National delivers on environment
MP for Taupo
ONE OF the greatest assets of South Waikato is our natural environment. At the recent mayoral business breakfast, Mayor Neil Sinclair showed images of our stunning district. It makes living in our community so special. It’s the core of our quality of life, our local identity and our competitive advantage. It is one of the things that make me most proud to be Member of Parliament for the South Waikato.
National want to make sure results by reducing emissions, encouraging tree planting and investment in renewable energy.
The scheme is delivering emissions reductions and we are on track to meet our Kyoto Protocol obligations.
We have embarked on an ambitious programme to better manage our fresh water. Since establishing the Land and Water Forum we have delivered a National Policy Statement on Fresh Water, doubled penalties for non-compliance, introduced regulations for metering water takes and announced a fresh water clean-up fund. The Waikato River benefits directly through this funding. We are investing five times what Labour did to clean up rivers and lakes.
We’ve funded 25,000 homes in two years to convert to clean heating. Eight thousand of these homes are right here in the Waikato region.
We are introducing new laws to control freedom camping and to properly manage the environmental effects of ventures in New Zealand’s vast Exclusive Economic Zone.
We’ve adopted new national environmental standards for air quality but we’re being realistic about the timeframe.
National stands by its record on better environmental management.
We’ve invested $50 million in the New Zealand Cycle Trail. The Waikato River Trails in our own back yard received $3.4 million funding from the New Zealand Cycle Trail Project and I’m looking forward to the official opening in September.
New Zealanders care deeply about the future of their communities and their country.
For more information please phone the electorate office on 07 886 5554.govt.nz.