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National is doing the work in opposition to make sure we have the policies that New Zealanders want.

We’ve released a number of discussion documents this year and have had a positive response from the public in the areas of education, small business, the environment, seniors and the primary industries sector.

Later this month, the National Economic Discussion Document will be released. This is a keenly anticipated blueprint of practical sustainable solutions to our country’s needs. Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith will visit New Plymouth on the 5th of September to present the document and gather feedback to help fine-tune our policies.

Paul will be the latest in a long line of MPs to visit Taranaki this year, with many more to come. Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson Todd McLay is here next month, followed soon after by new Agriculture, Biosecurity and Forestry spokesperson Todd Muller.

Next month’s Opunake constituent clinic will feature a special guest – Brett Hudson, who is National’s Police spokesperson and also holds the portfolios of Commerce and Consumer affairs, Government Digital Services and Associate Transport. He’ll give a quick summary of what he’s finding around the country and then listen to any concerns and comments that you might have.

I’ll remind you closer to the time, but please save the date – September the 20th, 10.30am at CoastalCare. It would be great to hear from a range of groups and individuals.

Taranaki’s MPs Harete Hipango, Barbara Kuriger and myself are working hard to make sure our region’s voice is heard so we need you to keep letting us know what is important to you.

Our discussion documents are available online at  We want to make sure they are as relevant as possible to your day to day and longterm needs, and would appreciate hearing your thoughts.


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