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.

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