web analytics

Back to School on Quakes

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, March 12th, 2011 - 29 comments
Categories: disaster, Social issues - Tags:

A comment from a foreign national in Japan caught my attention last night. She was a language teacher in a school and remarked that she was in the safest possible building as schools in Japan have extra earthquake reinforcement, ie over and above the building code as it applies to other buildings.

Which got me thinking.

Why not retrofit school buildings in NZ to an extra-ordinary high standard and have them double up as emergency centers in the event of a natural disaster? So for example, why not have schools fitted with a number of land lines given that cell phone networks appear to be somewhat fragile in the face of quakes? And why not install sizable septic tanks that sewerage could be diverted to when sewerage systems break? And have robust  fresh water storage facilities on site? And independent power supply capabilities? Why not designate schools as permanant repositories of disaster provisions (water, deydrated or tinned food, blankets, tents, toileteries etc)?

I’m guessing it would afford some  presence of mind to know that your children were in one of the safest possible places in the event of a quake hitting during day time. And surely it would be preferable in a disaster to know that one should congregate in a properly provisioned local school in the first instance, rather than ‘hanging around’ in wrecked houses or parks waiting for the ad-hoc system of relief centers we have at present to kick in?

There are schools in ‘every’ suburb. They have the facilities to cope with large numbers of people. ‘Everyone’ knows where they are. They are within walking distance for most.

If all schools had a latent autonomous capacity built in to them, then a lot of time and energy presently spent shipping supplies and relief into an area could be saved and a degree of  discomfort and confusion as experienced by people after a disaster avoided.

As communities, we already have the basis of a post disaster infrastucture in place. I see no reason not to develop it.




29 comments on “Back to School on Quakes”

  1. anarcho 1

    Brilliant suggestion Bill. You are right, essentially we are not at all prepared and that disaster response is haphazard and full of holes. This idea needs to grow and become reality.

  2. Lanthanide 2

    Just a note, the problem with phone networks (particularly cellular) is the back-end and central sites that aren’t set up to process that level of simultaneous loading. Adding extra lines to schools would help for areas where phone lines are physically damaged (which seems to be in areas of high liquefaction – not all of NZ is susceptible to that), but otherwise adding extra ‘last mile’ capacity doesn’t achieve anything.

    • Alwyn 2.1

      I don’t know how the networks really work but wouldn’t land lines be more, rather than less, susceptible to damage in an earthquake. Cables, whether overhead or underground would surely be damaged in exactly the same way that power lines are wouldn’t they. Thus we would probably have a whole lot of land line phones in a school which are all unusable because the telephone cables have been damaged.
      The cell phone coverage works in the same way as radios do and as long as you have some battery charge they would surely have a much greater chance of being in working order as you would only need to be in range of one working cell phone tower for them to work.
      As you say the main problem is that everyone tries to use their cell phones at once.

  3. good idea. a cheap way to seed communities with safe zones.

  4. logie97 4

    Many primary schools built in the 40’s and 50’s had air raid shelters. They got filled in of course as time passed. Actually, most schools already have a designation of “CD assembly point” – boards of trustees have probably allowed the plaques to fade/fall – their priorities have been elsewhere…

    captcha: arithmetic

    • toad 4.1

      At least they don’t have nuclear fallout shelters.

      Let’s hope the experts get it under control and it doesn’t go that way in Japan, but there are several nuclear reactors looking pretty ominous there at the moment.

      I’m feeling really glad that New Zealanders, me included, resisted the push from some (most notably Bill Birch) to go down that path in the 1970s and 1980s. Imagine what could have happened had we had a nuclear power plant on the outskirts of Christchurch.

      • Psycho Milt 4.1.1

        It would have been shaken back and forth for a bit, and after some safety inspections would have continued supplying power to the city. I guess you mean, “imagine what could have happened had we had a nuclear power plant on the outskirts of Christchurch built without reference to the fact that NZ is an earthquake zone.”

        • todd

          I’m with you Toad, thank god we don’t have to deal with a leaking nuclear power plant. In many ways New Zealand is similar in geography to Japan. If similarly situated, the Fukushima plant would be located in Christchurch and any potential radiation fallout would travel up over the top of the south Island and over the entire North Island.

