Our Week That Was series gives you a round-up of all the achievements, announcements, and other political goings-on around Parliament and across the country over the past week. We're proud of all we're doing to make New Zealand a great place to live - and we want to share it with you!
We're going to start off this week's wrap by cheating a little bit, and talking about something that technically happened at the end of last week...
Our first families were welcomed into their KiwiBuild homes!
It was incredibly fitting that this special moment occurred on the anniversary of one year in Government. Check out the short video below of two proud new KiwiBuild home owners.
This week, we also made a major announcement in Porirua - a massive regeneration of the area which will mean thousands of new homes. The plan is the biggest and most ambitious regeneration since eastern Porirua was built 60 years ago.
We're investing in affordable KiwiBuild and market homes under a plan to revitalise eastern Porirua as the Government continues to tackle the housing crisis.
Many of the 2,000 state homes in eastern Porirua will be replaced with a mix of new warm, dry, high quality public housing as well as affordable KiwiBuild and market homes. These include the suburbs of Ascot Park, Waitangirua, Cannons Creek and Ranui. There will also be 150 additional new homes added to the public housing stock elsewhere in Porirua.
As a result of today’s announcement, not only will eastern Porirua public housing tenants get new housing, but all of Porirua will benefit from the jobs created, and from having people attracted to the area by new affordable, KiwiBuild starter homes.
The PM welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to New Zealand this week. Take a look at this quick video of the PM and the Duke and Duchess during a walkabout in Auckland.
This week we also took a significant step forward in the Pike River drift re-entry, with the release of a report following nine months of intensive work by Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa Pike River Recovery Agency.
The Agency has identified three safe and feasible re-entry options to recover the drift:
- Drive a small tunnel to create a ventilation circuit;
- Single entry, using the existing main drift access tunnel as the sole means to ventilate the main drift;
- Single entry with a large diameter borehole.
The Pike River Families and their representatives have been also included at every stage. The families have shown extraordinary patience and tenacity, and their contribution has been crucial. We thank them.
Lastly, this weekend brings a major event on the Labour Party calendar - the Labour Party Conference! This conference is a great opportunity to get together to celebrate all our achievements while in Government, and to gather people from around the country to develop new policy. Look forward to some updates to come!
That's it for this week! Tune in next week to keep up-to-date on all the latest buzz around the Beehive and everything else happening around the country.