Welcome to my Website
As the Member of Parliament for New Plymouth it is very important that I hear about the issues that matter to you. This website is a way in which I can communicate to you and you can communicate with me.
Please send me your thoughts by going to "Click to email Jonathan" on the right of the page. I want to hear what you're thinking.
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- New Plymouth 06 759 1363
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Budget 2014 will be about thoughtful targeted spending, not a spend-up.
That’s why we’re investing in the areas that matter most to families, better healthcare, more effective education, safer communities and less welfare dependency. This means we’re to sticking to the $1 billion Budget allowance for the 2014/15 financial year which we confirmed last month – because this is the responsible thing to do.
The average annual wage is expected to increase by $7,500 to around $62,200 a year by 2018 if New Zealand achieves its economic growth forecasts over the next four years. Over the past two years we’ve seen a $3,000 lift in the average wage to $54,700 a year. Treasury expects the economy to grow between 2 - 4 per cent a year out to 2018. This forecast means during 2012 – 2018 the average wage will go up $10,500, or around 20 per cent, compared to inflation of around 12 per cent over the same period.