          I’m pretty sure they knew about the many Earthquakes in Japan before they started to build Fukushima back in 1966 Psycho Milt. Let this be a lesson to all those pro nuclear power advocates that it is not safe, no matter what design implementations are undertaken. The Earthquake might have killed a lot of people, but a full scale meltdown at Fukushima has the potential to kill a lot more.

  5. Just Me 5

    Personally I’ve always thought Marae are the most logical place for Civil defence due to typically they’re already all setup for catering food to large groups. One of the other issues with retrofitting schools is the age and quality of many. From my experience my primary and secondary schools were mostly made up of prefab/tempary class rooms that had already been there for 20 years and my intermediate was originally built by the US as a rehabilitation centre for GI’s wounded during the Pacific campaign.

    • handle 5.1

      That’s a good point about marae. You would have to add large kitchen and dining facilities to any schools that did not have them. Or use both schools and marae.

    • LynW 5.2

      Wonderful idea Bill and to address Just Me’s comments re state of some schools…all the more reason to improve and strengthen them! What a wonderful way to get communities working together … Marae or school depending on the most suitable option in individual locations. I can see so many positives to this suggestion.

  6. Yes this is an innovative, positive idea that i support – well done bill.

  7. ianmac 7

    An advantage is that most Primary schools seem to be single-storied. This would immediately be an advantage and would be much easier to retro-fit strength. Many are as Logie says, are already CD Assembly points.

  8. would also be a more effective and useful government spending plan to re-prime the economy than, say, a cycleway

  9. I think all of NZ needs to up their preparation for major disasters, earthquakes being one of them. PS about the comment on the cycleway, that idea was before the earthquakes.

    • Lanthanide 9.1

      “that idea was before the earthquakes.”

      Which is the whole point. NZ has known about earthquakes being a problem for a long time. If Jonkey had wanted to implement a policy that would actually have provided employment and stimulus to the economy, retrofitting 1000 primary schools throughout the country to act as high-quality emergency shelters would’ve been a good choice.

      But the government is more interested in sexy ideas that are cheap and don’t provide any real benefits to anyone, as long as they sound good.

  10. Colonial Viper 10

    All we need now is a Ministry of Works and Development to design and build such schools.

  11. ZeeBop 11

    Children are the future, Japan being a world leader respects its citizens need to know their children are safe. Whereas in NZ we build a world class art centre, considerate of liquefaction in ChCh that would double as a rescue centre – closely located where councillors and business leaders can get to easily. This is because unlike Japan, NZ is betting that business and politicians will lead us to better economic wealth – who the hell ever believed that… …we have huge child poverty, teen suicide, exporting out young skilled indebted overseas, why would we care about the kids, we want them gone as fast as possible given the current legislative mix. Hell why not charge them for seeing a doctor, oops we already do, wonderful. NZ War on children continues.

  12. Ms X 12

    captcha: worthwhile

  13. Jenny 13

    Toilets, showers, water supplies, back up generator power, hardened phone lines.

    But as Just Me commented, the one facility that schools, which even with retrofitting would lack is a workable kitchen and cafeteria.

    Maybe this would be good time to introduce staffed working cafeterias into schools. This doesn’t seem to be a problem in US or UK schools.

    • Bill 13.1

      My experience of school led me to over look the fact that NZ schools don’t and never did have fully functioning kitchens making a three course lunch for however many pupils and teachers there are.

      Not a problem. Bring back, or introduce school lunches. Proper ones. Cooked by kitchen staff and paid for by those that can afford to pay and free to those who can’t. Wonder what the spin off in health benefits would be?

    • KJT 13.2

      Every High school I have been in has a cafeteria and staff kitchen and most have a home Ec wing with all the requirements for a fully functioning restaurant.
      Primary schools have at least a functioning kitchenette for staff.

      • handle 13.2.1

        High schools are better prepared but a kitchenette won’t cater for a couple of hundred people.

