JOE KAIRAU

Seven can­di­dates are stand­ing for Par­lia­ment in the Tuk­i­tuki elec­torate. We asked each what they be­lieved were the big­gest chal­lenges fac­ing the elec­torate and what they would do to ad­dress th­ese if they are elected on Septem­ber 23.

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New Zealand First

Restor­ing a sense of op­ti­mism in our fu­ture is the great­est chal­lenge fac­ing cen­tral and lo­cal gov­ern­ment lead­ers. NZ is fast be­com­ing a deeply di­vided coun­try where hope and se­cu­rity is slid­ing back­ward. Poor stew­ard­ship has led to town set against coun­try, mil­len­ni­als ver­sus baby-boomers, profit ver­sus peo­ple and Maori ver­sus pakeha. It is a sad in­dict­ment on us all when beg­gars take to our streets and our chil­dren fall vic­tim to hunger and pre­ventable dis­eases like asthma, bron­chi­tis and pneu­mo­nia.

If cho­sen to rep­re­sent the Tuk­i­tuki elec­torate, I will work hard to im­ple­ment New Zealand First poli­cies. Each one is de­signed for no other pur­pose than to re­build our coun­try. Us­ing our peo­ple and our as­sets to re­gain our place as a world eco­nomic and so­cial leader. Ki­wis are sim­ple folk who want no more than an af­ford­able dry house, a health care sys­tem that will sup­port us well when we are not, a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in a chang­ing world for our kids and jobs that pro­vide dig­nity and a de­cent wage for a de­cent day’s work.

Mass im­mi­gra­tion and con­trol of our as­sets by coun­tries other than our own is a stum­bling block to real in­de­pen­dence and se­cu­rity. Only when our lead­ers re­move their heads from the sands of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, smug­ness, ar­ro­gance and in­dif­fer­ence will we have any chance of turn­ing back the clock and restor­ing faith in our lead­ers that av­er­age Ki­wis’ so des­per­ately want and need.

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