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5  Notes on Initiatives (R-S)

Refugee English Fund

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 2 Tertiary Education  - 0.325 0.650 0.650 0.650  -

This initiative increases the Refugee English Fund by $650,000 a year, to $2.250 million, from 2017. The Fund provides fees-free study for people with a refugee background so they can progress to higher-level tertiary study and/or employment.

Regional Business Partners Programme

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Business, Science and Innovation  - 2.000 2.000 2.000 2.000  -

This funding will enable New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation to engage with more export-oriented businesses in the regions through the Regional Business Partners Programme.

Regional Growth Programme

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Business, Science and Innovation  - 11.000 11.000 11.000 11.000  -

This funding will enable greater and quicker progress to be made on regional initiatives arising from Regional Growth Action Plans in Bay of Plenty, Northland, Manawatu-Whanganui and the East Coast/Hawke's Bay and potentially other regions.

Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grants

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Business, Science and Innovation  - 3.000 3.000 3.000 3.000  -

This funding will provide for specific mid-sized project grants which can be accessed only by regions that have proven enhancing their tourism offering would support economic growth for their region.

Regional Research Institutes - Contingency

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
n/a Appropriation has not yet been sought  -  - 10.000 10.000 20.000  -

This funding will increase the size of the existing contingency for Regional Research Institutes.

Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance in the Petroleum and Minerals Sectors

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Business, Science and Innovation  - 0.490 0.300 0.750 1.050  -

This funding will enable the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment to effectively deliver on its regulatory compliance and monitoring responsibilities for petroleum and minerals permit holders under the Crown Minerals Act 1991.

Relativity Mechanism Dispute Resolution

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 8 Treaty Negotiations  - 2.836  -  -  -  -

This funding will provide for the resolution of disputes concerning the relativity mechanism included in the Treaty of Waitangi settlements with Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu.

Repayment of Auckland Council Loans

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 5 Finance  -  -  -  -  - (490.000)

This reflects the early repayment by the Auckland Council of loans made to it by the Crown.

Residential Tenancies Act 1986 Changes - Implementation

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Building and Housing  - 0.990 0.660 0.730 0.580  -

This funding will provide business intelligence and resource to deliver an information campaign, advice and support to tenants and landlords to promote the changes to their obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. This will also provide for additional compliance and enforcement.

Restorative Justice - Increased Utilisation

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 7 Justice  - 4.049 4.049 4.049 4.049  -

This funding will enable restorative justice programmes to meet future demands for their services. Restorative justice is an important part of reducing crime, victimisation and harm.

Review of Non-staff Support for Members of Parliament

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 5 Parliamentary Service  - 1.000  -  -  -  -

This funding will enable a review of non-staff support for Members of Parliament. The 6th Appropriations Review Committee, established under the Parliamentary Service Act 2000, recommended that the Parliamentary Service develops a new model for non-staff funding for Members for the next parliamentary term. This is to ensure that future Members of Parliament receive allocations that more accurately reflect the way they operate.

Royal New Zealand Ballet

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 8 Arts, Culture and Heritage  - 1.000 1.000 1.000 1.000  -

This funding will restore greater access for New Zealanders to the Royal New Zealand Ballet by enabling the company to increase its touring programme, including doing more tours to a greater number of regional centres and more educational work with young people around New Zealand. This increases the government contribution to the Royal New Zealand Ballet from $4.384 million to $5.384 million per year.

School Property Growth Package

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 2 Education  - 8.417 16.857 25.971 29.104 270.577

This funding delivers two new schools in Auckland and Tauranga, two school expansions in Auckland and Hamilton, new property for one existing kura kaupapa Māori and extra classrooms to meet additional roll growth.

School-based Health Services - Additional Support

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 6 Health  - 0.070 0.070 0.070 0.070  -

This funding will ensure that resources can be provided for the increase in the number of decile 3 schools to be able to provide comprehensive school-based health services.

Social Housing - Additional Income-related Rent Subsidy Funding

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Social Development  - 22.300 58.000 78.500 41.200  -

The Income-related Rent Subsidy is the mechanism for supporting tenants in social housing. This funding provides for increased Income-related Rent Subsidy payments owing to increased rents, as well as covering costs related to the redeveloped social housing places in Tamaki, and additional social housing places in Auckland.

Social Housing - Emergency Housing

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Social Development  - 9.000 10.500 10.800 10.800 0.500

This funding will pay for emergency housing places in areas of high demand, including some places specifically for perpetrators of family violence. It will also establish an Emergency Housing Special Needs Grant to meet the emergency housing needs of individuals and families.

