The challenge is to sustain growth
and Balclutha. In addition, a yetto-be-announced location in Southland will soon have a 24/7 police presence.
We have allowed 48,000 children in Otago and Southland to benefit from free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13. Furthermore, 3100 more Otago/Southland patients a year received elective operations than in 2008. 49,000 60 to 74-year-olds in Otago and Southland will be eligible for our bowel screening programme, which is being rolled out across NZ to help prevent some of around 1200 deaths each year.
This election is about two questions for voters to consider. Do you want New Zealand to keep going up the right path of strong, steady growth? Or to venture down into the unknown?
Labour seems to be announcing a new tax every second day at the moment. The most recent tax, a water tax for industries they don’t like such as farming, will devastate our rural communities. Our primary industry sector is the back bone of New Zealand and contributes significant economic gains to New Zealand. Do you want to continue up the same path of strong growth? Or risk it for a number of new taxes you don’t know anything about that has the potential to destroy our rural communities?
Hamish Walker is the National candidate for Clutha-Southland
Hamish Walker is standing for National in Clutha-Southland.