More millions are announced for spending on health and wellbeing and the govt strives to get people back into jobs

Two Budget announcements were made at the weekend, ahead of Finance Minister’s big day on Thursday.  First, there’s an increase of $160 million over four years in the Combined Pharmaceutical Budget; second, there will be spending of just over $200 million on family violence services.

The family violence services announcement notably reminded us of the government’s fondness for race-based funding.

“The Budget includes support for services by Māori for Māori … “

What about support – say – for services for Asians by Asians?

Further spending was announced, too, for mental health support for at-risk communities due to Covid-19, but which Budget does this come from? Total funding, about $3 million, covers the period from April 2020 (in the 2019/20 financial year for Budget purposes) to 30 September 2020 (in the 2020/20 financial year).

Two weekend announcements were pitched at assuring us the government is striving to rejuvenate our economic wellbeing and find jobs for people.

Housing Minister Megan Woods advised us that building activity on public housing sites is back on track – nearly all 300 work sites across New Zealand are expected to be up and running again this week.

Kāinga Ora –  the government agency in charge of this programme, for any readers confused by the profusion of public agencies bearing names which don’t easily identify their purpose – has around 3,000 state, market and affordable homes under construction and contracted valued at around $1.5 billion, “so this is a real boost to economic activity”, Woods said.

Of this, around $530 million will be paid for construction work still to be delivered.  Woods deftly turned this into a political positive – it’s

“ … a sizeable income stream still to make its way toward Kāinga Ora’s build partners”

And

“The construction industry is one of the best multipliers of investment with every dollar spent estimated to deliver around three dollars in the wider economy.’’

But there’s a geographical focus:  about one third of the 300 Kāinga Ora sites are in the Auckland region and a third in the Wellington region.

Biosecurity Minster Damien O’Connor and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage, meanwhile, have been overseeing the redeployment of up to 160 redeployed workers to pick up jobs in 55 biosecurity and conservation projects to get the regional economy moving again.

Again, some regions will benefit from the projects they announced – but not necessarily all.

Defence Minister Ron Mark has been busy, too, working with his Aussie counterparts to organise an Anzac response to the Covid-19 invasion.   Australia and New Zealand, as a result, have agreed to further strengthen defence cooperation in the fight against Covid-19 on both sides of the Tasman and in our Pacific neighbourhood.

Anything else?

Oh, yes.  Rotuma Language Week has been officially opened by Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio  (via video, of course, in an event hosted by the New Zealand Rotuman Fellowship Inc).

Top marks to Sio.  He was able to bring Covid-19 into this statement, saying Pacific peoples of Aotearoa have relished the opportunity of hearing life-saving pandemic messages being delivered in Pacific languages, on mainstream media platforms.

Here are the weekend outpourings from the Beehive –

Release

11 MAY 2020

Next steps to end family and sexual violence: Budget 2020

The 2020 Budget includes significant support to stabilise New Zealand’s family violence services, whose work has been shown to be so essential throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

Hon Poto Williams Jan Logie

Justice

Social Development

Release

10 MAY 2020

Budget 2020 – securing New Zealand’s medicine supply

Budget 2020 will ensure New Zealanders continue to get the medicines they need, despite global pressure on supply chains, Health Minister David Clark says.

Hon Dr David Clark

Health

Release

10 MAY 2020

Biosecurity and conservation jobs for redeployed workers

Up to 160 redeployed workers are set to pick up jobs in 55 biosecurity and conservation projects to get the regional economy moving again, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

Hon Damien O’Connor Hon Eugenie Sage

Biosecurity

Conservation

Release

9 MAY 2020

New Zealand and Australia Enhance Defence Cooperation in the fight against COVID-19

Joint statement: Minister of Defence Hon Ron Mark, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, Australian Minister of Defence, and the Hon Melissa Price, Minister for Defence Industry.  

Hon Ron Mark

Defence

Release

9 MAY 2020

Contact tracing audit recommendations implemented

  • Ministry of Health implementing all of Dr Ayesha Verrall’s recommendations …

Hon Dr David Clark

Health

Release

9 MAY 2020

Extra mental health support for at risk groups

Organisations supporting vulnerable groups have received a boost to provide additional mental health and wellbeing support with Health Minister David Clark today announcing $3.5 million in funding.

Hon Dr David Clark

Health

Release

9 MAY 2020

Public housing build back in action

Building activity on public housing sites is back on track with nearly all 300 work sites across New Zealand expected to be up and running again this week, Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods said.

Hon Dr Megan Woods

Housing

Release

9 MAY 2020

Pacific Language Weeks magnifies the value of a multilingual community

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the Pacific Language Weeks 2020 will forever mark a special moment in the history of Pacific peoples of Aotearoa who have relished the opportunity of hearing life-saving COVID-19-messages being delivered in Pacific languages, on mainstream media platforms.

 

4 thoughts on “More millions are announced for spending on health and wellbeing and the govt strives to get people back into jobs

  1. They are now belatedly beginning to realise the massive destruction which they have inflicted on the nation the response will be a predictable failure, a mess with money begin showered over every pet project.

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