The Tom Magazine Oakura Column May 2015
Remembering our ANZACS
I recently came across this incredible poem by M. Kemal Atatürk in 1934 as a Tribute to the ANZACS.
THE ANZAC MEMORIAL Those heroes that shed their blood And lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore, rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side, Here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries... Wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom And are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have Become our sons as well. This time of reflection for our ANZACS is incredibly moving. The freedom and liberties they all fought for are to be honoured.
We stand as the Nation we are today because of their bravery and fortitude and for this we will be eternally grateful. The world is such a vastly different place from 100 years ago, and it continues to change at a rapid pace. It was only yesterday upon reading an article that a drone was used to herd sheep that you are reminded change and progression is constant, but it is how we adapt and approach change that is important. As a Government we face change on a multitude of fronts, and how we communicate and engage with the public is vital.
The Government recently established the Rules Reduction Taskforce which will be going to all electorates in New Zealand to get feedback on loopy property rules and red tape. This will be a chance to hear frustrations and ideas for solutions around property rules.
I will be hosting a Rules Reduction public meeting on the 8th May 10.30am at the Quality Plymouth Hotel. In Taranaki property development continues to grow, and with the strong DIY nature of Kiwis, this will be a great opportunity to discuss issues and ideas that will be taken back to Government for consideration.
Next month Finance Minister Bill English will deliver the National-led Government’s seventh Budget. Our strong, growing economy, backed by the Government’s clear economic plan, is translating into real benefits for New Zealand households and businesses.
We have one of the fastest-growing economies in the developed world. It’s supporting more jobs – 80,000 new jobs in the past year. Inflation and interest rates are low.
Wages, on average, are increasing faster than the cost of living. More Kiwis are voting with their feet and either staying home or coming home to take up opportunities for their families. But there is much more to be done – a couple of good years are not enough to change our long-term well-being. We’ll need many more years where we grow faster than other developed countries so we can continue lifting incomes and creating more jobs.
Thanks to the hard work of New Zealanders up and down the country, we’re in a strong position to build a brighter future. Providing we stick to our clear plan, we can deliver the opportunities and security New Zealanders and their families deserve.