I was elected MP for Hunua in 2014. In 2020 the Hunua Electorate will cease to exist.
At the General Election in September it will be replaced by the newly redrawn Port Waikato electorate after the Representation Commission confirmed boundary changes in April.
Hunua loses almost two-thirds of its area to the Papakura seat and the new electorate of Takanini.
Gone to Papakura are Beachlands, Whitford, Kawakawa Bay, Orere Point, Clevedon, Hunua, Ararimu, Ramarama and Bombay while Flat Bush and Mission Heights go to Takanini.
The redrawn Port Waikato retains Pukekohe, Waiuku, Clarks Beach, Glenbrook and Awhitu and picks up a large chunk of the Waikato electorate, including Tuakau, Onewhero, Port Waikato, Pukekawa, Glen Murray, Pokeno, Mangatawhiri, Maramarua, Mercer, Meremere, Te Kauwhata, Rangiriri, Naike, Waikeratu down to Te Akau.
I’m really excited about representing the new electorate and the more I drive around and get to know the area, the more it reinforces this view.
I am increasingly aware of what a great mix of people make up this electorate and the amazing diversity of its businesses and community groups.
Communities in the electorate are growing and it is vitally important that this growth is managed. It needs to be responsible growth that occurs 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 we can all feel comfortable with.
As your MP, I will champion:
- Getting the infrastructure we deserve. I am working hard to make sure we get the improved road and train links we are entitled to.
- Supporting our growers and farmers and the equestrian industry. These industries are significant and the lifeblood of our communities. As someone who grew up on a farm, I understand rural communities and I will be a forceful and knowledgeable advocate to protect these industries.
- Making sure good education and health services are delivered locally. The electorate is home to a growing number of young families so it’s vital its education system works well and children are well-supported. And easy access to good health services is essential - I will push to protect and expand these services over time.
- Creating communities where our businesses can thrive. As a former director of an economic development agency, I know a key ingredient to creating new jobs is having great communities. Business owners will contemplate relocating or establishing new businesses in areas which are good for their families – and have access to great infrastructure.
As your MP, I will draw on my experience in farming and business – and as a seasoned Parliamentarian – to be a strong voice for Port Waikato.