Salesa defends record as Building Minister, cites better industry relations and safety regulations

Na’e ma’u faingamālie ‘a e Kaniva’ ‘o talanoa mo e Tonga ka ko e fakafofonga Fale Alea Nu’u Sila’ Jenny Salesa. Ko e faka’amu ke ‘ne me'a tonu mai ki he kāinga' hili ‘a hono fetongi ‘a hono tu’unga ko e Minisitā Kapineti ‘I he pule’anga ‘o Jacinda Ardern. Pea’ ne ‘I ai ‘a e ngaahi tukuaki’I kehekehe ki heni kau ai e ongoongo ‘a e Letiō Nu’u Sila’ ‘a ia ne nau pehē ne ‘i ai ‘a e tō nounou tokua ‘I he to’o fatongia ‘a Jenny pea ne lahi mo e kau ngāue ne nau hū ki tu’a kae fetongi atu lolotonga ‘ene ‘I he fatongia’. Kaekehe, ne pehē ‘e Jenny ki he Kaniva’ ‘oku mahino mai pe e fifili pe koeha e ‘uhinga e liliu e ngaue moe ngaahi fatongia. Na’a’ ne pehē ne na talanoa pe ke fai ha femahino’aki mo e palēmia’ pea kuo ‘oange ai ‘a hono ngaahi fatongia fo’ou ‘a ia ko e Tokoni Sea he Fale Alea pe Assistant Speaker pehe foki mo e lakanga fo’ou ‘i he Select Committee ki he Foreign Affairs, Defence moe Trade.” Na’a’ ne hoko atu ‘o pehē lolotonga ‘ene ‘i he Potungaue Building and Construction ne ‘I ai ‘a e fakalaka lahi ia ai fakahoa ki he ta’u ‘e 9 ‘o e Pule’anga kimu’a pea ne tupu kotoa ‘eni tu’unga he ngaahi tu’utu’uni ki he langa’ pe Construction Accord na’a ne fokotu’u ‘i he taimi ne ne fuofua ma’u ai e fatongia ni. ‘I he taimi ne tu’uta ai ‘a e Koviti-19 ‘i Aotearoa, Nu’usila ko e Building and Construction sector ‘a e ‘uluaki sector ne tuku mai ‘enau ngaahi rules hange ko e health and safety rules ki he anga ‘o e ngaue fo’ou ‘a e kau tufunga, electricians, plumbers, master builders, engineers, architects etc he taimi ‘o e Koviti-19.

(Auckland, NZ) Former Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa has defended her period in charge of the portfolio.

Hon. Salesa, who is MP for Panmure-Ōtāhuhu, said relations between building companies were better because of the Construction Accord she introduced.

MP Jenny Salesa. Photo/Facebook

“When the Covid-19 arrived in New Zealand the building and construction sector was the first to release health and safety rules for carpenters, electricians, plumbers, master builders, engineers and architects to follow,” she said.

This was achieved quickly because the companies had been working with the relevant ministries for the previous two years.

The Accord now had more than 1000 industry partners.

RNZ reported that Salesa had been demoted from the ministry because she was thought to have not performed well and a high staff turnover in her office.

Salesa’s comments to Kaniva News follow recent attacks on her by lawyer Nalesoni Tupou.

“I understand there were questions about the changes in my roles,” Hon. Salesa told Kaniva News.

“Just as the Prime Minister said, we talked and we agreed for me to have new roles as Assistant Speaker and to work closely with the Pacific Parliaments.

“I have a new role as well in the Foreign Affairs and Trade select committee.”

Salesa also cited proposed amendments to the Building Act, which were announced in October last year.

She said the construction sector faced many long-standing issues, including inefficient practices, skills and labour shortages, low productivity and poor health and safety.

The changes were intended to improve building efficiency and quality.

Salesa said the Building for Climate Change Work Programme helped the industry identify actions it could take to support the Government’s climate change objectives.

The programme would help lower greenhouse gas emissions and ensure remained safe and healthy as the climate changed.

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