Columns

Thu 9 Apr 2015
| Columns

We are all aware that house prices in Tauranga relative to income are among the highest in the country. One reason for this is that Tauranga is such a desirable place to live; another is that the high rate of retirees skews income figures.

Thu 2 Apr 2015
| Columns

Last week during Parliament’s General Debate I gave a speech about how the National-led Government is backing the regions to achieve their potential through increased support and investment.

Fri 27 Mar 2015
| Columns

Last week Social Development Anne Tolley announced that the number of teen parents on a benefit has nearly halved since 2009. This is in part due to an improving economy and the creation of more jobs, and also the significant work and focus the National-led Government has put into getting people off welfare and into work.

Thu 26 Mar 2015
| Columns

New Zealand’s politicians are some of the most accessible in the world. I am often talking to people when out and about in Tauranga, and I receive plenty of feedback and opinions via social media. Anyone who wishes to can call or walk into my electorate office to talk to one of my staff and get an appointment if required.

Thu 19 Mar 2015
| Columns

In my last Bay News column before the Election I wrote about what the Government is doing to tackle the issue of family violence and improve awareness, support and protection for victims.

Fri 13 Mar 2015
| Columns

I have been kept particularly busy over the last couple of weeks with my Energy and Transport portfolios.

Thu 12 Mar 2015
| Columns

Last week we had the Minister for Primary Industries Hon Nathan Guy in Tauranga. I have had a couple of people raise concerns with me about the recent fruit fly outbreak in Auckland so it was good to have the Minister here to talk to some local industry leaders and kiwifruit growers.

Thu 5 Mar 2015
| Columns

I was interested to read this week about the changing demographics of Tauranga over the next 30 years. Official figures from Statistics New Zealand show that the Bay of Plenty is projected to be one of the fastest-growing regions in New Zealand, behind only Auckland, Canterbury and the Waikato.

Fri 27 Feb 2015
| Columns

One of National’s four key priorities has been to deliver better public services. This is just one area where the Government can make a real difference to New Zealander’s lives. In practice it means improving health and educational outcomes, reducing crime rates and welfare dependency and making it easier for people to interact with Government departments.

Fri 13 Feb 2015
| Columns

At the end of January I announced $37 million of urban cycleway projects to be rolled out across the country, as part of a $100 million programme we announced in the lead up to the Election. These projects are designed to make safe, user-friendly cycleways, encouraging uptake and resulting in health and environmental benefits. I will be announcing more projects at a later date, and I am hopeful that Tauranga will be included in the future.