Rebuild focus of Key's 'state of nation' speech
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:20p.m.
By Brook Sabin with NZN
Prime Minister John Key has again focussed on the economy in his ‘state of the nation’ speech, announcing that thousands of extra apprentices will be trained for the Christchurch rebuild.
At Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium, Mr Key revealed that the Government will work on a new initiative to expand and improve apprenticeship training.
“As a result of these changes, and stimulated by the boom in construction and other trades that is already underway in Christchurch, we estimate that around 14,000 additional apprentices will start training over the next five years, over and above the numbers previously forecast, “ Mr Key says.
Currently the Government’s apprenticeship scheme, Modern Apprenticeships, is only available for people who begin their training between the ages of 16 and 21.
But the new scheme, called New Zealand Apprenticeships, will be open to anyone, regardless of age.
Overall subsidy payments for the scheme will increase by $12 million in the first year.
The Government will also offer an incentive to get people into the scheme by giving the first 10,000 new apprentices who enrol after 1st April 2013 $1,000 towards their tools and off-job course costs, or $2000 in priority construction trades.
The Prime Minister has also signalled housing as a major issue for 2013.
It follows Labour’s announcement last year that it would build 100,000 affordable homes in 10 years under a scheme called KiwiBuild, and the Green Party’s announcement yesterday which would see an effective rent-to-own scheme alongside KiwiBuild.
John Key says the Government is working on a further stage of Resource Management Act reforms, which will be released in the next few months.
“I want to see big improvements in this area and it’s going to be a high priority for the Government this year.”
But Labour and the Greens say that approach is simply tinkering around the edges.
‘Big opportunities for NZ’
Mr Key is forecasting a drop in employment and says high commodity prices are likely to hold up.
"New Zealand faces some big opportunities […]Trade and investment links are increasingly with Asia, which is the fastest growing region in the world,” he says.
Over the course of this year, Mr Key says the Government will launch new investment initiatives, more funding for research and measures to cut business costs.
The Resource Management Act will also be the focus of the Government axe and Mr Key says changed are on the way over the next few months.
“It's ridiculous that developers can wait six to 18 months for a resource consent [and that] we allow councils to charge whatever fees they want and it's ridiculous that we allow them to demand almost anything as a condition for a consent.”
Main points from Key’s speech
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26/01/2013 2:39:02 p.m.
jim t Watson wrote:
Key has no Idea or brains to how to ,run a country,he uses the brains of others who are equally brainless.Can just imagine if he was the PM of another larger country,he would have been booted out well before the first term was up. All the Nat party can see for the future is larger dollar signs,and nil growth,nil housing,nil work force.Nil better standard of living for thousands.BUT PLENTY OF NZ ASSET SALES.and red books.
26/01/2013 12:11:39 p.m.
Contempt for democracy by making veiled threats to local govt.
More deregulation via gutting the Resource Management Act.
Relying on the Christchurch rebuild for economic growth - still.
Implementing an apprenticeship scheme after gutting Labour's apprenticeship scheme. Wasn't the need for trade apprenticeships to tackle the Christchurch rebuild obvious two years ago? By the time we have the skilled tradespeople ready for the rebuild, Christchurch will be a ghost-town.
Cutting business costs and making NZ *a magnet for investment* is nothing but code for undermining workers rights, driving wages and conditions ever lower so the elite can make ever larger profits.
And dividing up the state and giving it to the elite by selling off our vital infrastructure.
Is that all they've got? More of the same reactive, reflexive idiocy? Where is the vision for the future?
26/01/2013 7:33:46 a.m.
Changes to the Resource Management Act will not benefit the ordinary New Zealander as Key promotes by increasing housing affordability. Its just another help for the farming and mining industries to do away with environmental protections and thus increasing profits for some, but putting the costs of the impact on all. Typical for national governments. The leaky building desaster, so called electricity reforms, deregulation of primary industries with resulting loss of protections for workers (Pike River), consumers(power price hikes),
and the environment are all national governmentt policies and benefit only a few. (A brighter future- for some).
There is some hope though as slowly the world is starting to see through the con that by giving more to the already rich and powerful benefits will filter through to all people.
Its time for change.
25/01/2013 6:13:00 p.m.
if it was not for Christchurch key would be up the creek with out a paddle . he has no ideas except theft of your assets . they have no plans they do not know what to do .no body to point me to one success they have to point two . only the Cullan fund keeps it ticking along of and national and flea voted against it all the steps of the way . think god for the last labour government thats all i can say .you people would be sunk .
25/01/2013 12:40:08 p.m.
WE WANT JOBS! wrote:
Apprenticeships? What about everyone else? Is JK expecting me to throw away my degree and start hammering nails at 51 years of age? What a moron. What else is he offering? And why are dairy farms bringing in Filipino workers? What is he going to do about that? The Chch rebuild is not the answer to everything.
25/01/2013 12:39:42 p.m.
Absolutely ridiculous, channeling young people away from university level education and into apprenticeships. And once the rebuild is over? All that experience goes overseas.
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