Maori MP opens new Tok of­fice

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Un­til now Te Tai Hauauru Maori Elec­torate MP Adrian Ru­rawhe has had to share of­fices with var­i­ous col­leagues so open­ing his very own in Toko­roa has un­der­stand­ably ex­cited him.

The Wan­ganui based Labour politi­cian said it has been a long time com­ing.

‘‘It is part of my elec­torate that has really been left out due to the huge area it cov­ers. We have had to spread spend­ing out and I am really keen to fi­nally be get­ting an of­fice there,’’ he said.

‘‘We have leased an of­fice space in Man­ner­ing St which has taken a lot longer than ex­pected to fit out be­cause builders are so busy in Toko­roa. I guess it is a good thing really.

Ru­rawhe said he has em­ployed a lo­cal woman to help run the of­fice which is ex­pected to open in Au­gust.

‘‘There are a num­ber of func­tions re­quired of a good MP and part of that is to help give as­sis­tance where it is re­quired so the of­fice will be open to all and will be a place peo­ple will know they can come and be heard, ‘‘he said.

He said it would also be an op­por­tu­nity to boost his pro­file in the South Waikato.

‘‘I vis­ited dif­fer­ent places in the South Waikato a few months back and was amazed by how many peo­ple spoke about the pres­sures of hous­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘New Zealand’s hous­ing cri­sis has meant most peo­ple are mov­ing south out of places like Hamil­ton and it is hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on avail­able hous­ing lo­cally. There are a num­ber of hous­ing is­sues my staff are hav­ing to deal with in­clud­ing find­ing ap­pro­pri­ate houses for peo­ple to live.’’

He said he also hopes to ad­dress dif­fi­cul­ties caused by the lack of ad­e­quate lo­cal heath ser­vices.

‘‘We have to look at bet­ter trans­port op­tions for those liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas that need to go to Hamil­ton for ap­point­ments and op­er­a­tions and I will be look­ing into this,’’ he said.

‘‘Hav­ing an ambulance at the bot­tom of the hill is not good for the long term health and well­be­ing of the com­mu­nity. If you put in­vest­ment into pri­mary health care and health pro­mo­tion it saves a lot of money in the long term.’’

Te Tai Hauauru Maori Elec­torate MP Adrian Ru­rawhe is open­ing an of­fice in Toko­roa.

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