Labour, current MP for Napier
There will be campaigns around specific issues that are important at the time, and to which we will find solutions. The biggest medium-to-long term challenge facing the electorate, however, is also one of our greatest opportunities: that is how we attract and encourage the type of economic development that creates well-paying, sustainable employment across our diverse communities.
When businesses invest or relocate or grow and develop in our region, they employ people. Empowering people through meaningful work is immensely valuable. Many of the social ills facing our cities and towns – like homelessness, poverty, drugs and social disengagement – can be managed, if not eliminated, through employment. As your local MP I will continue to work incredibly hard to ensure Napier is seen as one of the most attractive destinations to start and grow a business.
If I am fortunate enough to be a minister in the sixth Labour government I will work with my colleagues to make sure our electorate benefits from increases in health spending, economic development funding, more police, proper education support and environmental protection and rehabilitation. After all, we do live in paradise, however, there are many things we can do better in order to enhance the quality of life for all.