It’s been a very rewarding year for New Zealand First. In just 12 months we have achieved so much for our country.
As Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, I am especially proud of the significant announcements from the Provincial Growth Fund, which represent substantial investments in regional rail and forestry, and an energised focus on tourism and job creation.
It was a momentous occasion in May to be in Rotorua for the launch of Te Uru Rākau, the new Forestry Service, with its head office located in the heart of regional New Zealand. Forestry is the country’s third-largest export earner, with an annual gross income of about $5 billion, and potential for growth. On my overseas visits as the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, I have been promoting what New Zealand has to offer to a global audience of consumers. Only last month, I led New Zealand’s first-ever business delegation to South Africa.
A big win was also the passing of the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill in August. It ensures investments made by overseas people in New Zealand will have genuine benefits for the country and this includes a ban on overseas buyers purchasing existing homes. The dream of home ownership is now a reality for more New Zealanders.
I’m also pleased the Government took seriously the issues raised by my KiwiFund Bill and Ministers have agreed to work through a number of matters of concern in two upcoming reviews including fees and investment practices, and default provider arrangements.
A full-scale review into retail power pricing was also one of our commitments in the Coalition agreement with Labour, and phase one is now complete. In July when I attended the Warmer Kiwi Homes launch in Christchurch, rolled out in partnership with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, we turned up at a lady’s house to install the insulation and the first thing she said to me was, “I voted for New Zealand First!”
New Zealand First is a strong and stable coalition partner in this government, working in the best interests of New Zealanders. We currently have the lowest unemployment we’ve seen in a long time, low Government debt, a strong Government surplus, and forecast growth of around 3 percent a year over the next five years.
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