Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe today joined the Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff, and Māngere-Otahuhu Local Board Chair, Lemauga Lydia Sosene, in cutting the ribbon to mark the completion of the Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project in Māngere, Auckland.
The Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project is a collaboration between the Government, Auckland Transport and the Māngere-Otāhuhu Local Board. The Government has contributed $5.2 million to the project, which is delivering safer streets for Māngere, with the aim of creating a healthier community and transport environment.
Residents and visitors of Māngere will now be able to experience shared and wider pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, planting, improved bus stops, a community trail, improved access to the town centre and local schools and safer crossings.
“When compared with other Auckland communities, between 2009 and 2013, Māngere Central had a disturbing record for the number of fatal and serious crashes in the area. Statistics show that twenty-six per cent of all crashes in the centre of Māngere involved pedestrians, which is why this project is so critical. These new and improved facilities will make it safer and easier to walk and cycle in this community,” says Mr Macindoe.
“By encouraging young people, in particular, to get around on foot or by bike we’re making a positive difference to the people of this neighbourhood. We know people want safe, accessible routes to get them to shops, schools and services, and that this increasingly open, welcoming environment is going to deliver great benefits for this community.”
The Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project is a Safer Journeys Signature Programme project under the government’s second Safer Journeys Action Plan.
Mr Macindoe says this project was identified as a Signature Programme project due to the ambitious and innovative nature of it. The project also applies the Safe System principles and approach with the aim of reducing deaths and serious injuries.
“As part of the project a research team is evaluating the wider benefits of creating a better transport environment. The research findings will be used to inform future design approaches, planning processes and policy,” says Mr Macindoe.
The project has also benefitted from community involvement to incorporate cultural elements reflecting the identity of the Māngere people in the design.
Attached: Artist’s impressions of Te Ara Mua – Future Streets, Mangere.
Customs Minister Tim Macindoe warmly congratulates Customs on its win at the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand excellence awards last night.
Customs won the Excellence in Regulatory Systems category for its Joint Electronic Verification System (JEVS), a technology solution which transformed the border clearance system for New Zealand exports in China.
Mr Macindoe says the system has not only improved our border and trading relationship with China, but it has also provided increased assurance to New Zealand exporters.
“Goods exported to China increased substantially after the 2008 NZ–China Free Trade Agreement leading to an increase of shipments being processed in China, and with border clearance processes being largely manual it could take three to five days,” says Mr Macindoe
“With most NZ exports to China being perishable goods, trade barriers have a significant effect on their access to market.
"Since the introduction of JEVS in 2016, processing times have reduced from three to five days to two hours. It has also provided certainty for clearance times for New Zealand exporters and minimised reputational risk to New Zealand from the former paper system.
“This is a great example of the two countries working together on an innovative way to improve our trading relationship and at the same time contribute to New Zealand being a more productive and competitive economy. This can only get better as other countries can also join up to the system.
“Customs should be proud to have won the excellence award as well as being a finalist in the Excellence in Improving Public Value through Business Transformation category of the awards.”
Around $5.5 million will be invested under Budget 2017 to provide more new classrooms for schools in Northland, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.
Minister Macindoe visited Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe today to make the announcement.
“This first round of school infrastructure investment under Budget 2017 will provide a total of eleven new classrooms at three schools and kura in the region,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is about building extra capacity into the Northland school network to accommodate roll growth, as well as upgrading existing school infrastructure.”
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Ruakaka School - three roll growth classrooms Ngunguru School - six classrooms (two roll growth and four replacement) Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe - two roll growth classrooms.
“The new roll growth classrooms will provide an extra 140 student places,” says Ms Kaye.
“We’re making sure that Northland’s school network is meeting the needs of local communities, and that children are learning in modern, inspiring environments.
“I was fortunate to be in Waitangi on Saturday evening where I met some amazing young people who are part of a mentoring programme being delivered by the Moko Foundation.
“The Government has contributed to this programme, which encourages local young people to transcend social and economic barriers and develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life.
“We believe in the Northland region and the potential of its young people, and we’re committed to supporting their pathways to success by investing in local initiatives and local schools.”
At Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe, Mr Macindoe said the kura has benefited from strong leadership in recent years and as a result has seen an increase in their roll and in student achievement.
