29 June 2012
Key Notes: Delivering better public services
On Monday, I announced the targets that I expect our public service to deliver for New Zealanders over the next five years. These targets are specific and measurable, which means we'll be able to show you how we're doing against each one. We'll report regularly on each of these, because we know how important it is that we're delivering against our promises.
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28 June 2012
Funding boost to rebuild Kaiapoi’s aquatic centre
The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust will donate over $1 million to fund repairs to the damaged Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre, Prime Minister John Key announced today.
“The earthquakes have created a shortage of pool spaces in the Canterbury region, so the funding decision is a big boost to the community groups which use this facility,” says Mr Key.
generous $1,100,000 grant will go towards replacing the roof and
supporting structures, including new foundations, beams, flooring and
The total repair costs are estimated at $4.9 million, with additional funding being covered by insurance and the Waimakariri District Council.
“Public swimming pools, such as the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre, are enjoyed by those as young as six months old to more senior members of the community. It will be fantastic to have this valuable facility back up and running.”
The project is expected to be completed within 12-14 months.
While in Canterbury today, Mr Key will also visit the temporary building accommodation project in Rangiora, which received funding from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
“The Trust approved funding of up to $200,000 to support the project. This will give local businesses displaced by the earthquakes the ability to keep trading in their town centre.”
The funding has been used to provide public
amenities including lighting, walkways, walkway covers, signage and
landscaping for the buildings constructed by the Waimakariri District
The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal was launched by Mr Key, and is the Government’s official, global fundraiser for the recovery effort for Christchurch and the Canterbury region.
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25 June 2012
Video: Better public services announcement
25 June. At the regular post-Cabinet press conference, Prime Minister John Key and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English outline developments in the National-led Government's plans to ensure more effective outcomes from the public service. For detail, see http://www.national.org.nz/public-services.aspx
20 June. Prime Minister John Key discusses the Voluntary Bonding scheme for medicine graduates and addresses criticisms made by Opposition politicians about the mixed ownership model legislation.