Money is dished up for the war on plastics, development in Kapiti and the promotion of te reo

It’s been a bit quiet, on the Provincial Growth Fund front. We had supposed (a) Shane Jones needed a breather from ladelling out money up and down the country; (b) the PGF trough needed replenishing; or (c) a mix of both.

We were caught napping, therefore,when the Point of Order Trough Monitor was triggered by a flurry of announcements.

First, in tandem with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage, he announced a $40 million allocation from the PGF for investment in projects to tackle waste. Officials are being despatched to look for suitable recipients.

Then Jones headed for Otaki where the good people of the Kapiti Coast learned they are in the money.  Or a few of them are and the money is modest.  Perhaps they are at the wrong end of the North Island.

The Kapiti handouts included the financing of a cosy little job for someone interested in liaising with the local authority and – so far as we can tell – spotting worthy recipients for PGF money next time Jones drops by.

We hear Jones is bound for the Wairarapa. Watch this space.

Meanwhile Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta was announcing $14 million is being invest in Te Māngai Pāho to

” … support the implementation of the Maihi Karauna and our goal of achieving a million people speaking basic te reo by 2040.”

The Maihi Karauna (for those who need reminding) is the Crown’s Strategy for Māori Language Revitalisation 2018 – 2023.

Here’s what we learned from the monitor –

1 JULY 2019

Major PGF investment to help address NZ’s plastics challenge      

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage have announced the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest in projects to tackle waste in New Zealand.  

The Ministers are marking the start of plastic free July by announcing a $40 million allocation from the PGF as part of the Wellbeing Budget.

The funding will be used to invest in projects that convert waste, including plastic waste, into materials and products useful to businesses and consumers, Jones said.

Eugenie Sage said the refusal of China and other countries to take our waste “is the wake-up call we need.”

Ministers have asked officials to seek out investment-ready proposals of significant scale in regional locations close to main urban centres where much of the plastic waste is generated.

“We’re looking for projects where resource consents that allow waste processing are already in place and where any construction of processing capacity could get underway before the end of 2020,” Jones said.

“We will engage with the sector over the coming weeks on the PGF investment. We are particularly interested in hearing from those with experience in the plastics recovery and recycling sector about potential projects and other actions the Government can take to improve management of plastics and other problem waste streams,” he said.

“We are also interested in possible commercial partnerships with Māori,” he said.

PGF supports manufacturing and tourism in Kāpiti

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing in manufacturing, tourism and regional capability support in Kāpiti, with support for three projects announced today by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones.

The investment is for three projects, which will boost Kāpiti’s economy, support the region to attract further investment and create employment opportunities:

Omeo Technology, Ōtaki – $2.5 million

Waiorua Lodge Limited, Kāpiti Island – $635,000

Provincial Growth Fund Programme Manager, based at Kāpiti Coast District Council – $140,000

Omeo Technology, which has developed a state-of-the-art wheelchair that can be operated hands-free by the user’s body movement, receives a $2.5 million loan to scale up and centralise its production in Ōtaki. This is expected to result in the creation of 21 jobs, including both professional and product assembly roles.

The support for Waiorua Lodge Limited will will investigate an upgrade to the existing lodge and supporting facilities at Waiorua Bay and will also look at renewable energy sources “to maintain the island’s stunning environment”.

“This could bring more people to the region which acts as a gateway to Kāpiti Island, and increase employment opportunities for local people.”

Because creating capability within the region is essential to ensure long-term success, $140,000 over two years is being provided for a dedicated person to work closely with Kāpiti Coast District Council and provide additional support for PGF-funded projects.

Funding from the Provincial Growth Fund is approved in principle and announced, after which contracts are negotiated.

Some funding may depend on completion of business cases. Payments are made once agreed milestones are met. These are set as part of contract negotiations, and differ from project to project.

1 JULY 2019

New Te Māngai Pāho funding aimed at rangatahi

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced funding that will allow Te Māngai Pāho  to commission “new and innovative digital media content”.

This new media material will be for te reo Māori broadcasts and on line platforms in a partnership with the wider Māori media sector. The new funding will help to broaden te reo Māori content for learners at all levels.

“I want this initiative to support the revitalisation of te reo. This will be a key measure to make sure innovative Māori media content is available to everyone, everywhere, at any time,” says Minister Mahuta.

“The most important target of this initiative are our rangatahi. I know that for te reo to thrive by 2040 we all need to do our part, working together to make te reo a working, living language. We also want to motivate the talent pool of Māori in the sector to engage in local story telling.

“We know that 84 per cent of our rangatahi want to improve their te reo. The majority of these young people will use the internet and their social media to connect to their language and culture.

“I want to see our rangatahi targeted to become content producers. We have to diversify how te reo is accessible to a wider group of Māori language learners no matter their level of proficiency.”

The $14 million to be invested in Te Māngai Pāho  will support the implementation of the Maihi Karauna, the Crown’s Strategy for Māori Language Revitalisation 2018 – 2023.

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