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The National Government is committed to giving great educational options for every New Zealander to realise their potential.

2014 will start with a much simpler vocational training system that is easy to navigate for employers, trainees and educators.

Four years ago we had a highly complicated vocational training system in New Zealand with a total of 39 separate industry training organisations and more than 4500 separate qualifications.

We start 2014 with only 14 Industry Training Organisations.  There is now, for example, just one ITO for the primary sector – down from seven ITOs three years ago.

The number of qualifications at the vocational level has also been reduced. There were 4610 separate qualifications at the beginning of 2011 and this has been reduced by 63% to less than 1750 at the end of 2013. The current targeted review of qualifications seeks to have the number reduced to around 1300 by the end of 2014.

I have announced today that I will not be seeking re-election to Parliament later this year.

Invercargill is a diverse and interesting seat to represent and it has been an exciting and interesting responsibility, but I believe it is time to move on.

It has been a privilege to be part of a wider group of Southland leaders who have seen Southland grow and achieve one of the lowest unemployment levels in the country.

Not long after I first became an MP, economist Tony Alexander wrote a column on Invercargill, which more or less instructed the last one to leave Invercargill to turn out the lights.  The census last year showed Southland is achieving growth, I am sure we can look forward to Southland and Invercargill continuing to be a force that punches above its weight.

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You can contact me either by email me here, phone my electorate office on 218 7749, or call in to 97 Dee Street Invercargill (opposite Waxy O'Shea's).

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