They explain why to tick their name
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.