As I celebrate my first anniversary as MP for Taranaki-King Country and reflect over the past 12 months I am wowed by the amazing people, organisations and businesses I have engaged with. I am inspired by the attitudes of small communities and individuals who strive to achieve success for local or wider projects benefiting those around them. Travelling around the electorate at the invitation of groups or through my own public forum ‘Kuriger Conversations’ the discussions brought to the table have been insightful and the topics of a diverse nature – these are invaluable and I thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to meet with me.
On Friday 6th November my colleague’s Hon. Chester Burrows, Todd Barclay MP, Stuart Smith MP and I will host a series of Provincial Priorities meetings throughout the electorate. As MP’s from large rural electorates we understand the significance of rural New Zealand and the contribution it makes to the rest of the country. Our objectives are to listen and then collectively take back to Wellington the issues raised. Please look out for further information regarding these which will be advertised closer to the time. Meetings will be held at the Night Owl, Piopio from 1.15pm to 2.45pm followed by a meeting in Otorohanga at St John’s meeting room, from 3.30pm to 5pm. I look forward to listening to your views.
Tourism is one of the key industries in the Taranki King-Country electorate and I was absolutely delighted that the Prime Minister announced through the Tourism Growth Partnership, funding to help build the Ocean Trail Mountain Bike Park in Raglan. It will have nearly 7 kilometres of mountain bike trails for all skill levels from beginners to advanced riders. This is a good compliment to the already popular Pureora Forest Timber Trail and allows keen cyclists both domestically and internationally now a chance to experience both coastal and forestry tracks.
Following on from the meetings I held in April in the electorate as well as 50 others held around the country and thousands of submissions, the Rules Reduction Taskforce has reported its findings on the loopy rules that frustrate New Zealanders. There’s no doubt that out-of-date, petty and onerous rules are causing unnecessary costs, delays and annoyances.
Over the next few weeks Ministers will work with departments and agencies to progress the quick fixes. Other solutions will take a bit longer, but we’ll continue to make announcements as this work progresses.
It is not acceptable that these rules hold back New Zealanders and their businesses. That’s why we’re jumping at the chance to find practical solutions.