Opposition a ‘‘learning curve’’ for King
Northland National MP Matt King is determined to fight for the region despite his party becoming the opposition.
King says he’s taken in his stride the news of Winston Peters’ decision to team up with Labour after weeks of negotiating. Being on the opposition will be ‘‘a learning curve’’, he says. ‘‘It will make me a better, more rounded politician in the long term. I’m taking the positive out of it.’’
King says he will ‘‘encourage the new Government to honour the current infrastructure projects that we’ve started’’ including upgrading bridges, broadband, and the motorway extension from Auckland to Warkworth. But he is concerned how things will pan out, and it’s likely some big projects National were undertaking, will now be shelved.
‘‘I am concerned about the future direction of the country, and where we’re headed. It’s a big unknown. What they [Labour] signalled in their campaign was not good. For example, your average truck driver or factory worker is going to lose their $1000 tax cuts. That money will be used to pay for free education for students.’’
King, from Okaihau, is a farmer, business owner and former detective and fraud investigator. The first-time National candidate
‘‘It will make me a better, more rounded politician...I'm taking the positive out of it.’’
took the Northland seat off NZ First leader Winston Peters in the September 23 general election with 15,240 votes - a 1386 majority.
King congratulated Jacinda Ardern, and recognised Bill English ‘‘who ran such a good campaign’’. The National list MP says it will be interesting having 56 MPs in opposition, which will be ‘‘the strongest opposition the country has ever seen’’.
‘‘We’ve got some serious talent. They [the Government] are going to be held to account. National has left them with a very healthy, positive, successful country. We have had quite a sustained period of growth and success, low interest rates, low inflation and improving growth.’’
King’s new office is set to open mid November at the former Lumino Dentist building on Kerikeri Rd. King says he will fight to get a good deal for Northland. ‘‘I’m 100 per cent committed to the job. I’m motivated and hungry, and I’ve worked so hard to get here.’’
Northland MP Matt King is positive about his party’s opposition role.