Government de­liv­er­ing on its prom­ises

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION - By LOUISE UP­STON

MP for Taupo

It’s that time of year again, Christ­mas is just around the cor­ner. Time has really flown by and it’s time to re­flect on the year that was and cel­e­brate the many achieve­ments and suc­cesses here in South Waikato, the wider Taupo elec­torate, and across the coun­try.

As we head to­wards Christ­mas it is timely to re­flect on our achieve­ments in the past year and look ahead.

The Government has been get­ting on with its clear plan to take New Zealand for­ward. We’re build­ing a more com­pet­i­tive and pro­duc­tive econ­omy, re­spon­si­bly man­ag­ing the government’s fi­nances, de­liv­er­ing bet­ter pub­lic ser­vices, and re­build­ing Christchurch.

We’re do­ing what we said we would do and we are see­ing re­sults.

Our econ­omy is grow­ing at 2.6 per cent – bet­ter than many other devel­oped coun­tries.

We’ve started a process to sell mi­nor­ity stakes in four sta­te­owned en­ergy com­pa­nies to fund vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture – such as schools and hos­pi­tals – with­out bor­row­ing more on frag­ile overseas mar­kets.

We’re in­vest­ing more in re­search and in­no­va­tion and bet­ter link­ing the lab to the mar­ket­place. At the same time our Busi­ness Growth Agenda is help­ing busi­nesses get on with the job of com­pet­ing glob­ally.

Na­tional is de­liv­er­ing bet­ter pub­lic ser­vices and fo­cus­ing on re­sults – such as re­duc­ing crime, long-term wel­fare de­pen­dency, and ed­u­ca­tional un­der­achieve­ment – while sup­port­ing fam­i­lies in need. More doc­tors and nurses are treat­ing our sick. Our district health boards have upped their game in striv­ing to meet the six health tar­gets we set to im­prove ser­vices.

We’re lift­ing ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ment through Na­tional Stan­dards, boost­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion, and build­ing a skilled work­force. I would like to wish you all a safe, re­lax­ing and happy Christ­mas and New Year. The South Waikato elec­torate of­fice will closed from Christ­mas day and re­open on Mon­day Jan­uary 14.

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