The Hunua Electorate is a patchwork, or nexus, of 14 local communities, each inter-connected but with their own distinct identity.
The area spans from beaches of Awhitu Peninsula, right across Waiuku, Pukekohe, Paparata, Clevedon and right out to Kawakawa Bay and then back over to the fast growing areas of Maraetai and Beachlands, down into Whitford and into the new developments on the edge of Flat Bush. I am really excited about representing the Hunua Electorate and the more I drive around the area, the more it reinforces this view.
I am increasingly becoming aware of what a great mix of people make up this Electorate and the amazing diversity of businesses and community groups.
As MP for Hunua, I would like to see an Electorate that is growing. However, it is vitally important that this growth IS managed – it needs to be responsible growth. This growth should occur where it is appropriate – not on our elite soils – and in areas where it is linked to infrastructure such as water, roads and train services.
With this balance right, we will have a recipe for sustained growth that we can all feel comfortable with.
There are four things that I will champion as your MP:
- We need the infrastructure we deserve. I am going to make sure we get the bus and ferries services and improved road and train links that we are entitled to.
- We need to support our growers and farmers and the equestrian industry. These industries are significant – for example, the Franklin horticulture industry is worth $250m p.a. As someone who has grown up on a farm and is a significant shareholding in a business that supplies compost to many of the growers in the region, I will be a forceful and knowledgeable advocate to protect these industries.
- We need good health services provided locally. We need to ensure we can have easy access to good health services provided locally. I will be a fierce advocate to protect and expand these over time as these services underpin our communities and allow our sick and infirm to continue living amongst us.
- We need to continue to create communities where our businesses can flourish. As a former director of an economic development agency, I know the key ingredient to creating new jobs is actually about having great communities. Business owners will contemplate relocating or establishing new businesses in areas which are – firstly good for their families – and secondly have access to great infrastructure. In essence, vibrant communities that are well connected.
As your MP, I am going to draw on my experiences and senior level contacts that I have built up over the past 25 years to redefine the relationship we have with Auckland Council and to be a strong voice for Hunua, both locally and in a John Key National-led Government.