Have your say on na­tional’s poli­cies

Horowhenua Chronicle - - SPORT -

I trust ev­ery­one had an en­joy­able long week­end.

There was plenty hap­pen­ing lo­cally and great to see that Horowhenua Ka¯ piti rugby team will be host­ing the fi­nal against Wairarapa Bush this week­end in Levin. The mar­kets are al­ways popular over

Labour week­end and so is Fox­ton’s Spring Fling.

En­gag­ing with peo­ple is an im­por­tant role as an MP.

I ap­pre­ci­ate hear­ing peo­ple’s views and ideas and if you are in­volved in the Pri­mary Sec­tor I’m keen to hear from you.

The lat­est part of the Na­tional Party Have Your Say process is our sur­vey for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, with the aim of get­ting feed­back to help us de­velop pol­icy for our pri­mary sec­tor by 2020.

I’m go­ing to be spear­head­ing this process in my role as Na­tional’s Spokesper­son for Agri­cul­ture and am look­ing for­ward to read­ing through the sub­mis­sions.

The pri­mary sec­tor con­trib­utes $167 mil­lion to the Horowhenua Ka¯ piti in GDP and is an im­por­tant part of our lo­cal econ­omy. It also pro­vides 1100 jobs through­out the re­gion. Most of this comes from Horowhenua’s strong live­stock and hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try, and Ka¯ piti busi­nesses such as Ka¯ piti Cheeses rely on a strong pri­mary sec­tor for their sup­ply.

This suc­cess is un­der­pinned by sus­tain­able busi­ness prac­tices that con­tinue to en­hance the en­vi­ron­ment for gen­er­a­tions to come.

Most farm­ers and grow­ers I speak to have con­cerns around po­ten­tial Gov­ern­ment poli­cies like em­ploy­ment law re­forms, cli­mate change and en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions, fuel taxes, the slow­down of over­seas in­vest­ment and a wide-rang­ing re­view of the dairy in­dus­try.

If you have an opin­ion on these mat­ters or any sug­ges­tions on how to en­hance ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties head to www.na­tional.org.nz/havey­our­say and fill out the sur­vey.

Cheers.

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