22 December 2016

Policy Update – 22 December 2016

Our fortnightly policy updates keep you up-to-date with the industry.

Prime Minister Bill English announces Cabinet reshuffle

On Sunday 18 December Prime Minister Bill English announced his new Cabinet line-up. “This new Ministry is focused on providing prosperity, opportunity and security for all Kiwis, including the most vulnerable in our communities”, the Prime Minister said in his press release.

Portfolio Minister Associate Minister
Building and Housing Nick Smith
Transport Simon Bridges David Bennett
Infrastructure Steven Joyce
Energy and Resources Judith Collins
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith Louise Upston
Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse
Communications Simon Bridges
Science and Innovation Paul Goldsmith
Education Hekia Parata (until May 2017)
Environment Nick Smith Louise Upston
Climate Change Issues Paula Bennett
Civil Defence Gerry Brownlee
Economic Development Simon Bridges Nathan Guy, Te Ururoa Flavell
Women Paula Bennett
Ethnic Communities Judith Collins
Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro
Immigration Michael Woodhouse David Bennett
Local Government Anne Tolley Jacqui Dean


Read the Prime Minister’s media release here.

The full Ministerial list is available here.

Kaikoura inland road to open on Monday

The Minister of Transport Simon Bridges has announced the Kaikoura inland road (route 70) will open for unrestricted use next week (week beginning 19 December), providing a two-way road link in and out of Kaikoura for the first time since the earthquakes.

According to the Minister’s press release crews have worked relentlessly for the past five weeks to make the severely damaged road safe for general use. The NZ Transport Agency now plans to fully open the road from Monday 19 December, barring any major aftershocks or extreme weather over the weekend.

The NZ Transport Agency continues to repair and maintain the alternative state highway road for vehicles travelling through the Springs Junction and Lewis Pass route while the work to re-instate SH1 progresses.

Find out more here