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As we launch into 2017 and what will be another busy year, we can have confidence New Zealand is on the right track.

We are in capable hands with Bill English and Paula Bennett as leaders, and an energetic team of ministers and MPs behind them.

The Government is gearing up for the challenges of election year with a busy agenda and a clear plan for our country’s future - building on the strong momentum we have achieved over the past eight years.

I hope you have been able to spend some time with family and friends over the festive season, had a chance to put on your jandals and enjoy a few barbies. For those that have continued to work through, I do hope you enjoy the rest of the summer, and take time to enjoy some of Taranaki’s fine attractions, and have time to get out and about and enjoy our summer.  A special thanks must go out to all those that ensure everyone keeps safe over our summer, particularly our lifeguards, thank you for all your volunteer hours on our New Zealand beaches. 

I’m looking forward to another productive year in 2017 and New Zealand is well positioned compared to most other countries.

That’s no accident. It’s the result of New Zealanders’ hard work, backed by the National-led Government’s clear plan for our country’s future.

Our economy remains one of the stron

As we launch into 2017 and what will be another busy year, we can have confidence New Zealand is on the right track.

We are in capable hands with Bill English and Paula Bennett as leaders, and an energetic team of ministers and MPs behind them.

The Government is gearing up for the challenges of election year with a busy agenda and a clear plan for our country’s future - building on the strong momentum we have achieved over the past eight years.

I hope you have been able to spend some time with family and friends over the festive season, had a chance to put on your jandals and enjoy a few barbies. For those that have continued to work through, I do hope you enjoy the rest of the summer, and take time to enjoy some of Taranaki’s fine attractions, and have time to get out and about and enjoy our summer.  A special thanks must go out to all those that ensure everyone keeps safe over our summer, particularly our lifeguards, thank you for all your volunteer hours on our New Zealand beaches. 

I’m looking forward to another productive year in 2017 and New Zealand is well positioned compared to most other countries.

That’s no accident. It’s the result of New Zealanders’ hard work, backed by the National-led Government’s clear plan for our country’s future.

Our economy remains one of the strongest in the developed world. And Kiwi families are seeing the benefits.

Around 250,000 extra jobs have been created over the past three years and unemployment is falling. The average annual wage is now $58,400 – up $12,000 since we were elected in 2008 and more than double the rate of inflation, while interest rates are at 50-year lows.

The country is back in surplus and we’re getting better results from important public services like hospitals, schools and social programmes.

We are seeing strong growth in sectors such as tourism, ICT, construction, and high-tech manufacturing. With Taranaki voted the second best region to visit in the world, we have definitely seen an increase in national & international tourists and this will only continue to grow.

New Zealand is also experiencing our biggest building boom – in the past five years, annual residential building consents have more than doubled. In Auckland, they have almost tripled.

We have the resilience and the financial strength to bounce back from challenges such as the Kaikōura earthquakes, and the Government will continue to support the recovery efforts.

National is committed to ensuring this stability and progress continues as we head into the New Year. I am looking forward to another great year as the MP for the New Plymouth electorate which reaches from Waitara to Opunake. Please do get in touch with me should you have anything you wish to discuss or any events you may want me to attend.

gest in the developed world. And Kiwi families are seeing the benefits.

Around 250,000 extra jobs have been created over the past three years and unemployment is falling. The average annual wage is now $58,400 – up $12,000 since we were elected in 2008 and more than double the rate of inflation, while interest rates are at 50-year lows.

The country is back in surplus and we’re getting better results from important public services like hospitals, schools and social programmes.

We are seeing strong growth in sectors such as tourism, ICT, construction, and high-tech manufacturing. With Taranaki voted the second best region to visit in the world, we have definitely seen an increase in national & international tourists and this will only continue to grow.

New Zealand is also experiencing our biggest building boom – in the past five years, annual residential building consents have more than doubled. In Auckland, they have almost tripled.

We have the resilience and the financial strength to bounce back from challenges such as the Kaikōura earthquakes, and the Government will continue to support the recovery efforts.

National is committed to ensuring this stability and progress continues as we head into the New Year. I am looking forward to another great year as the MP for the New Plymouth electorate which reaches from Waitara to Opunake. Please do get in touch with me should you have anything you wish to discuss or any events you may want me to attend.

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