Welcome MP Paulo Garcia!
National's newest MP Paulo Garcia made his passionate and principled maiden speech in the House and with it made history as New Zealand's first Filipino Member of Parliament. Congratulations Paulo, I look forward to working with you in the future and I wish you luck in your role as a Member of Parliament for the National Party.
Kauri once crowded the Coromandel Peninsula but after nearly two centuries, we have been left with hardly any in our forests. Kauri 2000 began as a millenium project with the aim of planting 2000 kauri trees. The trust has already planted 45000 trees and that number continues to grow. I joined volunteers at Kauri 2000 to help plant Kauri and had a fantastic time. We planted the Kauri high up on the Blackjack Ridge above Kuaotunu which made for a fantastic view over the Peninsula. While the weather was challenging, the planting was great.
If you are interested in getting involved with Kauri 2000, don’t hesitate! Call 07-866 0468 or become a member via the website.
The new C95FM station in Whitianga is very impressive. In the new setup, there are two superb studios- one full-time on-air studio and one production and news preparation booth.
It was great to have a catch up and I’ll be back to C95FM soon.
Rotary Club of Paeroa’s 75th Anniversary
The Rotary Club of Paeroa celebrated 75 years of wonderful service to Paeroa and the surronding district.
Members past and present along with visitors from many parts of New Zealand gathered in the War Memorial Hall to reminisce, re connect and to acknowledge the dedicated service that Rotary is famous for.
Congratulations and here's to the next 75 years.
On The Air Around the Coromandel
We've got a number of great local radio stations based in the Coromandel electorate.
Wahi's Gold FM is one. Brian Gentil is a legend in the radio world and it's always a treat to catch up for a chat on his weekday breakfast show.
Parliament 360 Visit
High School students all over the Coromandel can now take a virtual tour of Parliament any time they like. I've been visiting schools around the electorate, sharing with students Parliaments newest creation - 3D goggles! The goggles can be used to view Parliament via a free app downloadable to student’s smart phones. Users of the goggles can take a front and behind the scenes tour of some of Parliament’s most recognisable spaces and rooms.
The 3D goggles are sponsored by Spark. They are a tool used in a programme aimed at getting as many young people as possible to experience Parliament. Being so far away from Wellington here in the Coromandel, not everyone can visit in person. These goggles are the next best thing to actually being at Parliament.
At Fieldays this year, the National Party released our Primary Production and Rural communities discussion paper. Agriculture, aquaculture and horticulture are hugely important to our local economy. National understands the importance of having a strong, reliable rural workforce, the restrictions of employment law reforms, climate change and environmental regulations as well as increasing taxes.
The document includes over 20 proposals and ideas that we’d like your views on. One idea is a Primary Sector Visa that will address workforce shortages, another idea is to increase penalties for biosecurity offences.
In the document there are suggestions for how life could be made easier for people living rural communities to access quality healthcare and education. Suggestions of potential Mobile Rural Health Clinics is something in particular I think would be beneficial for our electorate. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office with your thoughts about this document.
Alfred Ngaro Visits
Driving National Volunteer Week, I hosted a visit from Alfred Ngaro MP. Alfred and I came into Parliament at the same time. Along with the Coromandel Youth MP Sam Oxford, we visited the Paeroa Community Trust.
The Trust does vital work in Paeroa and I'm always impressed by the positive impact they have upon the lives of so many. Alfred is the National Party Spokesperson for the Community and Voluntary sector and has a special interest in social services. It was a great opportunity to showcase the Trust and their work.
Seagull Centre Opening
Reducing waste going to landfill is increasingly the focusof public and political attention.
The Seagull Centre in Thames has been operating for many years but now is even more efficient at diverting things that would otherwise go to landfill thanks to their new extended facility at the Thames Refuse Transfer Station.
The formal opening ceremony was an opportunity to acknowledge past efforts and celebrate new opportunities.