Social Housing - Water Rates in Tauranga for Transferred Social Housing Properties

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Social Development  - 0.400 0.400 0.300 0.300  -

This funding will pay for the water-supply charges for existing tenants in properties transferred from Housing New Zealand Corporation to Community Housing Providers in Tauranga.

Social Housing Reform Programme - Accelerating Redevelopment of Housing New Zealand Corporation's Auckland Portfolio

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 5 Finance  - 2.100 1.700  -  -  -

This funding will enable the exploration of opportunities to redevelop Housing New Zealand Corporation land in Auckland to deliver on the Government's objectives, in particular increasing affordable housing supply in Auckland.

Social Housing Reform Programme - Additional Resource for the Ministry of Social Development

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Social Development  - 3.700  -  -  -  -

This funding will cover the 2016/17 costs of staff who are already in place and only funded until 30 June 2016. This funding will also support work on the development of the Ministry of Social Development's role as an active purchaser of social housing.

Social Housing Reform Programme - Transfers, Projects and Policy

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 5 Finance  - 1.200 0.200 2.500 3.600  -

This funding will provide for the management of the transfer of social housing stock to community housing providers to diversify social housing ownership and management. This is in line with the Government's social housing reform objectives.

Specialist Sexual Violence Services

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Social Development  - 7.880 7.880 7.880 7.880  -
Vol. 10 Social Development  -  (1.600)  (1.600)  (1.600)  (1.600)  -
n/a Appropriation has not yet been sought  -  - 1.896 6.397 6.159  -

This funding will establish a sustainable national sexual violence service system including continuation of existing services, and designing and implementing new services to fill gaps, in order to reduce and prevent harm. The focus is first response (crisis) services for victims, including helpline and callout support, harmful sexual behaviour services for self-referred adults, youth and children (assessments and treatment) and services for male survivors of sexual abuse.

This will ensure that the specialist sexual violence services sector can deliver high-quality services that meet the needs of those affected, and the continuation, growth and improvement of these services.

Sports Anti-doping - Testing, Deterrence and Investigations

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 8 Sport and Recreation  - 1.000 1.000 1.000 1.000  -

This funding will strengthen the deterrent effect of New Zealand's anti-doping programme by increasing the number of urine and blood tests, accelerating the implementation of the Athlete Biological Passport and extending the reach of the testing and education programme to elite junior athletes. The additional investment will be underpinned by strengthening Drug Free Sport New Zealand's analysis and intelligence capabilities.

Statistics House Refit

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 8 Statistics 1.500  -  -  -  -  -

This funding will enable a refit to commence on the Wellington Statistics House building that will allow Ministry of Transport staff to relocate to Statistics House. This co-location is part of a wider strategy for streamlining the Government's property requirements in Wellington. This will result in a more efficient use of Statistics House which in turn will lead to cost savings.

Strategic Science Investment Fund

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Business, Science and Innovation  - 12.500 14.500 18.000 18.000  -

The Strategic Science Investment Fund will provide funding for the following projects:

  • operating the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Vessel Tangaroa
  • maintenance and upkeep of Nationally Significant Collections and Databases held in Crown research institutes
  • supporting strategic freshwater research, and
  • developing New Zealand's expertise in genomics and precision medicine.

Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 6 Health  - 7.173 7.287 7.207  -  -
Vol. 6 Health  -  (7.173)  (7.287)  (7.207)  -  -

This funding will enable the Ministry of Health to implement the priorities for action included in the Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm. This funding will be offset by the collection of the problem gambling levy which makes this fiscally neutral to the Crown over time.

SuperGold Card - Public Transport Concession Scheme

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Transport 0.400 10.224 10.224 10.224 10.224  -

This funding will provide for the continuation of services under the SuperGold Card Public Transport Concession Scheme.

Supporting Commemorations

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 8 Māori Development  - 1.000 1.000 1.000 1.000  -

This new fund will assist communities to initiate, promote, and hold events that will commemorate important milestones in our nation's history.

Supporting Infrastructure Service Delivery

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 2 Education  - 8.000  -  -  -  -

This funding will ensure the Ministry of Education's Education Infrastructure Service maintains its delivery and support for school infrastructure.

Supporting Mental Health Services in Canterbury

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 6 Health 1.370 6.480 6.480 6.480  -  -

This funding will provide additional localised resources to a number of local primary and community mental health services, information services and support workforce wellbeing. This funding will also boost the existing Mayoral Earthquake Relief Fund, used to assess mental health need and commission earthquake-related support services over the next three years.

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