Cambridge Edition - End of Year Column
As another year draws to an end, it is a good time to reflect on all of our achievements and the new exciting things happening in Cambridge.
One of the best parts of my job as your local MP is meeting with so many of you in the community. I get to do this in my electorate office, on the streets and at a range of events throughout the year.
As I look back at 2015, I am proud of the way the National Government has worked hard to deliver sustainable economic growth, lift education and skills, get more people into work, and support families and households to get ahead.
After a slow start to the year, the economy is performing solidly with a positive outlook in the coming years. Jobs and wages are growing – 34,000 new jobs in the past year, and wages growing considerably faster than the cost of living. This year the Government’s books got back into surplus. This is a significant milestone and one we can all take great pride in.
The opening of the Avantidrome last year has been great example of how a major local project can really bring the community together. 1 year on, 85% of use is by us in the community. From community events, school sports, and everything in between. On a personal note, I like how I can watch my 13 year old son compete in cycling one minute and the next be attending an international event such as the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, which I attended earlier this month along with the Prime Minister.
Record numbers of tourists are visiting New Zealand and spending more than ever before – around $9.4 billion a year. It looks like we are in for a busy summer period which is great news for the many new local businesses I’ve seen opening up in the area. This will just continue to add to our already vibrant community.
We also saw the opening of the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway. It is the biggest single roading project in Waikato’s history. Although completion of this project is still a few years away, the expressway will greatly reduce travel times, improve road safety and boost the economy.
As I look at ahead to 2016 it is already looking be a busy but exciting year. The focus will continue to be on the issues that matter in Cambridge, and for the rest of New Zealand.
I am very much looking forward to spending time with my family over the summer break. Getting out and making the most of the glorious weather, enjoying this beautiful country we are so lucky to call home. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas & New Year.