In two weeks Finance Minister Bill English will deliver the National-led Government’s seventh Budget. It will be a Budget that builds on the strong foundations we’ve laid through our economic programme over the past six years.
Our strong, growing economy, backed by the Government’s clear economic plan, is translating into real benefits for New Zealand households and businesses.
There a so many great organisations in Tauranga doing amazing things for the community. One of the highlights of my job is that I get to visit these groups and the people who give their time and energy to run them. Last week I visited the Tauranga Menz Shed, based at the Historic Village on 17th Ave.
There was a fantastic response to my first ‘People’s Question Time’ held at Tauranga Boys’ College last Wednesday night. It was a great turnout and there were some very good discussions on a number of topics.
Good morning and welcome to the World Geothermal Congress. It is a real pleasure to be here and I’m sure that, like me, you are all looking forward to a fascinating few days.
In recent years we’ve heard a lot about the idea of an 'energy trilemma'. As the World Energy Council puts it, we need to balance the tensions between the need for energy reliability and security, society’s need for accessible and affordable energy, and the need for environmental sustainability.
We are all aware that house prices in Tauranga relative to income are among the highest in the country. One reason for this is that Tauranga is such a desirable place to live; another is that the high rate of retirees skews income figures.
Putting this aside, housing affordability is a major concern for a number of people, and an issue I hear mentioned a lot when out and about in the community.
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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