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The Tom Column - A growing economy delivering for New Zealand households

A growing economy supports more jobs and higher wages. It provides opportunities for families. And it pays for the public services New Zealanders rely on.The economy remains front and centre...


Opunake Coastal Column - Regional Tourism

Earlier this year I walked the Pouakai Crossing, which is the fantastic one day walk up from the North Egmont Visitors Centre, around the mountain under the stunning Dieffenbach Cliffs...


Jonathans Journal - 4 September 2016

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The Tom Column - Focused on the future for youth training and work

We recently had Got a Trade Week 2016 which is a new initiative launched by Government to raise awareness of the on-the-job training and career opportunities in New Zealand’s trades...


Opunake Coastal Column - Building our teaching workforce for Kiwi kids

We all remember our favourite teacher, and I think most people can think of story about a moment that teacher had an impact on their lives.Teachers are a vital...


More students achieving in New Plymouth

Local MP Jonathan says that more of our students in New Plymouth gaining NCEA Level 2 is something parents will be very happy to hear.  In 2015 86 per cent...


Opunake Coastal Column - National increases its support for first-home buyers

National’s KiwiSaver HomeStart helps New Zealanders into a modest first home. It has been great over the last few months to meet local people who have been able to get...


New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young rebuts simplistic view of what Marfell needs.

Demand for Housing NZ properties has been extremely low in Marfell. Even people having to utilise temporary emergency housing have turned down opportunities, which is surprising and disappointing, says Young,...


Government adopts goal of predator free NZ

Local conservation projects could be in for a major boost with the launch of Predator Free NZ 2050, says local MP Jonathan Young.Yesterday the Government announced an initial $28 million...


Opunake Coastal Column - Loopy rules on their way out

Imagine being an owner of a bus depot with no walls who is forced to install four exit signs, just in case people can't find their way out if there...