Customs Minister Tim Macindoe has recognised 165 long-serving Customs officers and staff across the country, who have protected our borders and served New Zealand for more than 3,739 years collectively.
“I would like to congratulate and thank every one of these committed Customs officers and staff members for the work they do every day to protect our borders and our country from harm and to help our economy grow,” says Mr Macindoe.
Those who have been awarded medals and long service awards have dedicated anywhere from 10 to 50 years to serving New Zealand through their roles at Customs.
“Their vast experience, the depth of their knowledge and the work they do combine to ensure that our border remains protected and secure,” says Mr Macindoe.
“The role of Customs has evolved over time and continues to do so with our ever-increasing travel and trade volumes. A record 12.8 million people crossed the border in the last financial year and that number is expected to increase to around 16 million travellers per year by 2020/21.
“These long-serving officers and staff have experienced a dynamic environment of growth at the border. They have used their skills, experience and agility to manage increasing volumes of travel and trade while also managing the risk that comes with that growth.”
The New Zealand Customs Service Medal recognises 14 years of service, professional conduct, and contribution as a frontline Customs officer. Clasps to the medal are awarded for each subsequent seven years of frontline service.
Mr Macindoe says the award ceremonies, which have taken place across the country over the previous couple of weeks, have provided a great opportunity to honour the commitment and achievement of Customs’ hard-working employees.
In this year’s ceremonies Customs staff received a total of 59 New Zealand Customs Service Medals and Clasps, and 106 long service awards.
A new site has been purchased for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Wānanga Whare Tāpere o Takitimu in Hastings, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.
“I’m delighted to announce that the Ministry of Education has purchased 90-120 Bennett Road in Waipatu, Hastings, to provide a long-term home for the kura,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is a great outcome for both the kura and the community. The site provides plenty of room for future growth and development, and its location will enable the kura to build on its local cultural connections.
“I’d like to acknowledge the patience of teachers, students and whanau who have had to wait for a new site to be identified, after an earlier site earmarked for the kura was ruled out on environmental grounds.
“Student safety and wellbeing is always paramount, and the Ministry must be guided by due process to ensure sites chosen for education purposes meet required standards.”
Mr Macindoe says around $12 million will be invested in the land purchase, design and construction of facilities for the new kura.
“The process to designate the new site for education purposes is now underway,” says Mr Macindoe.
“It’s estimated that designation could be confirmed early in 2018. In the meantime, the Ministry will progress a master plan for the new kura and prepare for the capital works project.
“Our investment in the kura means we’ve now committed around $37 million for education infrastructure projects in Hawkes Bay since June 2016.
“This is part of this Government’s record investment of over $5 billion to upgrade and expand schools nationwide since 2008.”
Recent investments announced for Hawke’s Bay schoolsHavelock North Primary School, $1.9m approx for four new classrooms, on-track for delivery by October 2017 Lucknow Primary School, $1m approx for two new classrooms, on-track for delivery by December 2017 Te Mata Primary School, $1m approx for two new classrooms, on-track for delivery by December 2017 Eskdale School, $0.8m approx for two new classrooms, on-track for delivery by October 2017 Clive School, $0.4m approx for one new classroom, on-track for delivery by October 2017 Greenmeadows School, $0.8m approx for two new classrooms, on-track for delivery in Term 1, 2019 Flaxmere College, $14m approx redevelopment, on-track for completion in early 2019 Kimi Ora Community School, $5m approx redevelopment, on-track for completion in early 2019.
Rail Safety Week begins today, and Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe is encouraging everyone to stay alert around railway tracks and trains.
“Last year, there were 101 near-misses between pedestrians and trains at level crossings and railway stations, and there have already been 58 near-misses this year,” Mr Macindoe says.
“Rail Safety Week raises awareness about rail safety, and encourages safe and sensible behaviour around trains and tracks.
“In urban areas, the increasing use of headphones around railway tracks is particularly worrying, as their use has been a contributing factor in a number of recent fatalities, as well as near-misses,” Mr Macindoe says.
“This year’s focus of ‘Remove your headphones. Remove your risk’ encourages pedestrians to pay attention when crossing train tracks ─ as trains can come from both directions at any time,” Mr Macindoe says.
In rural areas, the ‘Expect Trains’ billboards will continue to reinforce the message that trains can come from either direction at any time.
“Rail Safety Week is a timely reminder that we all need to take care around railway tracks, crossings and trains all year-round,” Mr Macindoe says.
Rail Safety Week runs from 14 until 20 August 2017.
To find out more about Rail Safety Week, visit www.tracksafe.co.nz.
Donovan Primary in Invercargill will receive funding to build two new classrooms as part of a second tranche of roll growth funding, Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe has announced.
Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie represented Mr Macindoe at Donovan Primary today, welcoming the support for a school that has experienced continued roll growth since 2005.
“Over the past two years, we have provided three roll growth classrooms to the school to provide additional capacity. The school’s roll is continuing to grow and the new classrooms funded through Budget 2017 will further extend the capacity of the school for current and future roll growth,” Mr Macindoe said.
