Ran­gi­tikei MP thanks con­stituents

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - IAN MCKELVIE MP

Thank you Ran­gi­tikei.

Thank you for giv­ing me an­other three years of your sup­port.

It is not some­thing I take for granted and I will con­tinue to work hard to de­liver for you, for the many and di­verse com­mu­ni­ties in our re­gion, and for ru­ral and pro­vin­cial New Zealand.

Whether or not you gave me your vote on Sat­ur­day, it is my priv­i­lege to serve as your Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for the next three years.

It has been an amaz­ing elec­tion cam­paign and this is a great re­sult for Na­tional.

Nearly half of the coun­try voted Na­tional, which in an MMP en­vi­ron­ment is a strong en­dorse­ment of the di­rec­tion New Zealand is tak­ing.

I am very sorry the Maori Party did not win any seats.

I have thor­oughly en­joyed work­ing with them over the past six years and their con­tri­bu­tion to New Zealand over the past nine years has been sig­nif­i­cant.

I be­lieve un­der MMP spe­cial in­ter­est par­ties should fo­cus on what they stand for and try to find a place in Gov­ern­ment whether it is right or left-led.

I think more than most other par­ties, the Maori party demon­strated an un­der­stand­ing and a will­ing­ness to do this.

I am sad that many of their sup­port­ers failed to see the ben­e­fit of be­ing in Gov­ern­ment in or­der to ef­fect real change.

The elec­tion has helped fo­cus ev­ery­one on what this coun­try wants to achieve.

We want to build on the eco­nomic di­rec­tion this coun­try is tak­ing, which is the foun­da­tion of so much of our suc­cess.

We have put our­selves in a po­si­tion where we can achieve sus­tained eco­nomic suc­cess.

And that’s im­por­tant be­cause hav­ing a strong econ­omy means we can make fur­ther progress on some of our most chal­leng­ing, long-term is­sues – re­duc­ing poverty, sup­port­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

Un­til a new Gov­ern­ment is formed, we will run a re­spon­si­ble and sta­ble ad­min­is­tra­tion abid­ing by the usual caretaker con­ven­tions.

The busi­ness of gov­ern­ment will not grind to a halt. We are able to deal with any press­ing is­sues that arise over the com­ing weeks.

We do not need to rush this process but, equally, there is no greater pri­or­ity right now than de­liv­er­ing a strong Gov­ern­ment to take New Zealand for­ward.

Thank you again for your sup­port.

My of­fices in Mar­ton, Feild­ing and Tau­marunui are open for busi­ness.

Please con­tact me if you re­quire any as­sis­tance.


Ian Mckelvie

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