Around $800,000 will be invested to build two new classrooms at Greenmeadows School in Hawke’s Bay, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“The roll at Greenmeadows School is projected to grow, so we’re investing in these extra classrooms to provide more capacity,” says Ms Kaye.
“The school, which is located in the heart of Greenmeadows in Napier, has told me that these new classrooms will complement their vision as a school, and support them to provide a rich learning environment that provides academic, sporting and cultural opportunities for all.”
Today’s announcement is part of a third round of investments in new classrooms under Budget 2016, which provides $882.5 million for school property, including new classrooms nationwide to meet roll growth.
“Under the first two rounds, $5.8 million was announced last year for 13 additional classrooms in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne,” says Ms Kaye.
“We’re committed to building new classrooms in regions around New Zealand, such as Hawke’s Bay, which are experiencing population growth.
“The project to build the new classrooms at Greenmeadows School will be integrated with weathertightness remediation work at the school.
“I’d like to acknowledge the school for their patience as planning for this integrated project was carried out.
“The outcome will be vastly improved and expanded facilities, which offer an innovative learning environment for students.”
More announcements about new investments in roll growth classrooms will be made over the next six days.
The number of youth development opportunities in New Zealand is growing by around 10,000 annually as a result of a new approach, which includes the Government co-investing in new opportunities with philanthropic, business, iwi and other partners, says Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.
“In July last year, the Government committed $1 million to seed a Partnership Fund, with the aim of attracting investments from other partners to help grow youth development opportunities,” says Ms Kaye.
“Already, over $900,000 from the Fund has been invested, alongside around $2 million cash and in-kind support from partners towards more than 6000 new opportunities.
“There are many businesses and organisations out there which recognise the value of investing in helping young people acquire the skills and confidence they need to contribute positively to society as adults.
“It makes sense for the Government and these organisations to work together, to maximise resources and increase the number and quality of opportunities available.”
A Board was also established last year to oversee the Partnership Fund and lead the development of new collaborative partnerships to increase youth development opportunities.
“A key role of the Partnership Fund Board is to draw on the expertise and networks of its members to generate new ideas, and forge new partnerships to grow the opportunities available,” says Ms Kaye.
“They’ve achieved great results in a relatively short time, and I look forward to the new partnerships and opportunities they will develop this year.”
So far in 2017, a number of new partnerships have been announced offering a range of mentoring, volunteering and leadership opportunities for young people in fields such as sports, the creative sector and technology.
The new approach for the Ministry of Youth Development, which was announced in November 2015, is expected to increase the number of youth development opportunities from 50,000 to 70,000 annually over two years.
“We’re on track to achieve this, with the extra 10,000 opportunities expected to be created by the end of this year taking the total opportunities available to around 60,000,” says Ms Kaye.
Overall funds targeting disadvantaged youth are also expected to increase from 18 to 30 per cent.
Recent partnership announcements
A new partnership between the Government and Ngai Tahu will benefit young people living in rural and isolated areas of the South Island, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“As part of this partnership, around 250 young people will be supported to take part in mentoring and leadership programmes run by Ngai Tahu,” says Ms Kaye.
“An important aspect of the partnership is that it will reach out to those living in remote areas, where this type of opportunity isn’t normally available.”
The Government and Ngai Tahu Funds will each invest $50,000 to support a range of programmes.
“The funding provided by the partners will support initiatives including wananga outdoor education, skills development in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths, and using Te Reo and culture as a vehicle for leadership and youth engagement,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is about building young people’s capability and resilience by strengthening their personal and cultural identity, enhancing their sense of self-worth and helping them develop positive attributes and skills such as leadership and problem solving.”
The investment announced today is being made under the Partnership Fund which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.
“This is the first partnership with iwi under the Partnership Fund, and will enable more of our young people to build skills, self-confidence and a path to a successful future.”
