okiwi Primary School and a new DOC headquarters.

“This announcement follows on from the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, which saw a $1 million investment in a wireless broadband tower to support services at Claris, opened in 2013 on the Island.

“This Government is actively seeking ways to improve telecommunications across more remote areas of the country.

“People should never underestimate the difference that communications can make to an isolated Island like Great Barrier. I will be working hard with the local board and the community to ensure that we continue to expand coverage and communication services for Great Barrier Island.”

Changes to marine protection good for Hauraki Gulf

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The Hauraki Gulf will benefit from the new proposals put forward for protecting marine areas says Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye.

The Government has released a consultation document on the new Marine Protected Areas Act.

It puts forward four different options for looking after marine environments, and includes the draft proposal for the Hauraki Gulf Recreational Fishing Park.

“This is a really positive step for Auckland. The Hauraki Gulf is a fishing hotspot, and the initial announcement of a fishing park was widely welcomed by many recreational fishers.

“It’s proposed most commercial fishing is prohibited (dependant on the outcome of consultation, particularly around species in the draft boundaries of the park), which will enable better management of recreational fishing stocks. 

“I think the proposed Park is aimed to strike the right balance between protecting and managing this valuable area, while ensuring the Hauraki Gulf remains a fisherman’s playground.

The consultation document also gives four options for protecting marine environments, and includes: Marine Reserves, Species-specific sanctuaries, Seabed Reserves and Recreational Fishing Parks says Nikki Kaye.

“Great Barrier Island falls outside of the proposed fishing park. It is important that residents of the Gulf, including Great Barrier Island, have their say on the proposed plan and I encourage submissions from the public. I have been working with groups on Barrier who would like to see greater protection of their marine area, and it is my desire as the local MP, to ensure that this is achieved either through this process or a process in the future. Greater marine protection on the Island will also complement the Aotea Conservation Park.

“These new categories make available more options for preserving this unique part of the Hauraki Gulf.  I have raised this issue with Ministers, particularly the need to begin a collaborative process so we can discuss how this can be best achieved. I have seen first-hand through previous proposals on Waiheke and Great Barrier Island, that more focus and better tools for marine protection are needed.

“Auckland is a growing city, and it is very important that we have tools like the Recreational Fishing Park to ensure that the city has an environment that will be sustainable for Aucklanders in the future.

“I encourage all interested people and groups to give their feedback on the proposed changes, so we all have a hand in preserving and shaping the Hauraki Gulf”.

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

New Aotea Conservation Park an Auckland treasure

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The new conservation park on Great Barrier Island will ensure greater protection for the island’s unique flora, fauna, birds and wildlife, while also increasing tourism opportunities for the local community and Auckland, says Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye.

“I am absolutely delighted that Minister of Conservation Nick Smith has accepted a proposal I put forward last year to establish a conservation park on Barrier – this means that more than 12,000 hectares will receive higher status and better protection,” says Ms Kaye.

“Since it was first proposed in September last year, I have talked with many locals and Aucklanders who are very supportive of having another park, along with the benefits of greater protection for Barrier’s precious wildlife and plants.

“The area included in this new park is home to some of New Zealand’s most special native plant and wildlife. The park is the largest park of conservation status in Auckland, comparable in size to the Auckland Council’s Hunua and Waitakere Ranges parks.

“In particular I hope that young Aucklanders will visit the new park in the years to come. I have met many who have never visited the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. The park will be a major draw card and great for enhancing conservation education.”

The Aotea Conservation Park also presents the community with increased recreation and tourism opportunities, which can only benefit the island, Ms Kaye says. 

“I welcome Minister Smith’s decision and look forward to working with residents on the next steps, which include ensuring strong island and iwi representation on the park’s advisory committee. I want to specifically acknowledge Ngati Rehua and the importance of ensuring it is an integral part of this committee.

“The estimated more than 50,000 visitors to the island each year are the main source of income for the island and local businesses.

“The Government has already invested around $1 million to ensure the island has better cellphone and broadband coverage. The $2.5 million announced today to help repair recent storm damage to island infrastructure, and ensure the Aotea track is in good shape, is crucial for the economic development of the island.

“The next project that I would love to see happen for the island is the designation of Aotea track as one of the ‘New Zealand Great Walks’. To have it recognised alongside the Milford, Tongariro, Heaphy and Routeburntracks would be an additional  boost for tourism for the island and Auckland.

“Finally, I would like to thank the Minister of Conservation for his work in considering the proposal and submissions.  This is a great day for Great Barrier Island and Auckland.”