One in two New Zealanders cast their vote for progress and the election night results were a solid endorsement of National’s nine year track record growing the economy.
Whatever shape the new government takes, it is an absolute privilege for me to continue to be your local North Shore MP for the next three years. My sincere thanks for your support for me as the candidate since 2011 and for the National Party I represent.
Winter campaigns are especially tough on our many volunteers and I remain very grateful to them all for stepping up to help – even in the most ghastly weather. A special thanks to my hardworking and focused core team – Campaign Manager Joe Bergin, Joan Finlayson, David and Eli McKeown, Gary and Lesley Monk, Margaret and Neil Crawford, Bob Jago from North Shore Toyota, Jenn McKenzie, Kevin Schwass, Gavin Busch, Toby Hutton, Dani Clements-Levi and the Young Nats. My fiancé Grant will always be my most local and valued supporter and now that he’s mastered the hoardings and the door knocking we’ll set about planning our wedding for later in the year.
As a party we fought a strong and sustained nationwide campaign and in the past two months I supported colleagues at more than thirty events around the country.
I took part in eight North Shore candidate debates as well as around thirty home meetings, public meetings, retirement home visits and other local events. If ever I was feeling depleted I’d think about the heavy workload of our tireless Prime Minister Bill English who lead by example and proved he has the stamina, intellect and debating skills to lead this country.
I know and share residents deep frustration with the situation on Lake Road – congestion there is no longer just a peak period issue, it’s spread throughout the day and even into the weekend. On a bad day it can take an hour to go six kilometres along the road which carries 32,000 vehicles each day - I want to make sure we make progress on this. Auckland Transport needs to keep talking with locals and looking for ways to improve the situation for people who have to use Lake Road. Over the next three years, I will continue to advocate strongly for a second harbour crossing and will work with parliamentary colleagues, the council and local board to sort out the traffic congestion on Lake and Esmonde roads.
This month marks the 90th anniversary of Takapuna Grammar and pupils past and present will celebrate this milestone over Labour weekend. The new hall is due to be finished in time for the celebrations and the $28m I pushed for Takapuna Grammar to receive is being spent to earthquake strengthen and make watertight its iconic main building and build 25 new fit-for-purpose modern learning spaces.
Finally can I encourage you all to support the ten Fine Homes Tour of Devonport on Friday October 27th. I’ve been Patron of this excellent Devonport Rotary initiative since 2013 because of my family connection with dementia and this biennial event is always fun and is aiming to raise $10,000 for each of their four charities.
If I can be of help with any issues you might have, please contact my electorate office on 09 486 0005 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.