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Budget 2017 delivers to all New Zealanders

Steven Joyce’s first Budget delivers for Coromandel and all New Zealanders. It ensures that people share in the benefits of our growing economy. It’s in towns around the country just like Te Aroha where people will feel the gains directly.

It follows the same pathway established so successfully by Prime Minister Bill English during his eight years as our Finance Minister. Steady, stable and effective.

The centre piece of the Budget is the Family Incomes package which will benefit 1.3 million Kiwi families. Superannuitants will also benefit with an increase of $13.10 per week.

Despite uncertain times on the international front the outlook for our economy and for our region continues to look very positive. That’s a tribute to hard working and enterprising New Zealanders.

Careful economic management over the last few years means we have options other countries don’t have.  The Budget seizes upon the many opportunities presented by a growing economy and includes more investment in public services especially health and education.

I am particularly pleased about the extra spending for law and order including extra spending on police to prevent burglaries and target reoffending. That’s very important for Te Aroha.

This 2017 Budget keeps New Zealand on track for sustained employment and strong economic growth. This is all great news for Te Aroha, the Coromandel and the whole country.

Conserving our environment

The Department of Conservation Community Fund was set up three years ago to distribute $26 million to local community environment groups and projects. It’s been a huge success and is continuing to make a big difference for many community groups who would have struggled to do their great work without some financial help. We’ve seen the positive impacts in our area with groups focusing on weed and predator control receiving funding support. If you or your group have a proposal that fits with the purpose of the Fund I urge you to put forward your application. Details can be found on the DoC website (doc.govt.nz) or by phoning 0800 862 020. Expressions of interest for this year’s round need to be submitted no later than 23 June.

The DoC Community Fund encourages everyday New Zealanders to take ownership and lend a hand to important projects that matter to their communities.

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