Fo­cus on get­ting ahead


Last week­end the Na­tional Party Cau­cus got to­gether for our an­nual two-day plan­ning and strat­egy meet­ing in Tau­ranga. This year’s fo­cus was on de­vel­op­ing plans and poli­cies to help New Zealand con­tinue to get ahead; and also build­ing on the sig­nif­i­cant progress we made while in Govern­ment.

We made real in­roads into grow­ing in­comes and pro­vid­ing jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties; tack­ling child poverty; and en­sur­ing New Zealan­ders are health­ier and bet­ter ed­u­cated.

We also left our en­vi­ron­ment bet­ter pro­tected and our com­mu­ni­ties safer and more en­joy­able places to be.

But there is more to do, and that was the fo­cus of our week­end catch-up.

I am look­ing for­ward to my roles as Op­po­si­tion Spokesper­son for both Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs and for Se­niors this term.

They are both im­por­tant and sig­nif­i­cant port­fo­lios.

Se­niors en­com­passes a di­verse range of is­sues in­clud­ing re­tire­ment in­come, em­ploy­ment, hous­ing, trans­port, com­mu­nity ser­vices and the rights and in­ter­ests of our older and re­tired New Zealan­ders.

Vet­eran’s Af­fairs strate­gic fo­cus en­com­passes hon­our­ing the ser­vice of all vet­er­ans, gen­er­at­ing a sus­tain­able work force and look­ing af­ter that work­force; and li­ais­ing with other Govern­ment agen­cies where nec­es­sary to im­prove the lives of vet­er­ans.

I am re­ally de­lighted to be work­ing in both the Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs and the Se­niors’ space. I am look­ing for­ward to the year ahead.

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