Tourism is being nicely nourished by taxpayers and its Minister is calling eligible hogs to a replenished trough

While Kelvin Davis is calling oinkers to dip into a trough in his Tourism ministerial bailiwick, the Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, was strutting his stuff at the official grand opening of a gondola which has been well oiled, financially, from the the Provincial Growth Fund to encourage tourism.    

Tabuteau also announced two PGF grants totalling $525,000 (plus a $25,000 contribution from the Department of Conservation) to support the Ruapehu District Council in undergoing vital long-term planning to foster sustainable tourism growth.

Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni meanwhile was announcing an initiative to help young Aucklanders gain their driver’s licence.  She claimed this will make the roads safer, a disturbing bit of information which implies a serious lack of policing to make our roads safer by ridding them of unlicensed drivers. 

Oh – and  Pacific People’s Minister Aupito William Sio was applying ethnic as well as geographical constraints to the help he was announcing:  the beneficiairies will be Pacific young people living in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Whanganui/Manawatu.

All this was detected in recent days by the Point of Order Trough Monitor, which checks out the blah from the Beehive (it is up to readers to decide if the money is being well spent or squandered).

MSD-led Auckland initiative to drive people into work

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is leading an initiative in Auckland to help people gain their driver’s licence, Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, announced today.

The ministry has joined forces with other agencies and local organisations on the initiative.

Partners in the scheme include the Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Police, Auckland Business Chamber, Rule Education Trust, Blue Light Ventures, New Zealand Automobile Association, VTNZ and low-decile secondary schools across the region.

This initiative is a three-year commitment and over the next financial year will help more than 3,000 people gain their driver’s licence.

It is targeting people who don’t have a licence, or who have stalled at a licence stage, such as a young person who’s been referred by the police, a student from a low-decile secondary school, or an MSD client of working age.

The Auckland initiative is part of a wider national programme of support for driver licencing – in June MSD launched a national scheme for youth, in partnership with Oranga Tamariki and the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Over the next two years the youth scheme is expected to support up to 2,500 people in the Youth Service or Oranga Tamariki care to get their driver’s licence.

MSD clients more generally can also get help with getting or renewing a licence

In the six months to March 2019, MSD helped 5,500 people from all over the country to get a driver’s licence.

“Supporting young people to get a driver’s license will make the roads safer for everyone and will allow more opportunities for work and training,” Carmel Sepuloni said.

The initiative recognises that jobseekers have an advantage if they have a licence.

26 JULY 2019

Tupu Aotearoa supports young Pacific people to lead fulfilling and prosperous live

Pacific young people living in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Whanganui/Manawatu, are getting support through Tupu Aotearoa,  an initiative to provide new opportunities and pastoral support and helping find the right kind of job or training, advice on preparing for interviews, or career counselling, says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

Tupu Aotearoa is the new name for the Pacific Employment Support Service (PESS) which reflects the expansion of the programme to regional New Zealand.

Since its launch in 2010 as the Pacific Employment Support Service, more than 2,200 Pacific young people have accessed the service. Nearly half have been placed into work.

Seven organisations have been approved to provide this support in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, and Whanganui-Manawatu.

A procurement process to identify providers for the Hawke’s Bay, Southland and Otago regions is underway.

“In addition to the support of Minister Shane Jones and the Provisional Growth Fund, the Wellbeing Budget allocated another $14.5 million to extend Tupu Aotearoa further to cover wider Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch,” Sio said.

“One of the best things about extending this scheme is that young Pacific people will be able to access this support in the places they live. By taking the support to them, we can help young people stay broadly and deeply connected to their communities,” says Aupito William Sio.

The seven new providers of Tupu Aotearoa services in Waikato, Manawatū-Whanganui and Bay of Plenty are:

    • K’aute Pasifika Trust – a Charitable Trust based in Hamilton that provides health, education and social services to Pasifika communities and all other ethnicities.
    • Solomon Group – the largest youth services provider in the country.
    • Moving Mountains – offers a range of services to help people prepare for work.
    • SENZ Charitable Trust – a Charitable Trust aimed at improving economic wellbeing and living standards and strengthened Pacific families and communities. SENZ is an existing provider of support services through Tupu Aotearoa in Auckland.
    • Horowhenua Learning Centre Trust – a community owned Charitable Trust. Working to “develop people’s potential” they deliver a wide range of employment and education services.
    • In-Work New Zealand Limited – New Zealand’s largest provider of government support services designed to help people into work. In-work is an existing provider of support services through Tupu Aotearoa in Auckland.
    • Alignz Recruitment – a Samoan family owned and operated New Zealand Company focused on helping people and businesses succeed and grow.

26 JULY 2019

PGF supports Sky Waka Gondola at Whakapapa to completion

Regional Economic Development Under-secretary Fletcher Tabuteau, at the official grand opening of the Sky Waka Gondola at Whakapapa, said the Provincial Growth Fund had supported the Whanganui Manawatū region to diversify its economy with a significant contribution to the gondola.

He also announced two PGF grants totalling $525,000 (plus a $25,000 contribution from the Department of Conservation) to support the Ruapehu District Council in undergoing long-term planning to foster sustainable tourism growth.

In conjunction with Tuwharetoa Trust, which is contributing $9.5 million, and others, the PGF has contributed $10 million to the $25 million project in the form of a loan to the Sky Waka Gondola. 

“This vital piece of infrastructure will not only dramatically reduce the number of closed days at Whakapapa ski area for skiing because of its stable performance in high winds and alpine weather, but will also open Mt Ruapehu to all year round tourism providing access to New Zealand’s highest restaurant, and to a range of walking tracks on Mt Ruapehu,” Mr Tabuteau said.

“It’s anticipated this project will boost tourism across the central North Island by 500,000 people annually by 2025 and forecast to double regional tourism income to $400 million a year by 2028.

 The $525,000 in PGF grants to the Ruapehu District Council support governance and a regional visitor plan project to support long-term infrastructure planning.  This includes $225,000 (plus a $25,000 contribution from the Department of Conservation) to RDC in the co-ordination and delivery of a spatial plan for tourism pathway infrastructure in the Ruapehu/Tongariro national park and $300,000 over two years to support governance arrangements to drive the project and support iconic tourism developments.

28 JULY 2019

Tourism Infrastructure Fund to open 1 August    

Round four of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) will be open for applications from 1 August 2019, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced.  

The TIF provides up to $25 million annually to support regions in developing critical tourism infrastructure.

Round four of the TIF will have a focus on projects that retain community support for tourism and deliver “exceptional visitor experiences”.

Applications will close on 28 August and successful projects will be announced in November.  

In the previous three funding rounds, $45.8 million has been invested in 120 projects.  This complements other government investment, including $16.5 million in supporting “responsible camping”.

The TIF is open to all local councils and not-for–profit community organisations that can demonstrate support from their local council.

 

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