InsideOUT Koaro and RainbowYOUTH will receive funding totalling $50,000 to expand the great work they’re doing to support LGBTI young people, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“InsideOUT Koaro will receive $30,000 over three years to help it deliver leadership workshops, while RainbowYOUTH will receive $20,000 this year to strengthen the support services it provides,” says Ms Kaye.
“The InsideOUT Koaro funding will help grow 120 young leaders, who can in turn support and mentor other LGBTI young people.
“A national organisation working to make New Zealand a safer place for all young people of diverse genders and sexualities, InsideOUT Koaro was founded by outstanding young Wellingtonian Tabby Beasley.
“Tabby is passionate about advocating for the LGBTI community, and was the first New Zealander to receive the Queen’s Young Leader Award, presented by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2015.
“The RainbowYOUTH funding will enable the organisation to deliver more services nationwide, including strengthening local LGBTI groups through the provision of training, mentoring and educational resources.
“I’d like to acknowledge Duncan Matthews, Executive Director of RainbowYOUTH, for his huge commitment to improving the wellbeing of LGBTI young people.
“RainbowYOUTH began in Auckland but has since expanded its reach right across New Zealand.”
The funding announced today builds on previous support provided, including $15,000 to InsideOUT Koaro in 2015/16 and $150,000 over three years to RainbowYOUTH, announced in 2015.
“It’s crucial that we support LGBTI young people to feel secure and included,” says Ms Kaye.
“We’ve come a long way in New Zealand in terms of embracing diversity. However, LGBTI young people are still more likely than other young people to attempt suicide or self-harm, so there’s still more work to do.
“When I became Minister for Youth there was little in the way of infrastructure to support LGBTI young people. Over the last few years the Government has invested over $500,000 to help develop a range of services, from advocacy and education to mentoring and leadership.
“We now have a range of trusted partners, including InsideOUT and RainbowYOUTH, who are leading the delivery of services, and we’re also helping smaller local groups provide essential support within their communities.
“It’s fitting to be announcing this continued support for the LGBTI community during the Auckland Pride Festival, which is about celebrating diversity, open-mindedness and acceptance.”
More than 650 young people throughout the North Island will benefit from collaborative investments in new mentoring opportunities totalling around $435,000, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“Three separate initiatives will provide these new mentoring opportunities, delivered by youth and community focused organisations Zeal, the Moko Foundation and the Graeme Dingle Foundation,” says Ms Kaye.
The investments are being made under the Partnership Fund which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.
“Zeal, an organisation dedicated to building positive youth culture and minimising harm caused by alcohol, drugs and bullying, will provide mentoring in event management for 200 young people in Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Hawke’s Bay, Kapiti and Wellington,” says Ms Kaye.
“The participants will then be supported to develop and run their own youth-led school and community events, to reach many more young people.
“The Moko Foundation, which supports and empowers communities in Northland, with a focus on vulnerable young people, will provide mentoring opportunities for 40 local young people.
“Participants will be supported to transcend social and economic barriers, and develop new skills and confidence to help put them on a path to a successful future.
“The Graeme Dingle Foundation, which is committed to transforming young lives, will provide mentoring for at least 420 young people in Auckland through its ‘Stars’ programme.
“This 12-month programme involves Year 12 and 13 students supporting Year 9 students throughout their first year at high school.
“Spending time with a trusted adviser and confidant, who can share experiences and pass on knowledge, can be hugely beneficial for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“These mentoring opportunities will provide invaluable opportunities for participants to learn new skills, grow in confidence and pursue positive futures.”
Notes re partner contributions
The Government will invest $205,000 in these new mentoring initiatives, along with around $230,000 of partner funding and in-kind support as follows:
- Government funding $70,000
- Auckland Council $7,500
- New Plymouth District Council $12,000
- Hastings District Council $6,000
- Community Action and Drugs $12,000
- CubaDupa $5,000
- Health Promotion Agency $4,000
- In-kind volunteer support $35,000.
