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Week That Was: From New York to New Zealand!

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!

While lots of us have been watching the Prime Minister's UN Visit in New York this week, there's been plenty happening back on home turf! 

  • Pay equity for Oranga Tamariki social workers
  • Boost in aid for our Pacific neighbours to help with issues arising from climate change
  • Invested in Rotorua Lakefront redevelopment and Whakarewarewa Forest
  • Opened the Bay of Islands Hospital Accident and Medical Centre
  • Showcased Pacific culture with the opening of the Oceania Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London
  • and more...

Let's take a closer look...

This week, Cabinet agreed to fund a pay equity settlement for Oranga Tamariki social workers. The pay equity settlement applies to more than 1300 Oranga Tamariki social workers, who will see an average lift in their salaries of 30.6% over a two year period.

This is yet another demonstration of this Government’s commitment to pay equity for all women in New Zealand.

Just a week after we celebrated 125 years of women's suffrage, we're recognising a historic gender-based undervaluation of Oranga Tamariki social workers, who perform vital work in keeping children and families safe.

We also announced a major boost for Pacific countries to help them adapt to climate change.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement in a speech at the Climate Week conference, where she emphasised the importance of helping our New Zealand's vulnerable Pacific neighbours.

The funding comes from overseas aid funds allocated in May's Budget. Read more here:

Rotorua has been given a significant boost from the Provincial Growth Fund to contribute to a better future for its people and help unlock its potential as a world-class tourist destination. 

The PGF will invest $27.4 million to redevelop the Rotorua Lakefront and Whakarewarewa Forest, building on earlier support from the PGF in June.

The redevelopment of the Lakefront will include building new boardwalks, walkways, cycle ways, event infrastructure, more car parking, landscaping and an improved visual connection between the city and the lake. An improved access road, a cycleway from the park to the city, and a visitor centre will be created at Whakarewarewa Forest.

Health Minister Dr David Clark officially opened Bay of Islands Hospital's new Accident and Medical Centre this morning. The redevelopment marks a significant step forward in improving the treatment and health outcomes for the people of the mid-North, and means the Kawakawa facility is better placed to meet the needs of its community now and in years to come. 

The new Accident and Medical department opened today consists of suite of rooms including;

  • four acute bays
  • a procedure room
  • x-ray room
  • two resuscitation bays

It also includes a new twenty-bed medical ward.

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni spoke at the official opening of the Oceania Exhibition this week, held at the Royal Academy in London. The Exhibition is the first major showcase of artworks from Oceania held in the United Kingdom. 

Ngāti Rānana, or the London Māori Club, welcomed guests at the opening of the exhibition, Oceania, at London's Royal Academy. The 200-piece exhibition features Māori, Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian art, spanning a 500 year period. The co-curator of the Oceania exhibition is Adrian Locke. 

Read Minister Sepuloni's full speech here.

We were happy to celebrate that New Zealand officially has 10,000 electronic vehicles registered! Energy and Resources Minister, Megan Woods, says EVs will play an important role in New Zealand’s future.

“EVs are just one of many technological advancements that will transform our energy sector and help us make the move towards our goal of being net zero carbon by 2050,” said Woods.

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.

And make sure to check out the latest on the Prime Minister's UN General Assembly visit here: