Courts Minister Chester Borrows has welcomed the announcement of a South Island building company as the main contractor in the next stage of the Dunedin Court complex’s refurbishment.
Amalgamated Builders Construction Ltd will undertake the work on the 184 High St building that provides further courtrooms with support and custodial areas, in addition to the already operating jury court.
The Ministry of Justice has collected $4.6 million in just four months from people who risked being banned from driving under a tough new enforcement tool for overdue fines, Courts Minister Chester Borrows says.
Driver Licence Stop Orders (DLSOs) can be placed on anyone who fails to pay traffic-related fines imposed by a Court, Police or local government authority – or reparations imposed by a Court for traffic-related offences.
For a country that relies on the pastoral farming and primary production of its regions, building a strong national economy means building strength in those regions. Creating that strength is ‘big picture’ work, and stretches right across government agencies. Infrastructure, whether it be roading, business development, health, education or welfare, is crucial to ensuring that the rural economy is strong. It needs to be supported with market access, an educated and creative population and workforce, who have access to healthcare and a welfare safety-net when needed.
The innovation in agriculture, which has underpinned our primary sector, needs refreshing constantly. It has kept us in the front of international competitors ever since the first chilled carcass left via Port Chambers in the 1860's for consumers in the United Kingdom. The National Government has maintained support for this innovation through funding mechanisms such as the Primary Growth Partnership scheme. This has put hundreds of millions of dollars into creating new products, processes and treatments, which add value to what we grow and produce so that the profit for New Zealand is enhanced.
Whanganui MP Chester Borrows will on Thursday host a number of his colleagues from the National caucus’ Law and Order committee in Whanganui, for a day of justice and law and order focused visits.
The MPs visiting are Jacqui Dean, Joanne Hayes and Ian McKelvie.
“With crime at a thirty year low under National, we’ve got a record to be very proud of, and one that my colleagues and I will be keen to build upon should we have the privilege of being returned to Government,” says Mr Borrows.
The times are raising some interesting issues of late. While I don’t endorse all the behaviours of others of my gender, I am not apologising for being a man. It is always pertinent to watch the forum where politicians make statements. Playing to an audience is not unusual for some. I doubt if David Cunliffe’s comments of last week to the Women’s Refuge would have been given at a footie club, workingmen’s club, RSA or a bowling club.
Personally, I have found that it is best to say what you really think and at least score points for consistency. I have taken heat for my stance on marriage equality, cannabis decriminalisation, smacking laws, trade agreements, mining, spelling, water, tikanga and energy, but at least the message has been consistent regardless of forum.
Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows has welcomed the start of new powers to hold both parties to relationship welfare fraud to account.
From today the amendments in the Social Security (Fraud Measures and Debt Recovery) Amendment Act 2014 come into force, creating a new offence for partners who are involved in relationship welfare fraud.
“’Relationship’ welfare fraud is different from most fraud in that it can by definition only be committed by two people, but we’ve only ever had the ability to hold one, the beneficiary, to account,” says Mr Borrows.