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South Taranaki Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JANE MATTHEWS

Steph Lewis, Labour Party can­di­date:

Taranaki has the low­est rate of GPs per per­son in the coun­try. Labour’s pri­mary care pol­icy will ben­e­fit Taranaki by boost­ing the num­ber of GP train­ing places, and re­duc­ing the cost of GP vis­its by $10.

We must do more to cre­ate re­gional jobs, but not at the ex­pense of our en­vi­ron­ment - the seabed min­ing pro­posal would cause se­ri­ous harm to our en­vi­ron­ment.

I want to en­sure we can all live with dig­nity and we all share in pros­per­ity. That means get­ting the ba­sics right, such as bet­ter ac­cess to health care, more jobs, and free ed­u­ca­tion. This is our op­por­tu­nity to build a bet­ter, fairer fu­ture for New Zealand. Let’s do this!

Harete Hi­pango, Na­tional Party can­di­date:

With half a mil­lion cows in Taranaki, dairy­ing is crit­i­cal to our econ­omy, giv­ing us the high­est per-capita GDP in New Zealand. Na­tional’s poli­cies not to in­tro­duce a ‘fart tax’, not im­pose a tax on wa­ter us­age, and not in­tro­duce a cap­i­tal gains tax on farms will best serve Taranaki.

I am con­cerned that TTR is want­ing to trial un­tried tech­nol­ogy on our coast­line. I am not con­vinced that min­ing won’t detri­men­tally af­fect our marine en­vi­ron­ment.

I was born and raised in this elec­torate and have worked in busi­ness, health, jus­tice and com­mu­nity ar­eas for more than 25 years. I know it’s im­por­tant to pro­vide jobs and a pros­per­ous fu­ture for this re­gion.

Ni­cola Pa­trick, Green Party can­di­date:

In­tro­duc­ing a taonga levy of $18 at the bor­der for in­ter­na­tional tourists to con­trib­ute to con­ser­va­tion in NZ will help Taranaki grow its bur­geon­ing eco-tourism. The Green Party pro­poses to dou­ble the num­ber of on-the­ground con­ser­va­tion rangers and prop­erly fund the pest-free goal.

Seabed min­ing is highly de­struc­tive - it is an ex­am­ple of di­nosaur think­ing. This area is home to blue whales and has po­ten­tial for eco-tourism.

My back­ground is broad and well-rounded with qual­i­fi­ca­tions. I’ve worked for DOC, and now work for iwi, and am an elected re­gional coun­cil­lor on Hori­zons. I’m seek­ing your party vote for ac­tion on cli­mate change, healthy rivers and end­ing child poverty in New Zealand.

Howie Ta­mati, Ma¯ ori Party can­di­date for Te Tai Haua¯ uru:

Sui­cide is a se­ri­ous is­sue in Taranaki, par­tic­u­larly among our ran­gatahi. The Ma¯ ori Party will have coun­sel­lors in all sec­ondary schools, pro­vide kau­papa Ma¯ ori men­tal health res­i­den­tial and com­mu­nity- based pro­grammes, ex­pand a ran­gatahi sui­cide pre­ven­tion strat­egy and re­source wha¯ nau to be equipped to work to­gether and de­velop their own so­lu­tions to sui­cide in both pre­ven­tion, and health pro­mo­tion.

I sup­port our South Taranaki iwi in op­po­si­tion to seabed min­ing. Any ac­tiv­ity should not come at a cost of the mauri of our moana and the mana of our peo­ple.

Liv­ing as Ma¯ ori in this coun­try is still a strug­gle - for many it’s a fight. I am stand­ing for Par­lia­ment to work with oth­ers to build bet­ter fu­tures.

Labour Party: Steph Lewis

Na­tional Party: Harete Hi­pango.

Green Party: Ni­cola Pa­trick.

Ma¯ori Party: Howie Ta­mati.

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