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Government must avert KiwiRail Christmas strike

October 21, 2021 Share

The Government must intervene to avert proposed strike action by KiwiRail workers that threatens to significantly disrupt freight and passenger transport in the lead-up to Christmas, says National’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Scott Simpson.

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Urgent Intervention Needed to Protect Pink Maomao

June 28, 2021 Share

Reports about abuse of the pink maomao fishery is highly concerning, says Coromandel Member of Parliament Scott Simpson.

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Transition from plastics requires Kiwi ingenuity

June 28, 2021 Share

National are broadly in agreement with the Government’s decision to phase out a range of particularly problematic plastics, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

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Labour stuck in 1970s with National Awards 2.0

May 07, 2021 Share

Labour’s so-called Fair Pay Agreements are an ideologically-driven project without any sound analytical basis, National’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

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Waihi Kiwibank to Close

March 25, 2021 Share

Coromandel Member of Parliament, Scott Simpson, says that Kiwibank’s decision to close its branch in Waihi confirms that the “people’s bank” is no more.

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Kiwibank to Close in Waihi

February 25, 2021 Share

Coromandel Member of Parliament, Scott Simpson, says that Kiwibank’s proposal to close its branch in Waihi is just another nail in the coffin for retail banking in the Coromandel.

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Limited Return of Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Welcomed

November 16, 2020 Share

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson is welcoming news that the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter will return to Whitianga during January 2021.

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Petition Accepted to bring back Coromandel’s Rescue Helicopter

June 19, 2020 Share

MP for Coromandel Scott Simpson has accepted a petition from Stephan Bosman on behalf of the entire Coromandel community calling on the current Government to reverse its decision that saw the local Coromandel Rescue Helicopter service taken away last summer.

It was an honour to be the first person to sign Stephan’s petition when it was launched in January, Mr Simpson says.

“It’s an even greater honour to have now formally received it from him along with more than 46,000 other signatures. That’s almost the population of Invercargill.

“The 46,439 signatures on this petition represent the anger, the frustration and the sense of betrayal of local Coromandel people and visitors alike.

“The petition is a clear message to the Government that speaks to the passion, energy and hard work of the volunteers who organised and helped collect signatures from all around the Coromandel region.

“Almost 4 years ago, over a million dollars was raised by the community to build a purpose designed hangar and accommodation facility in Whitianga. Last summer for the first time in 12 years no rescue helicopter was based on the Coromandel Penninsula over the summer holiday period. 

“The people of the Coromandel need a chopper based in Mercury Bay at the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust’s hangar over the summer months and at long weekends. The Government need to bring it back.”

Coromandel MP Moves to Top Ten

May 26, 2020 Share

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson has been promoted in new National Party Leader Todd Muller’s front bench line up.

The MP continues to hold the Environment and Climate Change portfolios.

In addition, he has been allocated responsibility for Resource Management Act Reform and Planning.

“I am very pleased that Todd Muller has asked me to continue my work in the environment and climate change space. The addition of RMA Reform completes the circle in those areas.

“Nationals focus through until the election and beyond is clearly on Covid-19 recovery and over the next few months, Todd Muller and my colleagues will present a very clear case for why National is better placed to lead that recovery than the current Government.

 

High-Paying Environmental Jobs Policy Not Realistic

May 19, 2020 Share

The Government’s $1.1 billion idea of redeploying people into environmental jobs is great in concept but difficult to turn into reality, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

“It’s a struggle to get Kiwis to take well-paying jobs in the horticulture or farming sector, so convincing people to become rat-catchers and possum-trackers in the numbers the Government is hoping for will be an enormous challenge.

“It’s all very well allocating the funding, but there’s no detail on how the job numbers will be achieved and this Government has a poor track record of delivering on their big policies.

“The $1.1 billion for 11,000 jobs means they’ve allocated $100,000 per job. There is no detail about how much of this is going to workers on the ground doing the environmental work and how much of this is going to added bureaucracy in Wellington offices.

“This is similar to Budget 2018 where $100 million was allocated to setting up the Green Investment Fund to create new green investment and jobs. But two years later not a cent has been invested and the only jobs created are for the highly–paid executives administering the fund.

“This announcement has all the hallmarks of being the Government’s environmental equivalent of Kiwibuild, a great slogan with no idea on how they’ll achieve it.”