The chal­lenge is to sus­tain growth

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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.

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