The government could use functional language when it names a programme or agency – but nowadays it tends to avoid plain English

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Readers are increasingly being introduced to Te Reo by a government which eschews prosaic names that simply and functionally reflect an agency’ purpose – such as Ministry of Forestry.  Consistent with the discarding of plain English, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has opened a Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub (a mouthful enough in any language ) called Te Taanga Manawa in Manukau.

Manukau popped up in another announcement.

The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue.  The report by economic consultancy Sapere considers five relocation options: Northport, Manukau, the Firth of Thames, the Port of Tauranga and a shared increase in capacity at both Northport and the Port of Tauranga.

Its key findings include:

  • The port’s current downtown Auckland location has about 30 years’ capacity and there is a 10-15 year window for making a final decision on relocation
  • For all five options, engineering and consenting could be difficult
  • Manukau Harbour was the highest ranked option, although consenting could be problematic
  • The economic costs would outweigh the economic benefits for all the options, including Manukau.

Pushing beyond the Auckland region to news affecting readers nation-wide, we learn that the government is maintaining current ACC levy rates for the next two years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19, providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders.

While income is being foregone, $80 million of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package (contained in Budget 2020) has been announced.

Or rather, invitations are being sent out to oinkers with a sporting inclination to come and dip into the rich swill.

And hey – rather than call it Sports Trough, or Sports Fund, a new $68 million trough has been named Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa.   

This first release of funding from the Sport Recovery Package includes:

  • The $68 million Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund to support community sport. This builds on the KiwiSport Regional Partnership fund to provide quality opportunities for young people who are missing out, particularly in higher deprivation areas. ($34 million is from the Sport Recovery Package with the remaining $34 million from existing Sport NZ baselines).
  • A $25.4 million fund for Sport NZ’s national partners to strengthen and adapt.  This funding will also support specific sports with the cost of running premier national leagues affected by COVID-19 (including basketball).
  • $10 million for a second Community Resilience Fund to provide further immediate support to a broader range of eligible local and regional organisations.
  • An initial $7.3 million package to improve facilities for New Zealand’s upcoming hosting of world cups.

The funds will open for application by the end of August – details on Sport NZ’s website.

But let’s take a further look at the government’s preference for avoiding functional English names (EG Te Uru Rākau rather than Forestry New Zealand).

The PM and two of her colleagues said Te Taanga Manawa, the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub, represents a new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups.

The facility houses representatives of 13 agencies from central government, Maori and the community sector who are tackling the causes and impacts of family harm.

But when it comes to ethnicity, which components of the community are we talking about?

In her contribution to the press statement, Justice Under-Secretary Jan Logie said:

“Specialist family violence services such as Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri provide whanau centred approaches with their Te Ao Māori lens. As we realise the potential of Māori for Māori services, and leadership by Maori to eliminate family violence and sexual violence, whole communities will be healing their whanau for generations to come.”

She further said:

“The opening of Te Taanga Manawa is a strong statement of hope for a violence-free future for New Zealand.”

“Hope” is the critical word there.  

By the way, the government agencies which will work from the Hub are Police, Oranga Tamariki, Corrections, Counties Manukau District Health, Kainga Ora, and Ministry of Social Development.

Oranga Tamariki is also known (but not to government politicians, apparently) as the Ministry for Children and previously the Ministry for Vulnerable Children.

If you are puzzled by the role of Kāinga Ora in consuming our taxes, its full name on its website is  Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities.

The community agencies at the Hub (at least, the agencies mentioned in the press statement) include Te Whare Ruruhau O Meri, Te Iwi o Ngāti Kahu, Te Kahui Mana Ririki, Barnardos, Te Whānau Rangimarie, Friendship House and Eastern Refuge Society.

Release

7 JULY 2020

Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub

A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland.

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Hon Stuart Nash Jan Logie

Prime Minister

Justice

Police

Release

7 JULY 2020

New Report on Auckland Port Relocation

The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue.

Hon Phil Twyford Hon Shane Jones

Transport

Release

7 JULY 2020

Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features

The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.

Hon Eugenie Sage

Land Information

Release

7 JULY 2020

Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings

Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation

Hon Dr Megan Woods

Housing

Release

7 JULY 2020

$80 million for sport recovery at all levels

Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.

Hon Grant Robertson

Sport and Recreation

Release

6 JULY 2020

Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022

The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says.

Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

ACC

 

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