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Chal­lenges fac­ing the Tuk­i­tuki elec­torate are all solv­able if we main­tain our strong eco­nomic mo­men­tum. Re­gard­less of peo­ple’s po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions, it is hard to ig­nore the fact that the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment has done a great job in get­ting New Zealand through the global re­ces­sion and the Christchurch and Kaik­oura earth­quakes in such good fi­nan­cial shape. We have a thriv­ing econ­omy, strong job growth and sig­nif­i­cant tax cuts from next April if Na­tional is re­elected. My lo­cal pri­or­i­ties if elected are: ‘P’ is a scourge on so­ci­ety and we need to de­clare war on it. Na­tional has just an­nounced an $86m pack­age to tackle gang and or­gan­ised crime and ex­tra re­sources for ad­dic­tion ser­vices.

Hous­ing: We sim­ply need to build more houses. This will in­volve coun­cils, cen­tral gov­ern­ment and pri­vate de­vel­op­ers. Na­tional has com­mit­ted to 6000 new state houses over the next three years. I am hope­ful Hast­ings will re­ceive around 100 of th­ese from next year.

Wa­ter: A way for­ward to ad­dress all things wa­ter; en­sur­ing we have safe drink­ing wa­ter, pro­vid­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly wa­ter stor­age so­lu­tions to man­age cli­mate change and pro­tect­ing our most pre­cious re­source for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. I will fight the cur­rent Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Or­der and Labour’s un­fair wa­ter tax.

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