Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks are now connected by a 169-hectare block of land purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund, Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner announced today.
A free and independent advisory service to assist North Canterbury residents with quake-related insurance claims is being extended, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner and Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith say.
The announcement follows the success of a pilot programme — set up in April — to help manage claims relating to the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on 14 November 2016.
The flexibility and location of the new Christchurch Convention Centre will be the key to its success, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says.
The Greater Christchurch Dashboard — Convention Centre looks at the specifications, capacity and benefits of the facility.
“The convention centre will be a world-class boutique venue right in the heart of the city,” Ms Wagner says.
Thousands of workers are returning to central Christchurch under a government programme designed to reactivate the city centre, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says.
The Christchurch Integrated Government Accommodation programme (CIGA) was officially completed yesterday with the opening of the Pita Te Hori Centre (formerly the King Edward Barracks site).
The Government has awarded a $240 million contract to complete the design and construction of Christchurch Convention Centre, Minister supporting Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says.
“Work on the convention centre will begin shortly with our newly-appointed main works contractor, CPB Contractors Limited. This will be a world-class boutique facility, capable of hosting international conferences as well as community meetings, balls, galas and weddings,” Ms Wagner says.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister Nicky Wagner welcome a new report which shows a continued downward trend in the percentage of pregnant women smoking.
The latest Report on Maternity shows 14.2 per cent of pregnant women smoked early in their pregnancy, down 2 per cent compared to 2008. That’s around 1,170 fewer pregnant women smoking compared to seven years ago.
“Evidence shows the earlier pregnant women quit smoking, the better the chances are for their baby,” says Dr Coleman.
Applications are open for round seven of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund, Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner announced today.
Part of the Government’s $8 million investment over four years, the funding supports trail governance bodies to maintain the Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail to a world-class standard.
The Christchurch earthquakes have had a significant impact on the make-up and distribution of people in Canterbury, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says.
The latest Greater Christchurch Dashboard — Population looks at changes in the resident population, including cultural diversity.
“As many of us who live in the region have seen first-hand, there’s been a significant population shift from Christchurch City to the neighbouring Selwyn and Waimakariri districts,” Ms Wagner says.
Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says a new resource is available to help people with low vision better manage everyday tasks.
Low vision — reduced vision or vision loss that cannot be corrected or improved by glasses, medicine or surgery — affects an estimated 29,000 New Zealanders.
The transfer of 17 properties from the Crown to Christchurch City Council marks the completion of a vital safety project along the Sumner-Lyttleton Corridor, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says.
“The corridor is currently the only way to access Sumner — a community of about 4000 people — so bunds and rockfall drapes have been installed to protect the route and road users,” Ms Wagner says.
Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner is today releasing further details on the Government offer to support the reinstatement of ChristChurch Cathedral.
“I recently received a letter from the Church Property Trustees (CPT), which manages the Cathedral, asking a number of questions about the Government offer,” Ms Wagner says.
The Government will establish a pre-market approval system for smokeless tobacco and nicotine-delivery products, other than e-cigarettes, Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says.
This follows a decision in March to legalise the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes.
“There are a number of products available internationally — including heat-not-burn, snus, moist snuff, dissolvables and inhaled nicotine — that may be significantly less harmful than tobacco smoking,” Ms Wagner says.