One year on
Cast your memory back one year ago – New Zealanders had just voted in the National-led Government with a record majority and a clear mandate that work needs to be done on our most vulnerable in society.
I’m tremendously proud of where we stand together as a region and a country today, one year on.
We’ve seen the Government take on board the concerns of Kiwis reflected in the election and integrate that into concrete outcomes:
- Free doctor's visits and prescriptions for children under 13
- Increasing welfare for our most vulnerable for the first time in over 40 years
- $790 million budget package for children in hardship
- Reduced ACC levies
- 69,000 new jobs created in the year to June
Also as a region we have seen some excellent gains.
- A full-scale recovery of kiwifruit growers since the Psa-virus
- Completion of the Tauranga Eastern Link
- $14.61 million invested into our cycleways
- Strong performance from all sectors in our community, including growers, construction and tourism.
The business optimism in the Bay is palpable and a common headline. We can afford to take stock and be proud of what our region has achieved in this last year.