Christchurch Central Electorate

 

Today the Prime Minister unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the few facilities at Burwood Hospital.

I was very pleased to see the Ministry of Education; Tertiary Education Commission was the winner of the Excellence in Achieving Collective Impact award at IPANZ.  Trades Academies motivate students to get real, hands-on experience, an NCEA Level 2 qualification and a head-start on their future career.

It was great to see the New Zealand Police win the Building Trust and Confidence in Government IPANZ  award.   Public trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police has jumped 9% (up to 78%) over seven years as a result of culture change initiatives.

As we mark the fifth anniversary of Christchurch’s earthquake, we can reflect on how far we’ve come and continue to look forward.

With the school year underway, $412,400 has been paid to Canterbury caregivers looking after children who have lost their parents, or are unable to live with them.

Through the School and Year Start Up payments we ensure children looked after by family carers are provided with the tools they need to make the most of their education.

It was a special occasion on Friday when I attended the opening of Saint Francis of Assisi catholic school.

After the closure of Our Lady of Fatima School and St Paul’s School, the opening of St Francis of Assisi Catholic School is an exciting development for the area.

The year is off to a flying start with major developments across iconic Canterbury sites showing the rebuild is continuing at pace.

In Christchurch, 664 people are receiving help to buy their first home through the Government’s new $435 million KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme.

Four schools in the Christchurch Central electorate are part of a group of 18 schools forming Christchurch Catholic Schools Community of Learning with 2560 students and the Linwood Community of Learning for 2197 students.