PM opens new training centre

Prime Minister Bill English opening the new EmployNZ building on Second Ave in Tauranga on Friday. Photo: Cameron Avery.

Prime Minister Bill English opened the new EmployNZ training centre in Second Avenue on Friday afternoon, an official duty on a short trip to Tauranga that also included an art gallery visit this morning.

Employ NZ transitions people from benefit dependency to higher levels of tertiary education training or employment through being recognised as part of a community.

They are agents of change and at the front lines of changing people's lives, says Bill.

“I want to congratulate those who have shown this kind of confidence in the programmes they are delivering.

“This confidence in their own community and future particular for the young people but also their confidence that they have something very special and specific that their government is going to be able to support.”

His ribbon cutting was applauded by a crowd of about fifty people on the footpath near the front of the new building.

Tauranga MP and Transport Minister Simon Bridges says Employ NZ does a great job of getting people into work and keeping them in work with its wraparound support.

In Tauranga Employ NZ has helped hundreds, probably thousands of people into long term employment.

“The Prime Minister has been looking forward to doing this,” says Simon. “He knows a lot about EmployNZ and the model that they have got, and it's the sort of thing we want to see more of around New Zealand.

“EmployNZ is a sort of role model in this kind of work and it's great that they are doing it here in Tauranga.”


Prime Minister Bill English opening the new EmployNZ building on Second Ave in Tauranga today. Photo: Andrew Campbell.



4 Comments

Another Government funded organisation

Posted on 22-04-2017 10:56 | By The Sage

Probably funded by WINZ in the main. One comment, the bigger they are the harder they fall.

Fantastic initiative

Posted on 22-04-2017 09:08 | By Papamoaner

These centres are evidently being built in other parts of the country too. I'm having a bit of difficulty getting my head around how they sit with the polytechnics.

@oldtrucker

Posted on 22-04-2017 09:04 | By Papamoaner

Whilst I agree with some of what you say, this is about EDUCATION. Education is one of the prime answers to some of our problem people. Education was severely damaged by David Lange's useless experiment TOMORROW'S SCHOOLS. Now we are trying to fix it. Are you aware we now have people who can't read nor write? Isn't it funny how most of our recent social disasters can be tied back to the Lange, Douglas, Prebble Labour government. Non of them are/were fat cats either, just incompetent amateur social engineers.

This is terrible

Posted on 21-04-2017 18:39 | By old trucker

How many people new he was coming to Tauranga,only a selected few ilbeit,otherwise he would have been harrased,its a wonder Simple was not in the photo as well.(give it time),this is really CRAFTY of English,very SLY, and under the RADAR, person,well this should get all the nohopers a job, YEAH RIGHT, there should be no unemployed in TGA,.in the Fruit season, and have their benefit stopped till after the season finished,OH thats right WINZ is to soft on them,and most have probably got a paper cut and got the season off, all these people coming into the country and getting jobs and all NZs are on the dole,how blinkin silly is this,thats why there is NO Housing cause of all the imports,my thoughts only,THANKS No1 in the Bay for News,Thankyou, 10-4 out.

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