- Government funding $75,000
- Foundation North $100,000
Graeme Dingle Foundation
- Government funding $60,000
- Private philanthropist $50,000
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced investments totalling around $190,000 to encourage more than 900 young people into volunteering opportunities which benefit them and their communities.
“This funding will support two volunteering programmes, the New Zealand Red Cross ‘Here For Good’ programme and the Nelson/Tasman Youth Leaders programme, delivered by Volunteer Nelson,” says Ms Kaye.
The investments are being made under the Partnership Fund which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.
“Here For Good will see up to 500 young people supported to design and lead humanitarian volunteer projects in their communities,” says Ms Kaye.
“The Government is investing $50,000 in this programme, and New Zealand Red Cross is investing $100,000.
“The Nelson/Tasman Youth Leaders programme will see 20 young people participate in leadership training. They will then be supported to deliver projects that engage 400 other young people in volunteering opportunities.
“The Government will invest $22,000 in this programme, with around $18,000 contributed by partners including Nelson City Council ($7000), the Tindall Foundation and its funding partner Nelson Bays Community Foundation ($2500), Tasman District Council ($1000), the Department of Internal Affairs ($7000) and in kind support from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
“As well as helping young people give back to their communities, these opportunities will also enable participants to hone important skills such as leadership, planning and collaboration.
“This is about developing our future leaders and supporting them to inspire their peers to get involved in community-focused volunteer work.”
An investment of over $270,000 in the technology mentoring programme Shadow Tech Days will help it inspire more young women into technology related careers, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“This programme, run by NZ Tech, connects participants with women working in the tech sector, as well as women studying technology at a tertiary level,” says Ms Kaye.
“By spending a day in the workforce, participants get to experience first-hand what it’s like to work in a technology role.
“Ongoing mentoring and advice is also provided through contact with a tertiary student, to help participants progress their studies towards a tech career.
“The investment announced today is being made under the Partnership Fund which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.
“The Government will invest $75,000 in Shadow Tech Days, complemented by around $25,000 from NZ Tech towards programme management, and over $170,000 of staff time from participating technology firms.”
To date, Shadow Tech Days has been run in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The Partnership Fund investment will enable it to reach more young women in these areas, and also expand its reach to Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North and Dunedin.
“Time spent with a mentor and seeing how things operate in the actual workforce can be hugely beneficial to inspiring young people’s potential career path,” says Ms Kaye.
“The experiences this programme delivers are about building the confidence of young women, and equipping them with the knowledge and support to make positive decisions about their future.”
Shadow Tech Days is scheduled to take place during Techweek (6-14 May 2017)
Around 100 young people who have overcome considerable challenges have been selected to participate in the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) which is taking place this week.
“The programme, now in its eighth year, is a great opportunity for Auckland-based young people aged 14-17 to be recognised for their personal achievements and community contributions,” says Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.
“These young people have overcome adversity and made a sustained attempt to make positive life changes such as moving away from low levels of offending, truancy or poor academic performance. They have been nominated to attend the programme by people who have worked closely with them and know them well.
“Many of us know the power of one person who we believe in making a difference to our lives. For these young people it could have been their school teacher, principal, youth or social worker, a family member, Police Youth Aid officer, or other community members.
“This week is about rewarding young people and investing in their continued personal development. Some of the activities this year include the AUT culinary school experience, a workshop at The Warehouse, white water rafting, and a sailing experience. I’d like to acknowledge the numerous sponsors who’ve got on board with supporting the PMYP and the young people taking part.
“The programme will involve a Celebration Dinner on Thursday where the young people will be celebrated for their achievements and receive their certificates. This year we are very pleased to have Paralympic double record-holder and double Gold medal winner, Liam Malone, as the guest speaker. He will talk about his life, the honour of carrying the New Zealand flag at the Paralympic closing ceremony, and his road to Rio 2016,” says Ms Kaye.
The week will end with all participants coming together for a day filled with fun challenges where they can use their leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills in various performance, recreation and adventure-based learning activities.
