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We’ve had some great news recently with the announcement of a $5.87m funding boost for the Taupō Airport.

I was really pleased to hear that funding that was approved in principle in 2017 for the upgrade of the Taupō Airport, has finally come through from the Provincial Growth Fund. This funding boost is most welcomed and will be used to upgrade and modernise the airport infrastructure to ensure our regional airport remains sustainable and economically viable for future generations to come.

As one of many people who have been working on this project for years, I’m not sure why it took so long for funding to arrive. However, I’m very pleased to see this finally come to fruition and I can’t wait to see what a future fit for purpose, modern Taupō Airport looks and feels like.

National’s economic plan for 2020 and beyond

Over the next few months, we will be announcing our comprehensive Economic Plan. National will release a full package of policies leading up to the election which will address tax, regulation, infrastructure, small business and families.

National’s focus is simple and resolute.

  1. We will keep taxes and red tape low and grow incomes to help with your cost of living
  2. We will be responsible managers of the economy
  3. We will focus on growing the economy for all
  4. We will invest more in core public services like health and education
  5. We will create more jobs and opportunities for all New Zealanders

Five key measures will be used to measure a sixth National Government’s first term by.

  1. Lifting New Zealand’s economic growth is back to at least three per cent per annum
  2. Lifting New Zealand’s growth rate per person is in the top half of the OECD
  3. We are reducing the after-tax income gap with Australia
  4. Reducing the number of New Zealanders who feel they can reach their potential at home, rather than overseas
  5. Reviving business confidence so that businesses feel like they can take more risks and create opportunities for you and your family.

Abortion Bill

The Abortion Legislation Bill recently had its second reading. Watch my speech in the house during the first reading of the Bill.

Friendly Forums

There are a few upcoming opportunities for you to meet me this month. We are hosting three MPs in the electorate, Paulo Garcia in South Waikato, Harete Hipango in Taupo and Ian McKelvie in Cambridge. We also have a meeting planned in Cambridge at the end of March.

Friday 13 March with Paulo Garcia MP 
10am, Tokoroa Community Link, Te Rakaunui Room, 8-10 Torphin Crescent, Tokoroa

Paulo is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. Originally from the Philippines, he has lived in New Zealand for over a decade and considers himself a proud Kiwi Pinoy. Paulo co-founded the New Zealand Philippines Business Council and in 2012 was appointed an Honorary Consul-General for the Philippines. Paulo is a strong believer in and supporter of diversity and the notion that the needs of New Zealanders of all backgrounds should be valued, no matter where you live or where you’re from.

Friday 20 March with Harete Hipango MP 
10am, Kowhai Room, Ruapehu Wing (behind the old Waiora House site) corner Spa Road and Motutaiko St, Taupō

Harete Hipango is also a lawyer and the Spokesperson for Maori Tourism. Harete graduated from the University of Auckland with an LLB in 1991, and has worked extensively in general practice (both public and private) in family, mental health, youth justice, child welfare, criminal, Maori land and mediation.

Friday 27 March with Ian McKelvie MP 
10am, Cambridge Health and Community Centre, 22a Taylor Street, Cambridge

Ian entered into Parliament in 2011 after a nine-year career in local politics as Mayor of the Manawatu District, as well as careers in agriculture and business. His experience includes directorships of a number of companies and organizations including FMG, as Chair FMG Finance, the Royal Agricultural Society and currently the Chair of Special Olympics New Zealand.

I would encourage you to join us for a healthy debate and cuppa at our upcoming Forums. I always enjoy these meetings, it’s great to hear the different views being expressed and the feedback is valuable when we are considering policies in Wellington that affect all of us. Please do come along if you are free!


Cambridge office: Monday & Wednesday 9am – 1pm, Friday by appointment only (07) 827 5572
Taupo office: Monday to Thursday 9am – 3pm, Friday by appointment only (07) 376 5563
South Waikato office: By appointment only (07) 886 5554
Wellington office: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5pm (04) 817 9341

I look forward to catching up with you soon.


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