Govt de­liv­er­ing on elec­tion prom­ises

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

THE South Waikato re­gion is for­tu­nate to house a range of in­dus­tries that con­trib­ute to the econ­omy. Agri­cul­ture, dairy and forestry add value to the district, as well as help­ing New Zealand’s econ­omy.

Na­tional sup­ports th­ese in­dus­tries and has a plan to en­cour­age in­vest­ment, strengthen our econ­omy and boost jobs for New Zealan­ders.

The Government’s pri­or­i­ties are to re­spon­si­bly man­age the Government’s fi­nances to re­turn to sur­plus and re­duce debt; cre­ate a more com­pet­i­tive and pro­duc­tive econ­omy; drive bet­ter re­sults money from pub­lic ser­vices and sup­port the re­build of Christchurch.

Na­tional has in­tro­duced 90-day tri­als to sup­port peo­ple into work ; we set time lim­its for the con­sent­ing of large projects un­der the RMA; devel­oped our un­tapped oil and gas re­sources; got ACC back into fi­nan­cial shape and kick-started a multi-bil­lion dol­lar pro­gramme of in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment.

We want New Zealand to be­come a mag­net for in­vest­ment.

This Government is en­cour­ag­ing in­vest­ment through our Busi­ness Growth Agenda by re­duc­ing costs and un­cer­tain­ties for busi­ness; en­sur­ing our peo­ple have the right skills to con­trib­ute to the work­force; build­ing in­fra­struc­ture that New Zealan­ders can rely on; un­lock­ing the po­ten­tial of our nat­u­ral re­sources; de­liv­er­ing more and higher-qual­ity trade agree­ments; boost­ing our cap­i­tal mar­kets and in­vest­ing more in in­no­va­tion.

As part of this we want to build a skilled work­force and en­sure we have the peo­ple we need to help with the re­build of Christchurch. So we are boost­ing the num­ber of peo­ple in ap­pren­tice­ships and com­bin­ing all ap­pren­tices into an ex­panded and im­proved scheme – New Zealand Ap­pren­tice­ships.

Th­ese new ap­pren­tice­ships will pro­vide the same level of sup­port, and the same level of sub­sidy, for all ap­pren­tices. Over­all sub­sidy pay­ments will be in­creased by around $12 mil­lion in the first year.

We’re giv­ing the first 10,000 new ap­pren­tices who en­rol af­ter April 1 up to $2000 to­wards tools and course-re­lated costs. Their em­ploy­ers will re­ceive the same amount.

As a re­sult of th­ese changes we es­ti­mate that around 14,000 ad­di­tional ap­pren­tices will start train­ing over the next five years.

Na­tional was re-elected in 2011 with a clear plan to build a faster­grow­ing econ­omy sup­port­ing more jobs, higher in­comes, and bet­ter pub­lic ser­vices. And this is what we are de­liv­er­ing.

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion or would like to let me know your thoughts, email Up­ston.sth­waikato@ par­lia­ment.govt.nz or phone Viv in the South Waikato Elec­torate Of­fice on 07 886 5554.

Louise Up­ston

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