        Healthy school lunches would be a constructive way to get at least one good meal a day into everyone and teach some good habits. Maybe cheaper than taking GST off fruit and veges?

    • Vicky32 13.3

      In the 60s, my single story girls’ high school had a ‘cooking’ classroom that would have done sterling duty!
      I don’t know if it’s still there now – I don’t know if kids do cooking any more, or homecraft as it was called…
      The problem with marae is that they seem to be on the outskirts on town – in Rotorua at the time I am thinking of, they were… which is good for people living in that area, but bad for those without cars living more centrally…

  14. Adrian 14

    Am I the oldest bugger here?. Schools used to be built by the Min of Works just for these events, they were built extra strong to be shelters in emergencies.

  15. quasimodo 15

    All we have to do now is to elect the right government ..

  16. Armchair Critic 16

    Good thinking Bill.
    I’ll also point out that many schools have:
    – a frontage onto a significant (at a local level) road, which provides a wider access corridor for trucks, ambulances etc.
    – multiple road access points, so if one point of access is damaged, others may be available.
    – a large field, which is quite flat and free of obstructions and therefore suitable for helicopter access. They are also big targets for air drops.
    What we need, to use schools as you suggest (and in addition to the cooking facilities), includes:
    – high speed internet to every school
    – plugs for portable generators (big ones) at every school
    – rainwater tanks at every school
    – secondary power generation capacity at every school – solar, wind or both.
    Some schools still have boilers and a supply of fuel. The move to phase them out and use heat-pumps seems short-sighted, because the ability to heat a space independent of the electricity network, in the middle of a New Zealand winter, would be valuable.
    Not sure about large septic tanks – because septic tanks are funny things that only work properly in quite specific conditions. They aren’t really suitable for installation in towns or cities. Maybe a dual use as storage for water for playing fields when not being used as a septic tank, with a smaller septic tank to hold the bugs needed to get the bigger septic tank working quickly in an emergency. Finally, you couldn’t house people (in tents etc.) over the septic tank field.

  17. Vicky32 17

    Absolutely brilliant idea! (I am reassured to know that at least when he is at work, my son in Wellington, is fine!) He works at the main Wellington hospital..
    The school idea is a good one!

