It’s been a very busy time with lots on for me locally and around the country. Our city’s growth has been confirmed in the census, with over 30,000 people turning up to our region over the last 5 years. You are all welcome here, but the Government needs to invest in services to support everyone.
So far, we have had the Tauranga Northern Link stopped, the Bayfair underpass cancelled, no confirmation of extended after hours care for Papamoa and no secondary school in Omokoroa, despite clear community expectation.
Our city requires investment. It is no longer the town of the 1990s; it is one of New Zealand's key future mega-regions along with Auckland and Waikato. We need to be strategic in how we manage our growth and government agencies need to step up rather than going round the traps year after year repeating the same conversations.
In a national context I have been heavily involved in critiquing the Government's fresh water reforms as National's Agriculture Spokesperson. I support improved water quality, but at least align the proposed targets with some analysis on what the social and economic cost might be. At times, watching this Government in action, their collective lack of commercial experience is excruciating to watch.
Hope you are enjoying the spring, and longer days; I am.
Until next time, my kind regards
MP for Bay of Plenty
Thank you to Mr Jim Critchley and Zoe de Malmanche from Mount College for inviting me to speak with students on climate change. We discussed the use of solar power, the importance of product labelling and packaging to assist consumers in making informed decisions and using technology to our advantage in the agriculture sector. It was great to hear their perspectives and what they are doing personally in their own homes to play a part in the big picture.
This month I hosted Hon Nicky Wagner, our Arts, Culture and Heritage Spokesperson. The team at The Incubator gave us an informative tour around the historical buildings that play host to our unique and talented local artists. The creative hub is such a gem in our community and I urge you to go and check them out; they host many events open to the public. Thank you to Simone, Wendy and Lynette for showing us around.
Omokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade
This month I attended the annual Omokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade Honours night. It is always special to support our local Omokoroa Fire Brigade and the work they do as they play a vitally important safety role in our community. Here I am with our Fire Chief Ian Blunt who definitely leads the way.
Graeme Dingle BOP Excellence Awards
I recently attended and spoke at the Graeme Dingle BOP Excellence Awards. I was very proud of the recipients of these awards and it was great to see them being celebrated in front of their families. Congratulations to Dan Allen-Gordon (pictured) and the team for providing such valuable programmes to our children and youth to build confidence, resilience, self-belief and to set positive goals for their future. To find out more about what they do in our community and how you can help have a look at their website
One of my new portfolios is Forestry. In order to be an effective spokesperson it is important that I have tight connections with the industry, hearing from them first hand about how I can best advocate for the sector in Parliament. This month I was hosted by Ross Davies from the New Zealand Forest Contractors Association. I was amazed at the scale of the operations, hi tech equipment being used and of course the quality of the people. The forest contractors have some impressive skills.
This Month's Press Releases
- "New Zealand already is the most sustainable food producer," Prime Minister
- Ministers’ guesstimates and assurances unfounded
- Fewer sheep and more trees outcome of freshwater proposals
- Freshwater consultation process a farce
- Freshwater proposals to hammer farmers
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