Rowing champs were great for NZ
The World Rowing Championships were a truly wonderful way to showcase New Zealand as an international sporting host.
There was no better place to enjoy worldclass rowing than Karapiro and it was great to see so many local supporters getting behind our New Zealand rowers.
The National-led Government is working hard to get behind our local communities.
We are boosting rural growth through the growth-enhancing tax system. We have undertaken the largest tax reform in 25 years to encourage saving, investment and exports.
Company tax rates will be reduced to 28 per cent in 2011/2012 and across-the-board personal tax cuts are a positive incentive for growth in our rural communities.
National is also committed to cutting red tape and regulations.
We have simplified and streamlined the Resource Management Act with more reforms under way.
Reforming building regulations to improve building quality and reduce compliance costs will also have a positive impact in rural areas.
The key to any rural community is families. National is improving the essential public services and infrastructure that rural communities rely on.
We have introduced graduate bonding schemes that are providing more vets, teachers, doctors, nurses and midwives in hard-to-staff rural areas.
We have also committed $300 million to a rural broadband initiative to bring fast broadband to rural schools, communities and households.
Infrastructure such as roading, electricity and communication networks has received a $7.5 billion investment to improve our day-to-day living.
National is working hard to encourage innovation and trade. We are investing up to $140 million a year with industry to promote innovation on and off the farm.
Primary Growth Partnerships are currently under way in dairy, sheep and beef, wool, forestry and arable sectors.
Responsible farming and production is a priority for New Zealand. We have allocated $45 million for the Global Research Alliance to increase food production and tackle greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, $50 million over 10 years will go to the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.
MP for Taupo