“Around $1 million will be invested in the additional classrooms, which will enable the school to continue to achieve their vision of providing positive learning environments that develop adaptable and self-motivated lifelong learners.
“This investment is part of a $456.5 million investment in education infrastructure and associated operating costs as part of this year’s Budget,” he said.
Further announcements will be made about investments in school property under Budget 2017 in the coming weeks.
Rototuna Primary School in Hamilton will receive three new classrooms that will cost around $1.5 million, Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.
Mr Macindoe visited Rototuna Primary School today to share the news with the school.
“Today’s announcement builds on the $2.5 million that I announced earlier this year for roll growth classrooms in the Waikato, as well as the $34.6 million invested through Budget 2016 for education infrastructure in the Waikato region.”
“This brings the total amount invested in the Waikato region across the last two years to over $38 million,” Mr Macindoe says.
“Hamilton North has continued to grow and as a result Rototuna Primary’s roll has rapidly increased. These new classrooms will provide the school with additional capacity now and in the future.
“This shows this Government’s ongoing commitment to investing in school infrastructure in growing areas.
“Budget 2017 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure. This takes our overall commitment to extending and improving our schools in recent years to over $5 billion,” Mr Macindoe says.
Rototuna Primary School is part of Te Pae Here Kāhui Ako Te Raki Rāwhiti o Kirikiriroa | Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.
Around $18 million will be invested to build more new classrooms in Auckland, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe.
Ms Kaye made the announcement this afternoon during a visit to Torbay School.
“The focus of this investment is building additional classrooms to accommodate roll growth, but it includes some replacement classrooms to continue our ongoing modernisation of existing school infrastructure,” says Ms Kaye.
“The investment will see 30 classrooms constructed at four schools across the city, and builds on the $21 million we announced in June for 41 new classrooms in Auckland.”
The schools benefiting from the latest investment are:Torbay School – 12-classroom block (comprising 8 additional and 4 replacement classrooms) Owairaka District School – 8 classrooms (5 additional and 3 replacement) Kereru Park Campus – 4 additional classrooms Clendon Park School – 6 additional classrooms.
“Today’s investment will provide around 460 extra student places, adding to the 680 additional places announced in June,” says Ms Kaye.
“In total, we plan to deliver 4,000 extra student places for the Auckland region as part of Budget 2017.
“Combined with 17,000 student places previously announced, we’re on-track to deliver a total of 21,000 new student places for Auckland by 2021.
“Auckland is one of our fastest-growing areas, and the Government is committed to ensuring the city’s school network can accommodate this.
“To help plan for growth, the Ministry of Education is working more closely with local authorities and infrastructure providers and taking a longer-term view to identify where land may be needed for new schools.
“This year’s Budget provided an additional $8 million to support the Ministry to better forecast and plan for future growth in the school network.”
Mr Macindoe says that the building of extra classrooms is often combined with replacement classroom projects, as this makes both financial and practical sense.
“We want to achieve the best result for taxpayers and also minimise disruption to schools,” says Mr Macindoe.
“When new schools or classrooms are built, this also offers the opportunity to build flexible learning spaces that support an innovative learning environment.
“A school’s physical environment plays a part in supporting and inspiring students’ success, and the new classrooms announced today will be able to support a range of teaching approaches, from one-on-one to group learning. They will also feature high-quality lighting, acoustics and ventilation, as well as the latest digital infrastructure to support digital learning.”
Mr Macindoe says today’s investment is part of $240 million allocated for Auckland school infrastructure under Budget 2017, with $87 million provided for roll growth classrooms across the city.
“As well as new classrooms, the $240 million investment will deliver four new schools, one major school expansion, the relocation of two special education schools to co-locate on one site, and additional special education satellite units,” says Mr Macindoe.
“This follows more than $160 million announced under Budget 2016 for five new schools, four of which will be delivered through public private partnerships, as well as a school expansion and new roll growth classrooms in Auckland.”
Budget 17 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure nationally, taking this Government’s investment in extending and upgrading schools to well over $5 billion.
The Government is investing $7 million in a major safety upgrade project to help reduce serious and fatal crashes on the Taupo Bypass section of State Highway One, Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe says.
Ten kilometres of the East Taupo Arterial Road, between the Wairakei roundabout and the SH5 Napier-Taupo Road roundabout, will be widened and a median flexible safety barrier will be installed. Rumble strips will also be added and minor improvements will be made to the two roundabouts.
“These safety improvements are part of the Government’s Safe System approach, which acknowledges that drivers can and do make mistakes,” says Mr Macindoe.
“These improvements place greater emphasis on reducing the consequences of mistakes happening.
“The upgrade will mean the road is more forgiving and crashes are less likely to result in deaths and serious injuries.”
Between 2009, when the road was completed, and December 2016, two people have died and there have been eight serious crashes on the road.
Loss of control and fatigue have been factors in a number of these crashes, with vehicles crossing the centreline and/or running off the road.
Mr Macindoe says road safety is the responsibility of everybody. The Government is investing significantly in improving the safety of our roads and roadsides but drivers also need to ensure that they drive to the conditions, avoid speeding, take rest breaks, drive free of inhibitive substances, wear seatbelts at all times, and are respectful of other road users.
