Fletcher: fighting for Rotorua
What an interesting run up to the election.
Thank you to all the people and households who have been so supportive, especially when we have come knocking on the door.
The rain certainly hasn’t helped, but the reception has been wonderful,
It certainly brightened what would otherwise be very gloomy days.
Congratulations to the other candidates who contributed to what always seemed to be fair and well contested public debates.
There seemed to have been consensus among us that housing and poverty are the biggest issue facing Rotorua.
New Zealand First believes that homelessness in particular has been yet another example of the deliberate policies of this government and their support partners which do not work for our poor and even now are making life harder and harder for what we used to call the middle class.
For years NZ First has argued this would happen, the government ignored us.
Even now, apparently we have a ‘‘housing boom’’, not a housing crisis.
It is an indictment upon this government that we have ‘‘working poor’’ and people who cannot afford a mortgage or the rent and so a growing homelessness problem.
New Zealand First has said we need more homes, that much is obvious.
However, both of the other party’s are talking about ambitious home building plans, one talks about 10,000 per year.
Well that might just cover half of the immigration numbers currently coming into NZ right now.
We are the only party that seem to be willing to acknowledge that these kind of numbers are unsustainable and are crushing not just for home ownership and renting, but the access to health care, education and even infrastructure in Rotorua.
If we don’t upgrade some of our roads immediately, we are compromising potential growth opportunities which could mean more jobs.
I have been proud of the work I have been able to do for the people of Rotorua.
I think we are an amazing city and it’s been a true pleasure, with your support I look forward to another three years of advocating for my home town.
Make sure you get out there and vote Rotorua, let’s make the election result a true reflection of the people wishes.’’
New Zealand First list MP Fletcher Tabuteau.