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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

It has been all go here and we had the Omokoroa Future Focus meeting recently with Simon Bridges and what a turn out there was. The room was packed to the rafters and it was really great to have a good discussion about what our community needs in terms of roading.

Unfortunately we weren’t quite ready to make the announcement on the new roading package so it was frustrating to have to wait. I appreciate for many attending it wouldn’t have been that flash – my apologies for that - but one week later we had the announcement we have been waiting for.

$520 million is the largest single roading commitment in the Bay’s history.

A $286 million northern bypass from Takitimu Drive to Te Puna, finished in 6 years (hopefully sooner).  Commitment for a future phase 2 between Te Puna and Omokoroa as population growth demands and critically a $85 million investment in safety improvements which will include a new turnoff between Omokoroa and SH2. 

As your local MP I am delighted with this clear commitment and now will work hard with NZTA to ensure the turnoff meets our future needs and that you are kept up to date.

It was great to be at the opening of the new skate park in Omokoroa, a project which was over 4 years in the making.

It was so cool watching all the kids in skateboards, scooters and the occasional person on roller blades. There were a few spills, but actually it’s a miracle there weren’t more! Kids seem to have a sixth sense when someone’s about to appear out of nowhere. 

I popped back the next day with my wife, Michelle, and the kids and it was just as busy as the opening - well done to the whole community.

It’s always dangerous to thank people specifically, but a special call out to Vicki and Erin from Omokoroa Point for creating the school environment for our young leaders to shine.  Well done Keryn, you should be delighted with your vision now in place – proof that determination, passion and hard work can take you far in life.

The way the community came together on this project is simply incredible. Many Omokoroa businesses and families have donated time, sponsored skate tricks and purchased name plaques – great partnership with Mayor Ross and the team at the local council.