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Climate resilience packages for regions
    The Government is providing an investment totalling more than $100 million for regions to protect against and mitigate the effects of climate change, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones have announced. Six regions will receive funding from the $3 billion allocated to infrastructure projects from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Southern Waikato shovel ready projects get the green light
    Three major local projects at Te Kuiti and Otorohanga have been given the money to get moving after the impact of Covid 19, says the Minister of Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  The projects range from a Sports Centre for Te Kuiti, a redevelopment of the Otorohanga  Kiwi House and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New Zealand extends Middle East and Africa peace support deployments
    The Coalition Government has extended three New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa by two years, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.  “These deployments promote peace in the Middle East and Africa by protecting civilians and countering the spread of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Govt progress on climate change essential, risk assessment shows
    The release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment shows that the progress this Government has made to solve the climate crisis is essential to creating cleaner and safer communities across New Zealand. “Because of this report, we can see clearer than ever that the action our Government is taking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • $10m sport recovery fund open for applications
    The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020. “The fund opens today for five weeks – closing on September 6. The amount awarded will be decided on a case-by-case basis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Rakitū Island declared latest predator free island
    Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today declared Rakitū Island, off the coast of Aotea/Great Barrier Island, predator free. “I’m delighted to announce that with rats now gone, Rakitū is officially predator free. This is a major milestone because Rakitū is the last DOC administered island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding to restore significant Māori sites in the Far North
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.75 million to restore significant historic sites at Ōhaeawai in the Far North, upgrade marae and fund fencing and riparian planting. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcements following a service at the historic St Michael’s Anglican Church at Ōhaeawai today.  Just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Big boost for Chatham Islands’ economy
    The Chatham Islands will receive close to $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the islands, first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More initiatives to reduce energy hardship
    The Government is delivering more initiatives to reduce energy hardship and to give small electricity consumers a voice, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today. “In addition to the initiatives we have already delivered to support New Zealand families, we are responding to the Electricity Price Review with further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Turning the tide for hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin
    Government, iwi, NGOs and rehabilitation groups are working together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin following a series of terrible breeding seasons.  The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage helped launch the Five Year Action Plan at the annual Yellow-Eyed Penguin symposium in Dunedin today. “I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Taskforce ready to tackle tourism challenges
    The membership of the Tourism Futures Taskforce has now been confirmed, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced at an event at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua today. “The main purpose of the independent Tourism Futures Taskforce is to lead the thinking on the future of tourism in New Zealand,” Kelvin Davis said. Joining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Investing in the tourism sector’s recovery
    More than $300 million in funding has been approved to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. A $400 million Tourism Recovery Package was announced at Budget 2020, and with today’s announcements is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Permits to be required for exporting hard-to-recycle plastic waste
    From 2021 permits will be required for New Zealanders wanting to export hard-to-recycle plastic waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, today announced the requirements as part of New Zealand’s commitments to the Basel Convention, an international agreement of more than 180 countries which was amended in May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growth in new building consents shows demand is still high
    The building and construction sector is still showing strong growth, with the number of new dwellings consented up more than 8 per cent compared to last year, reflecting a welcome confidence in the Government’s COVID-19 response package, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “While it is still too ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection
    Government investment of $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection will allow local communities to address long-standing flood risks and provide jobs, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced in Rotorua today. These projects are being funded by the Infrastructure Reference Group’s (IRG) shovel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rotorua benefits from over $62 million boost
    Investment for projects that will create hundreds of jobs in Rotorua were announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. These projects will provide opportunities for economic development in a region that has been hard hit by COVID-19,” Winston Peters said. Fletcher ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Increased counselling support for all students
    For the first time, primary schools will have access to funding for counsellors for their students, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. “A major investment of $75.8 million will provide greater access to guidance counsellors to help primary and secondary school students deal with mental health and wellbeing issues,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham released
    Defence Minister Ron Mark today welcomed the release of the Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham and related matters, and the Government response.  “I thank the Inquiry for their thorough and detailed report, on a highly complex issue. I accept the recommendations of the report, and fully support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 1BT funds create jobs and lasting benefits
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced $6 million of One Billion Trees funding for seven regional initiatives to create jobs and provide long-lasting environmental and economic benefits. The projects range from improving one of the poorest-quality water catchments in Otago to restoring 52km of waterways around Hokianga Harbour. Six of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kawerau projects to receive $5.5 million from Provincial Growth Fund
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters today announced $5.5 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for two Kawerau projects and says this is a significant boost for the people of Kawerau. “These projects will bring much-needed investment and will create up to 60 jobs for locals,” Mr Peters ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $5 million for Kaingaroa Village Redevelopment
    Kaingaroa Village in the Bay of Plenty is to get $5 million to help fund a comprehensive upgrade of its infrastructure, facilities and housing, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. Mr Tabuteau travelled to the remote village to make the announcement, telling Kaingaroa residents how the funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $18 Million Funding Boost for Bay of Plenty Business Park
