Tamaki Newsletter– August 2023

Welcome to this special edition of my newsletter.  It has been only a few days since my last one, but already there is a large amount of significant news to share with you - mostly around parliament, but also local news here in Tamaki.

By now, you will all hopefully know about the government forcing through its changed to Three Waters and to the RMA.  Last week, Labour moved the parliament into Urgency to ram through is very contentious Three Waters legislation.  While they have made a few changes, these do not take away form the core problems of the law which is creating a highly bureaucratic system and one divided by race.  The good news is that National will repeal within the first 100 days of winning the election.

The same is true around the Resource Management Act (RMA) changes.  Labour has passed two laws to replace the RMA.  All this will do is make an already grindingly slow system, stall.  So many new, quasi-spiritual concepts, are introduced that is going to take courts, developers, home owners, and you and me years and lots of money to work through.  Again, National will repeal within the first 100 days, returning to the old RMA and then working on a few fit for purpose set of laws.

Alongside this, Labour have also announced two other crazy policies and ideas.  One is around reducing the voting age (in council elections) to 16 and other around a 12 cents a litre fuel tax.  

The proposed legislation around 16 year olds voting in council elections was dropped late on Thursday last week, with no press release or anything.  It won’t surprise you that I don’t support the idea for many reasons, but the key take away is a government that is clearly now paranoid and desperate.  If Labour was confident of its ideas, then why try and slip the law into Parliament without comment?  Put another way, why is this “most open and transparent government ever” so secretive?

As for the new twelve cents a litre tax on fuel, this is based on Labour’s new transport policies. As you will anticipate, the new tax is to pay for their proposals.  But as we know, Labour hasn’t and cannot deliver anything.  If we take just transport, they have talked big about the light rail to the airport or a cycleway over the Harbour Bridge and yet done absolutely nothing - other than spend millions on consultants.

In contrast, and as I write, National has just announced it will fund thirteen new pharmaceuticals for cancer treatment.  New Zealand is already way behind when it comes to other countries in this space, so this is a really positive step forward.  You can read more at www.national.org.nz/cancer

More locally, like me, you will be delighted to see the St Heliers library re-opened.  Both inside and out, it is great!  I was also pleased to join others locals to support our Eastern Bays Community Patrol for its recent fundraiser the Churchill Club.  Thanks to locals’ generous support, we raised over $4,000 dollars.

Campaign wise, things are getting even busier (in a good way) for our National Party team.  This weekend alone we put up even more hoardings (legally I might add, when compared to the other Parties), door knocked across multiple suburbs, and delivered thousands more flyers.  We have even more to come, so check out the events below and if you want to be part of a fun team focused on changing this government, get in touch - we always welcome more volunteers.

And speaking of events, here are just some coming up:

Every week we have campaign events - be this flyer deliveries, door knocking, phone calling, putting up hoardings.  If you want to join the team, email me at [email protected] 

I am back to Wellington this week for the penultimate week of Parliament.  Once again, Labour is pushing us into Urgency to rush through more legislation.  For me, this is the clearest sign they know they are going to lose and desperate as the days here in Parliament come to an end.

And finally, watch this space as we start a new spring initiate throughout September!

With thanks as always