Targeting the services that matter to all
We are now more than halfway through the year and it’s school holiday time. I’m looking forward to a two-week recess from Parliament and being in the electorate, where there are lots of events, and I’m looking forward to some family time.
This week I’d like to talk about public services. Delivering better public services to New Zealanders within tight financial constraints is one of the National-led Government’s key priorities this term. That’s why the Prime Minister announced specific targets this week; part of our plan to build a brighter future for you and your family.
We’ve outlined 10 challenging results and their related targets to get further traction on difficult issues such as reducing crime, longterm welfare dependency, and education underachievement. Some of these targets are very aspirational; in fact, some of them will be extremely difficult and demanding to achieve.
Over the next five years we aim to reduce the number of people on working-age benefit for more than 12 months by 30 per cent, or more than 20,000 people; reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever by two-thirds; and reduce violent crime by 20 per cent.
We’ve already seen some good progress, which gives us some confidence about achieving better results. In the justice sector, where justice, corrections and police are working together, we can see effects already. We have declining crime rates, and by the end of this year we’ll be closing prisons; that will be a significant saving.
The National-led Government makes no apology for having high expectations in wanting New Zealanders to get the best out of their public services.
These changes are about setting specific and measurable targets to get results from the services that matter most to you and your family.
These changes are a big shift towards better results that matter to New Zealanders. We are delivering on our promises.
Over the past fortnight I have met a number of school principals, in South Waikato and across the electorate. There have been some great discussions and I’m always very grateful for the opportunity to hear their thoughts and feedback on issues, particularly education as I am so passionate about this.
If you would like to share your views with me, request more information or need assistance with an issue, please phone the electorate office on 07 886 5554 or email Upston.sthwaikato @parliament.govt.nz.
GENEROSITY: Freedom Road creator Natasha Wehipeihana-Kaea was overwhelmed with donation of a large mosaic table from Progress to Health’s Tamsin Grant, Audrey Mohi and Valda Tahere. Mrs Wehipeihana- Kaea was overwhelmed with the gift during the handing over ceremony last Friday morning saying the table, which will be placed at Tokoroa YMCA, will be cherished and utilised by the youth of the South Waikato. ‘‘The youth that I work with will love it, it is beautiful,’’ Mrs Wehipeihana-Kaea said.
MP for Taupo