PM's Post-Cab 29/4/19: Delays, Mental Health, And Statistics

Published: Mon 29 Apr 2019 05:43 PM
PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 29/4/19: Census Better, Mental Health Response Later
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined at her post-cabinet press conference by Minister of Statistics James Shaw.
Prime Minister Ardern began by a summary of her schedule for the week, including attending the Pike River mine re-entry on Friday.
She said that the Government's response to the mental health and addiction inquiry, previously expected this month, would be delayed until closer to the budget as the changes to mental health delivery would be 'inextricably linked' to funding changes.
Ardern and Minister Shaw then announced budget funding for Statistics to complete the analysis of the 2018 census (following significant problems with the data collected in the online-led survey) and improving census delivery in years to come.
Questions focused on the remediated census data, including the lack of Iwi affiliation data. A press release from StatsNZ today said population-level data was reliable but gaps in detailed data remain. An independent review of the 2018 census is being undertaken.
Shaw was also asked about delays in the government response to climate change reports.
The Prime Minister was also asked about security around the planned gun buyback following the theft of guns from a police station, spending on slushie machines for Corrections staff, the government response to synthetic cannabis, the plans for a summit on social media and terrorism in Paris, the ongoing junior doctors strikes and negotiations, Brian Tamaki's threat of prisoner 'revolts' in response to not getting Destiny Church's 'Man Up' programme into prisons, Provincial Growth Fund investment in companies, and questions focusing around the mental health report and the delay in the government's response.
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