“These new, modern classrooms will further help these students, and students from the other two schools, reach their full potential,” says Mr Macindoe.
“The Ministry of Education will work with all the schools and kura to ensure their new classrooms meet the current and future needs of students, and provide the best possible learning environments.”
Today’s announcement is part of the first round of infrastructure investments being announced as part of this year’s Budget.
“Since 2008, we have committed over $75 million to upgrade schools and add capacity in Northland. This further investment from Budget 2017 shows our continued commitment to the region and to Māori medium learning” says Mr Macindoe.
“Today’s announcement builds on the almost $20 million investment from Budget 2016, which provided for a new site and buildings for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Tonga o Hokianga and 16 roll growth classrooms across the region.”
This investment in Northland schools is part of a $456.5 million investment in education infrastructure and associated operating costs as part of Budget 2017.
Mr Macindoe says with this new investment, we have now committed well over $5 billion towards school infrastructure.
Customs Minister Tim Macindoe welcomes the signing of a Customs Cooperation Agreement with the European Union in Brussels overnight.
The Agreement will strengthen cooperation with the European Union in such areas as Customs procedures and supply chain security and risk management.
Mr Macindoe says this Agreement signifies our joint ongoing commitment to close cooperation.
For New Zealand, the Agreement will:allow for closer cooperation on the delivery of technical assistance and capacity building activities we provide to other countries, particularly in the Pacific enable us to learn from each other particularly in terms of research and development in customs technology provide the opportunity to develop agreements with the European Union covering other facets of the customs relationship.
“The Agreement also represents a necessary first step towards agreeing a mutually recognised secure trade scheme, which will ultimately allow accredited companies faster clearance of exports into the European Union and New Zealand,” Mr Macindoe says.
Budget 2017 has already provided for around $30 million to increase capacity in Bay of Plenty and today Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced a further $3 million will be invested in schools in the region.
Minister Macindoe visited Taupo-nui-a-Tia College in Taupo today to make the announcement.
“On top of the new school in Papamoa, the expansion of Golden Sands School and nine new roll-growth classrooms at Pillans Point Primary School announced last month, the first round of school infrastructure investment in Budget 2017 will also provide six new classrooms to three schools in the region,” says Mr Macindoe.
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Taupo-nui-a-Tia College - two new classrooms Te Puke Primary - one new classroom Taupo Intermediate -three new classrooms.
“Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is popular both locally and with international students and is widely known for being well-rounded. As a result, this school has seen its roll continue to grow since 2016. Te Puke Primary and Taupo Intermediate Schools have also seen their rolls grow in recent times.
“The Ministry of Education will work with the schools to ensure that their new classrooms meet the current and future needs of their students and provide the best possible learning environments to enable their students to reach their potential.”
“Today’s announcement also builds on the $23.2 million invested through Budget 2016 for a new school in Pyes Pa and 14 roll-growth classrooms at six schools, taking the total over the past two Budgets to over $55 million,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Overall, Budget 2017 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure which takes our overall commitment to school property to over $5 billion in recent years.”
It is expected that the new classrooms will be operational before the end of the 2018 school year.
Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe has launched the first product of the Transport Outlook project, the Transport Outlook: Current State report. The Transport Outlook project aims to provide information, data, and analysis on New Zealand’s current and future transport system.
“Understanding transport demand and emerging trends in our transport system is crucial to ensure that we can provide the right information for the general public and transport planners, investors, and policy-makers,” Mr Macindoe says.
“The report combines information from all transport modes for the first time. It provides invaluable information on what is currently happening in the New Zealand transport sector and analysis of what it means.”
Information included in the report ranges from public transport patronage in the main urban centres, freight volumes through ports, passenger numbers through airports, transport deaths and injuries, composition of the vehicle fleet, through to the use of different travel modes for work, education, and personal business.
Some of the key statistics highlighted in the report include:More than 36,000 aircraft arrived in New Zealand in 2016, just over double the number in 1998 Over the last ten years our exports have increased by 74% in volume New Zealanders spend on average just under one hour a day travelling Two car households are now more common than single car households In 2000/2001 there were 86 million public transport boardings by June 2016 this had increased to 148 million boardings The use of ferries to cross the Cook Strait has increased 95 per cent since 2000/2001 About 38 million passengers used our airports in 2016 Our vehicle fleet has grown 44% since 2000 Train patronage in Auckland has grown by 67% in five years Queenstown is our fastest growing airport in percentage terms Only one third of young people have a driver licence, compared with nearly half in 1989 Only 3 per cent of 5-12 years olds use cycling as a mode of transport Between 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 cruise ship passenger numbers increased by 26% to reach a total of 254,409 There were 138 cruise ship voyages, spending a combined 703 days stationed at a port in 2015/2016 The largest container vessels coming in to New Zealand ports at the end of 2016 had double the capacity of the largest vessel arriving earlier the same year.
“Later this year the report will be published which will project transport demand over the next 25 years. It will examine future regional travel patterns, including the impact of new and emerging technologies,” Mr Macindoe says.
‘Transport underpins our economy and society. The information provided through the Transport Outlook project will enable us to make informed decisions about transport services and infrastructure. We will be better placed to respond to our growing population and economy and increasing tourist numbers.”
More information on the Transport Outlook project, including the full report and underlying data, can be found here.
Around $21 million will be invested for more roll growth classrooms in Auckland as part of Budget 2017, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe.
Ms Kaye made the announcement during a visit to Rowandale School in Manurewa this afternoon.
“This first round of investments in roll growth classrooms under Budget 2017 will provide a total of 41 new classrooms at eight schools across Auckland,” says Ms Kaye.
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Beachlands School – 10 classrooms Dominion Road School – 4 classrooms Meadowbank School – 4 classrooms St Thomas School, stage 2 – 9 classrooms Bairds Mainfreight Primary School – 2 classrooms Rowandale School – 6 classrooms Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku – 2 classrooms Onehunga Primary School – 4 classrooms
“Auckland is our fastest growing city, and the Government is committed to creating extra capacity in schools to support this,” says Ms Kaye.
“These new roll growth classrooms will provide around 680 additional student places to help schools with growing rolls.
“The additional places are part of a total 4,000 new student places being delivered through Budget 17 for the Auckland region.
“Combined with 17,000 places already announced, we’re on-track to deliver a total of 21,000 new student places for Auckland by 2021.”
Mr Macindoe says this investment is part of the $240 million investment allocated for Auckland school infrastructure under Budget 2017, which provides $87 million for roll growth classrooms across the city.
“As well as the roll growth classrooms, the total $240 million investment will provide Auckland with four new schools, one major school expansion, the relocations of two special education schools and additional special education satellite units,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Today’s announcement builds on the $162 million invested through Budget 16 for education infrastructure in the Auckland region. This will deliver five new schools, four of which will be delivered through public private partnerships, as well as a school expansion and 92 roll growth classrooms.”
“We have now announced all nine of the new schools that the Government pledged in 2014, with the four schools announced this year as part of Budget 17 adding to five new schools announced under Budget 16,” says Ms Kaye.
“Budget 17 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure nationally.
“This takes the Government’s overall commitment to extending and upgrading schools in recent years to over $5 billion.”
Further announcements about Budget 17 school property investments will be made over the next few weeks.
Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe has seen first-hand today how innovative weather technology is being used to help keep our roads safe.
“New Zealand’s mountainous terrain means roads serving many towns and tourist destinations have the potential to be seriously impacted every winter by the effects of snow, ice and heavy rain,” says Mr Macindoe.
As a state-owned enterprise whose commercial activities help fund and develop New Zealand’s weather forecasting, MetService is leading the world in the use of disruptive technology to change the way value is created from weather.
“I visited MetService this morning to see the positive impact that technology is having on our ability to keep roads open and safe year-round,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Investments in new weather-observing technology on key roads such as the Lindis Pass, the Desert Road and the Kaimai Range are being supplemented with data from mobile sensors, mounted on Fulton Hogan and Downer vehicles, to enhance MetService’s road-weather modelling system.”
This award-winning system, developed in 2010 in collaboration with the NZ Transport Agency, was relaunched recently with new high-resolution road weather forecasts based on MetService’s forecasting services and a host of additional weather and road information.
Mr Macindoe says that by identifying potentially treacherous areas in the road network, particularly along major routes through alpine areas, the system enables road maintenance contractors to work more efficiently and effectively – resulting in safer roads for all road users.
The system also employs visibility and rain sensors along SH29 in the Kaimai Range to notify Transport Agency operations staff when to alter variable message signs and 22 high-tech variable speed signs, warning road users to slow down when road conditions fall below agreed criteria.
One of MetService’s longest-standing road safety collaborations, dating back to 1983, is also benefiting from recently-expanded weather services. The Milford Road Alliance is a partnership between the NZ Transport Agency and Downer to manage the safety of State Highway 94 between Te Anau and Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s most visited tourist destinations.
For the 2017 winter season, new and enhanced forecast services for the Alliance’s avalanche control programme include severe weather threat matrices and animated rainfall, snow and cloud ceiling forecast maps. Site-specific rainfall and temperature probability forecasts complete the picture, along with significant improvements to the distribution and communication of data and forecasts.
“These initiatives are all at the leading-edge of road safety management internationally. They are proof of New Zealand’s ability to deliver a safer transport system through the combination of expertise, collaborative innovation and utilising technological advancements,” Mr Macindoe says.
Budget 2017 has already provided for around $19 million to increase capacity in Wanaka and today Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced a further $5 million will be invested in schools in the Otago region.
Minister Macindoe visited Cromwell Primary School today to make the announcement.
“On top of the new school and six new roll-growth classrooms announced last month in Wanaka, the first round of school infrastructure investment in Budget 2017 will also provide ten new classrooms to three schools in the region,” says Ms Kaye.
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Cromwell Primary School in Cromwell (around $2 million for four new classrooms) Goldfields School in Cromwell (around $1 million for two new classrooms) Shotover Primary School in Queenstown-Lakes (around $2 million for four new classrooms).
“These schools have all been experiencing growth over recent years. This new investment will provide space to accommodate both current and future growth,” says Ms Kaye.
“We’re committed to ensuring that children learn in environments that support them to achieve to the best of their abilities.”
“Budget 2016 invested close to $29 million in school infrastructure in the Otago and Southland regions, including around $25 million for the relocation of Wakatipu High School and over $3.5 million for ten new classrooms at five schools,” says Mr Macindoe.
“In addition to the investment through Budget 2016, in June last year we announced up to $11 million would be invested in the redevelopment and expansion of Arrowtown Primary School.
“The funding we have provided over the past two Budgets for school infrastructure shows our continuing commitment to providing infrastructure to schools in high growth areas.”
This investment in Otago/Southland schools is part of a $456.5 million investment in education infrastructure and associated operating costs as part of this year’s Budget.
“With this new investment, the Government has now committed well over $5 billion towards school infrastructure, more than any other previous government,” says Mr Macindoe.
Further announcements will be made about investments in school property under Budget 2017 in the coming weeks.
Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe has today announced that around $5 million will be invested in Budget 2017 to expand the capacity of schools in the Nelson and Marlborough area.
Minister Macindoe visited Waimea College in Nelson today to make the announcement.
“This first round of school infrastructure investment in Budget 2017 will provide a total of ten new classrooms to two schools in the area,” says Mr Macindoe.
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Waimea College in Nelson (around $4 million for eight new classrooms) Renwick School, Omaka Satellite in Marlborough (around $1 million for two new classrooms).
“Waimea College services the Richmond area which has seen substantial growth in recent times and also has a number of residential developments underway. This investment will help provide space to accommodate this growth and prepare for the College’s future.
“Waimea College also caters for a number of children who benefit from additional learning support to help them achieve educational success. The eight additional classrooms will provide safe, modern and inclusive learning environments which will help raise student achievement for all Waimea College students.
“The two new classrooms for Renwick school will be delivered as a satellite bilingual unit at the Omaka Marae. This is a great opportunity to provide Te Reo provision for the Marlborough region.
“Today’s announcement builds on the $2.6 million invested through Budget 2016 for 8 new roll growth classrooms in the Nelson/Marlborough region,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Budget 2017 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure, taking our overall commitment to extending and improving our schools to over $5 billion since 2008.”
It is expected that the new classrooms will be operational before the end of the 2018 school year.
Further announcements about Budget 2017 school property investments will be made over the next few weeks.