I recently had the honour of attending the opening of the Coastal Care Centre in Opunake with Hon Jonathan Coleman. This centre is an incredible achievement and an outstanding asset for the coastal community. The vision to bring together so many different service providers and the years of hard work and fundraising to have the centre completed is to be admired and applauded. Congratulations again to all those involved, and what a stand out achievement that I’m sure will be a model for other rural communities.
New Plymouth has a reputation of being the most vibrant
regional city in New Zealand, evidenced in 2008, when New Plymouth won an
enviable international award for being the most liveable city (under 70,000
residents) in the world.
In such a vibrant city, success is easier for some, but
harder for others. Good government is when those at the lowest point have
opportunity to reach the highest. Closing the inequality gap is one of the
great challenges of government. This is something that throwing money at, won’t
necessarily fix. It needs solutions through parents having jobs; kids being
healthy; homes being warm and families being committed to the best educational
outcomes possible. It needs people who can influence those areas being engaged
so they happen.
The Chair of ACC reported to
the Transport and Industrial Relations committee last week that ACC’s equity
position worsened from negative $108 million on 30 June 2014, to negative $600
million by 31 December 2014. And then in January this year, for reasons beyond
ACC’s control, the asset base diminished by $4 billion and then bounced back by
$2 billion in February.
Due to this short term
volatility in both the asset value and the outstanding claims liability, the
government’ s approach is that a longer view is essential when it comes to levy
In the National-led Government, New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young is Chair of the Transport & Industrial Relations Committee, Regional Development & Infrastructure Caucus Commmittee and the Cross Party Group on the Flag Referendum. This website is funded by The Parliamentary Service and authorised by Jonathan Young MP, Cnr Gill & Liardet Streets, New Plymouth