Last Thursday the Prime Minister and I were in Rotorua to announce a $333 million cycleways investment. The programme is the largest investment ever made in cycling in this country. It is made up of 41 projects across 15 centres - from Whangarei to Dunedin. These will add significant value to the tourism sector but also create positive health and recreation outcomes.
Last Friday I was at the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce’s City Leaders Lunch for a panel discussion with Mayor Stuart Crosby and 2014 Westpac Business Leader Steve Saunders.
We covered a wide range of topics, but I focused my address on the local economy – how it is doing and where it is heading in the future. Tauranga is doing better than most other regions. It is well placed to continue to grow, both in established sectors like horticulture and emerging sectors such as ICT.
It is often said that a measure of a society is how it looks after its most vulnerable. The National-led Government is committed to helping our most vulnerable citizens improve their lives and those of their families.
In our Caucus and around the Cabinet table we are working hard at taking a fresh approach to long-standing social problems including poor education and inter-generational welfare dependency.
Getting out and about in the community and having the chance to interact with such a wide range of fantastic people is one of the great things about being a Member of Parliament.
It was a privilege to have Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley, in Tauranga last week. We spent the day visiting local social service providers in the region and hearing first-hand from those that help look after the most vulnerable in our society.
Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser and Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, today welcomed an International Energy Agency (IEA) report on energy and climate change. Minister Groser is special adviser on climate change to the International Energy Agency.
The report highlights that world greenhouse gas emissions from energy production and use are double the level of greenhouse gas emissions from all other sources. It suggests a number of strategies to reduce these.
Last week I wrote about the significant investment the National-led Government has made in Health - one of the largest expenditures with a record $15.9 billion in the 2015/16 financial year.
Another significant portion of the Budget, and rightly so, is Education. We are increasing spending in 2015/16 by $680 million, taking the total amount for early childhood (ECE), primary, and secondary education to $10.8 billion.
In the current National-led Government, Simon is Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Transport, Deputy Leader of the House, Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues and Associate Minister of Justice.
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