It’s been my privilege to serve as your local MP and as a strong voice advocating for the issues that matter to the North Shore since 2011. These past three years as a Minister inside Cabinet, I’ve had responsibility for Conservation, Arts, Culture and Heritage and Seniors. I am proud of being part of a disciplined Caucus and an effective government helping North Shore residents and New Zealanders to keep moving in the right direction.
At this election, voters face a clear choice to either keep the positive momentum going with National or to change direction and take our country into the unknown with a high tax, high spend agenda.
The new Labour leader, their 6th in 9 years, is intent on taxes. So far Labour has promised a regional fuel tax that will penalise Auckland drivers, a capital gains tax, and a bullying water tax that's rumoured to be at 10% level but Labour hasn't worked out the detail so it's anybody's guess. The alternative, under the strong and proven leadership of Bill English, is a Government working to make New Zealand a country where innovation and hard work is recognised and rewarded, where the vulnerable are protected and people can avail themselves of a world class education so they can change their own lives.
During my time as your representative in Parliament we’ve invested $140 million on improvements at North Shore Hospital which have transformed it from one of the worst to one of the best performing hospitals in the country.
National is the party of property and we’re helping nearly 31,000 young Kiwis into their first home through KiwiSaver HomeStart. We now have all of the key housing data trending in the right direction - house build rates are at the highest level in a decade and 100,000 homes are in the pipeline over the next three years.
Here on the Shore, National has invested more than $100 million to support the expansion of our excellent local schools. The $26m upgrade work at Takapuna Grammar is well underway with the new assembly hall ready in time for the 90th jubilee in October.
The vision of a Predator Free 2050 I announced just over a year ago has captured New Zealander’s imagination and is gaining momentum around the country, including locally. DOC’s showing leadership by committing to make Maungauika/North Head, rat free and I'm fully supporting all local efforts to make Devonport predator free.
As Minister for Seniors, my priority is to protect them from the scourge of elder abuse. I’ve rolled out a new Elder Abuse Response Service – EARS - to help protect our vulnerable older people. There’s been a steady stream of calls to 0800 EA NOT OK - a free and confidential 24/7 help line, since its launch in July.
The $1.4 billion Waterview Tunnel has made a significant difference to travel times between the North Shore and the airport. It’s part of the Western Ring Road, one of the initial seven Roads of National Significance. Ten more worth more than $10.5 billion are on the way, including the East-West link and Wellsford to Whangarei. I will continue to strongly advocate within government for a tunnel as a second harbour crossing and to push this Labour-leaning Auckland Mayor and disinterested local councillors to commit to a much-needed upgrade for Lake Road.
We really need your support to be able to continue to deliver for the North Shore and if you give us two ticks, we’ll keep implementing our strong economic plan to deliver more jobs, growth and prosperity for all New Zealanders.