We have stood by the people of Canterbury and are absolutely committed to the rebuild and regeneration of the region.
So far, we’ve committed $17 billion to the earthquake recovery. We’re investing heavily in new world-class assets for Christchurch.
And we’re investing heavily in roading and in education. The results of our commitment to this region speak for themselves. Canterbury is humming.
Canterbury Economic Snapshot
- 46.6% economic growth since National was elected
- 16,500 new jobs created in Canterbury over the past year.
- $13,363 increase in average annual wages in Canterbury since 2008, more than double the rate of inflation
70 more Police for the Canterbury Police District and Rolleston will now have a 24/7 Police presence – as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.
- $1.1b to rebuild Christchurch schools, including 10 new schools, and another set to open in 2019.
- $952m for the Christchurch Northern Arterial, Western Corridor, and Southern Motorways, critical for improving travel times for commuters, and to support growth and development in the region.
- 21 more towns in Canterbury to get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 30,000 people in places like Temuka, Waimate, Geraldine, and Darfield.
- 63,790 children in 191 schools benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
- 98.4% of young children in Canterbury participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
- 84.4% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2 in Canterbury, an increase of 8.8 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 634 more 18-year-olds.
- 91,600 children in Canterbury benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
- 7,230 more patients a year in Canterbury receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
- 93,790 60 to 74-year-olds in Canterbury will be eligible for our bowel screening programme, which is being rolled out across the country to help prevent some of around 1,200 deaths each year.
- As of 31 March 2017 there were over 980 doctor full-time equivalents and over 2,940 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Canterbury DHB. That’s over 210 more doctors and over 670 more nurses compared to 2008.
- Canterbury DHB will receive an extra $51 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $1.476 billion for 2017/18. That’s an extra $390 million in funding over the last nine years.
- Between 2008 to 2016, in the Canterbury DHB:
- Elective surgeries are up 44%.
- Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 63%.
- Cataract surgeries are up 29%.
- Hips and knee replacements are up 70%.
- First Specialist Assessments are up 37%.
South Canterbury DHB
- As of 31 March 2017 there were over 60 doctor full-time equivalents and over 260 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the South Canterbury DHB. That’s over 20 more doctors and over 40 more nurses compared to 2008.
- South Canterbury DHB will receive an extra $7 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $186 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $40 million in funding over the last nine years.
Between 2008 to 2016, in the South Canterbury DHB:
- Elective surgeries are up 9%.
- Cataract surgeries are up 26%
- First Specialist Assessments are up 31%.
Making a Difference
- 5,316 people in Canterbury helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
- 167,410 businesses and homes in Canterbury now able to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband as part of our $2 billion investment to roll out faster internet across NZ.