Bluelight, Village and YouthTown are the key youth-focused organisations supporting the young people through this programme. These organisations also provide mentoring support to participants for three months post the week’s activities.
“This programme has been hugely successful over the years with around 700 young people having taken part. As the Minister for Youth it has been a personal highlight meeting some of these young people and hearing their incredible stories and dreams for the future,” says Ms Kaye.
More information about the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme is available at www.myd.govt.nz/young-people/prime-ministers-youth-programme.html
Hon Nikki Kaye MP has been confirmed as National’s candidate for the Auckland Central electorate for the 2017 General Election.
Ms Kaye first entered Parliament at the 2008 election, winning Auckland Central for the National Party for the first time in New Zealand’s history. She subsequently won the seat again in 2011 and 2014.
Along with her role as local MP, she currently serves as Minister of Youth and Associate Minister of Education in Bill English’s National-led Government.
“I am delighted to be confirmed as the National Party candidate for Auckland central for 2017. I love this electorate, its communities and businesses, and am as committed as ever to representing it and getting results,” Ms Kaye says.
“Having been diagnosed with breast cancer, the last few months have been tough and I am so grateful for the support of my family, friends and the National Party.
“I have also been completely overwhelmed with the support I have received from Auckland Central constituents during this time. I decided to stand again as I believe there is still so much more that I can do to improve the lives of the people of Auckland Central.”
Auckland Central electorate is one of the youngest and most diverse electorates in NZ. It is also one of the most diverse to serve from a geographical perspective, including the rural areas on Great Barrier, to high density living with thousands of apartments in central Auckland, to the villas and shops of Ponsonby and Herne Bay.
“Since I was elected in 2008 I have campaigned each term on progressing a range of local and national projects for Auckland Central. I am very proud of the progress we have made,” Ms Kaye says.
“Over the last two years some of the initiatives progressed for Auckland Central include:
- The Government announcing a significant funding commitment to the City Rail Link and the beginning of construction. This is a project I have supported and advocated for since 2009.
- Progress on reform of the Unit Titles Act; affecting many people in the electorate living in apartments. I advocated strongly with a group of property professionals for changes to the law.
- $40 million property investment for Waiheke Schools (Waiheke High School and Te Huruhi School).
- The opening of the Aotea Conservation Park and re-opening of the Aotea Track on Great Barrier Island.
- Redevelopments at Bayfield School ($12 million) and Freemans Bay School ($19 million) as well as the $79 million redevelopment at Western Springs College (while not in the electorate it is an important secondary school for Auckland Central residents).
- $88 million package of cycleways benefiting Auckland and Auckland Central.
- Rollout of ultra-fast broadband on Waiheke Island recently completed. This is hugely important for social and economic progress for residents and businesses on the island.
- Improved cell reception for Great Barrier Island with a new cell site going live this year in the north of the island.
“This year my office and I have dealt with more than 10,000 constituency queries or issues by people and organisations. These issues are diverse as they can cover people living in apartments to people living in more isolated parts of Great Barrier Island.
“Through these queries, my constituency clinics and the thousands of doors I have knocked on, constituents have raised issues with me that have led to me advocating and delivering policies or projects. One of the beautiful things about our country is the ability for so many people to access Members of Parliament to personally advocate on issues.
“I am proud of the projects progressed in Auckland Central, such as significant investment in transport and education infrastructure, there is still so much more to do. Areas like central Auckland and Waiheke island are home to huge numbers of residents but are also popular tourist destinations. We need to continue to invest in world class infrastructure and services.
“Over the coming year I will be continuing to work on a range of projects including improving ferry infrastructure and services for Waiheke Island and access to better services for central Auckland residents.
“It is a privilege to be the MP for Auckland Central. I look forward to continuing to work hard and deliver for the people of Auckland Central, and for all New Zealanders in Bill English’s strong, stable National-led Government.”
Further details of some of Nikki and National’s local and ministerial achievements can be found at www.nikkikaye.co.nz.