Construction on the safety improvements to East Taupo Arterial Road is expected to begin in October and be completed in mid-2018.
The improvements will be delivered by the NZ Transport Agency.
Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe today turned the first sod to mark the beginning of construction projects at both Wigram Primary and Addington Schools, as part of the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme.
Mr Macindoe attended two individual sod turning ceremonies at the respective schools this morning.
The $6.8 million investment in Addington School will see:five new learning spaces being built to replace three older teaching blocks construction of a new library replacement of the conductive education unit (sized for 16 students) the refurbishment of the school hall and administration buildings
“These new facilities will assist the school in their continued focus on their pupils’ sense of belonging, progress and achievement. A notable feature of the project will be the brand new Conductive Education space which will help children with motor disorders to reach their full potential,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Addington has developed a fine tradition in educational and cultural activities, and maintains a proud place in the community providing quality teaching and learning for its students.”
As part of the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme, Sockburn School is relocating to Wigram in 2019 to align with population migration.
“The $9m new Wigram Primary School will have two learning hubs and a multipurpose space,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Sockburn School currently has around 200 pupils. The new school will be built for 300, with provision to expand to cater for up to 500 children at a later date.”
It is intended that all children enrolled at Sockburn School at the time of the move will continue at Wigram Primary School.
“The rebuild of Sockburn School in to Wigram Primary School will provide the school with modern, innovative learning environments which will help them with their focus on increasing collaboration and continued student achievement,” says Mr Macindoe.
“I would like to acknowledge the Principal and staff of the current Sockburn School for working with the Ministry to design the new Wigram Primary School while also maintaining their focus on educational outcomes for their pupils.”
The construction work at both schools, which gets into full swing shortly, is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The $1.137b Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme is a huge undertaking with the rebuild and repair of 115 schools in greater Christchurch over ten years.
Mr Macindoe says that the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme has considerable momentum, with 85 of the 115 projects already underway or completed. All 115 projects are on schedule to be completed by 2022.
Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe today visited Wharenui School to celebrate the completion of their $2 million redevelopment and to announce that Budget 2017 will provide the school with an additional $1.5 million of funding for three new classrooms.
The $2 million redevelopment of Wharenui School has provided:eight refurbished teaching spaces an additional teaching space a refurbished administration block, toilet block and school hall.
“The government is committed to rebuilding greater Christchurch and its education network. The redevelopment of Wharenui School forms part of the $1.137 billion Christchurch School Rebuild programme, which is on track to be completed by 2022,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Wharenui School has continued to grow throughout its rebuild process meaning it requires additional capacity to accommodate current and future growth. That is why this government is investing, through Budget 2017, an additional $1.5 million to build three new classrooms.
“The new classrooms will be an excellent addition to this newly refurbished school and will enable students to achieve to the best of their potential.”
The Wharenui investment is part of a $456.5 million investment in education infrastructure and associated operating costs as part of this year’s Budget.
“This announcement builds on the $5.5 million previously announced for the Canterbury region as part of the first round of roll growth announcements, as well as the $278 million invested in the region through Budget 2016,” says Mr Macindoe.
“This brings the government’s total investment in the region over the past two Budgets to around $285 million.”
Further announcements about Budget 2017 school property investments will be made over the next few weeks.
Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe has today celebrated the first sod being turned for the relocation and rebuild of Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools at their new co-located site at QEII park in Christchurch.
Mr Macindoe attended a sod turning ceremony at the new site earlier today to mark this significant milestone.
“This multimillion dollar project will provide modern, innovative learning environments which have been co-designed with each school to meet their individual needs and support their vision for their students. Each school will continue to operate independently, maintaining their original character and focus,” says Mr Macindoe.
The co-located site will also include:
- a Performing Arts Centre with a 750-seat theatre and a second smaller 100-seat theatre,
- four full-sized sportsfields with a 400-metre running track,
- three full-sized indoor gymnasiums, two of which can be joined to host events,
- a café and fully-equipped commercial teaching kitchen,
- a new centrally located, satellite facility for students with special needs, operated by Ferndale School.
“This project is complex in that the two schools are working with the Ministry of Education to plan for their relocation and design their new facilities while also continuing to deliver excellent education from their existing sites. I would like to acknowledge and thank both schools for the way that they have managed this,” says Mr Macindoe.
The relocation and rebuild of these two schools continue the government’s $1.137 billion investment in renewing, repairing and rebuilding 115 schools in greater Christchurch by 2022.
“All over Christchurch, there are projects underway, with a very high standard of new schools and buildings coming out of the rebuild programme. We are on track to have all 115 school projects completed on time,” says Mr Macindoe.
This project will be delivered through the $220 million Public Private Partnership (PPP) with ShapEd, the Ministry of Education’s third PPP.
“This is one of the largest projects in the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme and I am confident that the PPP model being used will deliver world class design, construction and facilities management, as well as overall value for money,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Overall, including the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme, this government has committed over $5 billion in school property expenditure, more than any other government.”
The construction work at Queen Elizabeth II Park (QEII) is expected to be complete by Term Two of 2019.