Row­ing champs were great for NZ

South Waikato News - - OPINION - By LOUISE UP­STON

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

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