    The Rangiuru Business Park project near Te Puke is getting $18 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This is all about unlocking the potential of this region. When it’s finished, the Rangiuru Business Park will be the Bay of Plenty’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Town revitalisation and aquaculture investments create jobs in Ōpōtiki
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has today announced that a $26 million investment in Ōpōtiki will see important public amenities upgraded and further progress made on new aquaculture opportunities. “The people of Ōpōtiki have been waiting decades for real investment in key infrastructure, and support for the incredible aquaculture opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister congratulates the Cook Islands community for its 9th year of Language Weeks
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio wishes to congratulate the Cook Islands community throughout Aotearoa for the 9th year of Te ‘Epetoma o Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani, the Cook Islands Language Week.  “This is a proud milestone that reflects on the huge effort made by the Cook ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Construction underway on longest section of Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path
    Aucklanders in the Eastern Suburbs will soon have more ways to get around, with Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter kicking off construction on Section 2 of Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai, the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path today. The Glen Innes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 350,000 More Measles Vaccines for Massive Immunisation Campaign
    The Government is stepping up the fight against measles and protecting hundreds of thousands more young adults by investing up to $40 million for a year-long measles-catch-up campaign and $23 million to fully fund and develop the National Immunisation Solution, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced at Mangere ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Operation Burnham report released
    Attorney-General David Parker has today released the findings of the Government inquiry held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation took place on 21-22 August 2010 in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, and was carried out by NZSAS troops and other nations’ forces operating as part of the International Security Assistance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Locally-led solutions at centre of new community resilience fund
    From tomorrow, community groups around New Zealand can apply to a $36 million fund established to encourage locally-led solutions as communities rebuild and recover from COVID-19, announced Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams. “The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) builds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Securing healthy futures for all Māori
    The Government has committed to improving Māori health and wellbeing over the next five years. The Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) today released Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 which sets the pathway towards achieving healthy futures for all Māori. “As kaitiaki of the system, the Ministry of Health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New standards for existing marine farms provide consistency
    New environmental standards will make the re-consenting of existing marine farms more consistent across the country.  The new regulations for the National Environmental Standards for Marine Aquaculture (NES-MA) will come into effect on 1 December, Environment Minister David Parker and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said.   “The NES-MA removes complexities and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government signs Accord reinvigorating commitment to Far North iwi
    Today marks a milestone as the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta co-sign an Addendum – with the Iwi Chairs of Te Rarawa, Ngāi Takoto and Te Aupōuri – to the Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi-Crown Social Development and Wellbeing Accord (the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Veterans Support Amendment Bill No 2 passes third reading
    The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill (No 2) passed its third reading today and will become law, announced Minister for Veterans Ron Mark.  This amends the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 in response to recommendations from the 2018 review of the operation of the Act by Professor Ron Paterson.  “Veterans have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Minister for Racing Winston Peters says race courses can improve safety with this year’s first round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. The Racing Safety Development Fund makes available $990,000 for distribution over two funding rounds for the 2020/21 financial year. “The racing industry is integral to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Boost to agri-education with reopening of Taratahi
    The Government’s commitment to increase primary sector jobs and opportunities has been further boosted today with the re-opening of the Taratahi Agriculture Centre, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The Wairarapa-based training centre is reopening its doors after two years to deliver industry taster and familiarisation courses, to help workers displaced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Acknowledging ethnic community response during COVID-19
    New Zealanders are being invited to help recognise the work of the many “unsung heroes” in our ethnic communities during COVID-19. “Aotearoa New Zealand is home to 920,000 people who identify their ethnicity as Middle Eastern, Latin American, African, Asian, and Continental European. During the extraordinary time of the COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to subsidise arbitration and mediation to resolve commercial rent disputes
    The Government is allocating $40 million to assist with the cost of mediation and arbitration for New Zealand businesses and landlords to resolve issues about adjusting rent as they face the economic impacts of COVID-19, Justice Minister Andrew Little said. The Government had previously announced funding to improve access to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Roadside drug driver testing Bill introduced
    The Government has announced details of a planned new law to give Police the power to conduct random roadside drug testing of drivers, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter and Minister of Police Stuart Nash announced today. The Land Transport (Drug Driving) Amendment Bill was introduced to the house today ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Boost to upgrade state housing to be warmer, drier, healthier homes
    More warmer, drier homes and a big building boost for regional centres across New Zealand are two of the major benefits from a $500 million investment in the upgrade and renewal of state homes. Associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi has confirmed the multi-million dollar expansion of the Kāinga Ora – ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Makeover for iconic waterfront destination
    The Government will provide $8 million towards the revitalisation of the Paihia waterfront in the iconic Bay of Islands, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Bay of Islands is the cornerstone of Northland tourism and Paihia the hub for maritime-based tourism and recreation in the area. “Weather and economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Dates confirmed for Christchurch Hospital Hagley move
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins welcomes confirmation of Canterbury DHB’s move into state-of-the-art Christchurch Hospital Hagley building which will serve the community well for decades to come.  The Ministry of Health is on track to hand over the facility on 10 August 2020. Sterile Services is due to be operational on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago