Putting New Zealanders First

New Zealand First is the third largest party in the New Zealand Parliament. The Party was formed in 1993 to represent those New Zealanders concerned about the social and economic direction of our country, and who were seeking pragmatic, common-sense representation in Parliament.

Following the 2017 General Election, the Party retained 9 seats in the House of Representatives and formed a Coalition Government with the New Zealand Labour Party. Party Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, became Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and the Party secured three other Cabinet positions and an Undersecretary role.

At the core of New Zealand First's policies are our "Fifteen Fundamental Principles", which emphasise accountable and transparent government, common-sense social and economic policy, and the placing of the interests of New Zealand, and New Zealanders, at the forefront of Government decision-making.

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Shane Jones announces a new harbour and 1850 new jobs for eastern Bay of Plenty

The eastern Bay of Plenty town of Ōpōtiki is getting a new harbour, which will create 1,850 new jobs in the region, in a new round of regional services funding announced by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones. Ōpōtiki's harbour is currently unusable by most ships, but it will receive $79.4 million to change that. The investment will be spent on the harbour’s redevelopment, to make it safe and fit for purpose for the seafood industry. Minister Jones said of the 1,850 jobs this would create, 730 would be in Ōpōtiki itself. He made the announcement in his speech to the first conference called by the new Infrastructure Commission, now known as Infracom, which was held in Auckland. "Building a new harbour to support the growth of aquaculture is the biggest transformational investment the Provincial Growth Fund has made to date," the Minister said. "World demand for sustainable seafood is increasing rapidly and large scale aquaculture requires a safe, accessible harbour for harvesting produce and servicing boats.” “Today's announcement will provide safe access for more boats into the harbour, allowing Ōpōtiki to become a major servicing base for aquaculture and other marine related industries,” Minister Jones added. The Minister named mussel farming as one of the beneficiaries of the development. He said it would be "the catalyst for private investment in marine related industries, wharves and a residential development". The harbour announcement by Minister Jones was part of a package of $190m in spending, as part of the $300m earmarked for the regions in the Government's new $12 billion infrastructure programme, announced during the Infracom Conference.     https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12312347

Winston Peters defends multi-million dollar PGF investment into Northland water storage

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has defended multi-million dollar provincial growth fund money for Northland water storage.   The New Zealand First leader, along with Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, were recently in Dargaville to announce up to $12.745 million PGF funding top-up for water storage initiatives in the region. The Dargaville visit by the Mr Peters and Minister Jones came just four months after Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor jointly announced New Zealand's biggest freshwater management reforms in a generation. The freshwater reforms' consultation document Action for Healthy Waterways said the government wanted to tightly restrict any further intensification of land use through interim measures. But the Deputy Prime Minister said that final local manifestations of how New Zealand's national freshwater reforms eventually played out in the North – and other parts of New Zealand - meant the government's funding top up for Northland water storage project was not inappropriate. "We are providing up to $12.745 million through the provincial growth fund to ensure the region (Northland) has a reliable water supply which can be used to develop underutilised land, grow new markets, create jobs and put more money into the local economy.”     https://www.nzherald.co.nz/the-country/news/article.cfm?c_id=16&objectid=12310509&

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