After 12 years as New Plymouth MP, Jonathan Young has launched a fresh bid to represent the electorate in Parliament.
Speaking to over a hundred supporters at his campaign Launch at the Plymouth Hotel tonight, Jonathan reflected on a productive time in Parliament, and his aspirations for the coming term.
First elected in 2008, Mr Young achieved a majority of 105, and has built this to seven and a half thousand at the 2017 election, through a strong platform of community involvement, positive initiatives and advocating for the New Plymouth electorate.
He’s been part of a huge number of successes delivered in the electorate from the Vickers to City project, to Ultrafast Broadband, new facilities for the police and schools, and the launch of the Project Mounga conservation programme.
“I’m proud to have initiated the Taranaki Futures organisation alongside business and education leaders in New Plymouth, and then developed the Accelerator Programme to enable students to make well informed and positive decisions for their tertiary studies and career futures.
With the National Party in opposition this last term, Mr Young says he’s been busier than ever, assisting with a range of constituent concerns, visiting throughout the country in regard to his portfolio responsibilities.
Mr Young is the National Party’s spokesperson for Energy & Resources and Arts, Culture & Heritage.
Those are both portfolios with a huge amount of interest and relevance to people in the New Plymouth Electorate, he says.
“The energy industry has generated many jobs directly and downstream and has an important role to play in a managed sustainable transition to a low emission economy. And you’d go a long way to find a more creative region than Taranaki, which is home to a gifted arts community.
“National continues to hold the view that natural gas is a strategic resource, essential to strengthen security of supply and affordability of energy in both the electricity and gas markets.
We recognise that Natural Gas underpins renewables, by being the lowest emission, instant-start backup that can be called upon when the lakes are low, the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine. This is important to keep households energy costs as low as possible and to get our economy growing again.
“The National Party continues to stand by its commitment to revisit and reverse the exploration ban, while we continue to stand by our commitment to see New Zealand move towards a low-emission economy. They are not mutually exclusive,” says Jonathan Young.
The creative sector in Taranaki is renowned and offers an opportunity to further put the region on the map when it comes to attracting tourists and visitors.