From a self-interest perspective, one of the latest Beehive announcements was warmly welcomed by the veteran scribes in the Point of Order newsroom. It was the news of the Government’s Older Workers Employment Action Plan, aimed at supporting older people to stay in the workforce and transition their skills as they age and their circumstances change.
Recognising that older workers make up around a third of the New Zealand workforce and almost half of all New Zealanders aged 65 to 69 are employed, the plan focuses on people aged 50 and over.
But the announcement with the most significant nation-wide implications was the invitation to all New Zealanders to have their say on a proposed National Adaptation Plan to help communities across the country adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
The consultation document is HERE.
The draft plan outlines the actions the Government will take over the next six years in response to the priority climate-related risks identified in the 2020 National Climate Change Risk Assessment, so that all sectors and communities are able to live and thrive in a changing climate. The consultation also outlines proposals for flood insurance and managed retreat policies.
Oh – and Climate Change Minister James Shaw warned that councils and property owners must shoulder some of the costs.
On the other hand, the Government will spend $1.4 billion on infrastructure for five Auckland suburbs. Around 400 urban renewal projects in Mt Roskill, Mangere, Tāmaki, Oranga and Northcote will receive funding from the Government’s $3.8 billion Housing Acceleration Fund (HAF) to develop build-ready land to enable up to 16,000 homes in the suburbs over the next five to 16 years.
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