Waikato MPLind­say Tisch

Matamata Chronicle - - Happy New Year -

As we draw to the end of the year it is only nat­u­ral to re­flect on the past year and look for­ward to the new year’s op­por­tu­ni­ties.

It was heart­en­ing for me at the gen­eral elec­tion to re­ceive the largest per­sonal majority of my par­lia­men­tary ca­reer, but more im­por­tantly, it was a real de­light to see a Na­tional-led gov­ern­ment re­elected so that we can con­tinue to bring poli­cies for­ward that im­prove the lives of all New Zealan­ders.

One of those poli­cies that will ben­e­fit our elec­torate is the free trade agree­ment with the Repub­lic of Korea. With tar­iffs up to high as high as 43 per cent on some prod­ucts the re­moval of th­ese bar­ri­ers for our ex­porters over the next few years will make a more level play­ing field.

When the Prime Min­is­ter vis­ited the elec­torate in the lead up to the elec­tion it was great to hear him an­nounce the Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment for UHF broad­band roll-out to the Mata­mata, Te Aroha and Mor­rinsville area. This will be another pos­i­tive op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal busi­nesses as they work to keep their com­pet­i­tive edge.

The progress on the Waikato Ex­press­way is heart­en­ing to see and al­ready we are trav­el­ling on some of the com­pleted sec­tions. With the com­ple­tion date on track this will soon bring ben­e­fits to the whole re­gion as the move­ment of ve­hi­cles be­comes more stream­lined.

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