In the House Welfare reforms to start with young people
National is changing the government’s approach to disengaged, vulnerable young people by giving them intensive support to get back on track.
We will ensure the Ministries of Education and Social Development share information so we know when teenagers leave education early. We will also fund support providers to mentor them and get them back into education or training.
For those teens receiving adult benefits, essential costs like rent will be paid directly for them. They will receive payment cards which can be used only for essentials, along with some spending money.
We will require them to be in education, training or work. There will be options for them: National is providing 7500 free training places under the Youth Guarantee next year, and Trades Academies will be offering 4500 places within two years.
The welfare system has been failing these young people. These changes will set them up with skills and training so they have more options in the future.
More information: Changes to alcohol bill accepted
The Government will accept all of the Justice and Electoral Committee’s recommended changes to the Alcohol Reform Bill.
This reflects National’s commitment to listen carefully to what people said in submissions on the bill.
We’ve agreed to accept all 130 substantive changes to clauses to help us build a strong and enduring framework to reduce alcohol-related harm and support a safe and responsible drinking culture.
Key changes include restricting alcohol displays in supermarkets and grocery stores, banning convenience stores from selling alcohol, and introducing a minimum age of 20 years to obtain a manager’s certificate.
The Alcohol Reform Bill focuses on minimising alcohol-related harm, including crime, disorder, and public health problems. It zeros in on where harm is occurring – particularly around young people.
More information: Out and About
The Sunday morning market in Manurewa is getting more and more popular as word spreads of the vast array of goods available there. I enjoy getting feedback from members of our Manurewa community. I have also been busy doorknocking. Our many initiatives in law and order, education and health are widely appreciated. Public Meeting
The Manurewa team held a well-attended public meeting on the Alcohol Law Reform Bill. Chester Borrows MP, Chairman of the Justice Select Committee gave a very clear account of the committee process and noted that this legislation is the first “push back” after decades of liberalisation of laws surrounding alcohol sale and consumption.
Our Manurewa community has suffered a significant amount of alcohol related harm over the years. This legislation will give our community a chance to have a say on the number of liquor outlets in Manurewa as well as their opening hours – a hugely valuable tool.
Interestingly, when queried, those attending our public meeting indicated an overwhelming preference for a purchase age of 20 at both on-licences and off-licences. Westpac Auckland South Business Awards
These awards honoured nine businesses across a range of categories including acknowledging excellence in manufacturing, exporting, innovation and contribution to our community. Congratulations to all finalists and the Supreme Winner, East Tāmaki Healthcare. Technology Development Grants foster export success
The National-led Government is concentrating on increasing the value of our exported goods and the proportion of our GDP generated by exports. $50 million in technology development grants were recently awarded. Local Manurewa company, Argenta, received $4.68 million towards research and development over the next three years. Argenta employs over 150 people and 4000 tonnes of high value, innovative animal health products leave the plant each year for markets in the US, Europe and Asia! Manurewa East School refurbishment
I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at a ceremony marking the extensive refurbishment of Manurewa East Primary School. Education is a collaboration between teachers, students and parents. I was impressed by the courtesy, politeness and talent of the pupils of Manurewa East – a credit to their school community and their parents and, of course, themselves.
The National-led Government is committed to quality education at all levels. Since 2009, we have undertaken significant refurbishment programmes in 12 of our Manurewa schools.