Kaye poised for close con­test

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - ROSE DAVIS

Na­tional’s Auck­land Cen­tral MP Nikki Kaye de­scribes her­self as a com­pas­sion­ate per­son.

The 37-year-old was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer late last year, but has now re­cov­ered her health and learned from the ‘‘ter­ri­ble’’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘When you stare death down, ev­ery­thing comes into fo­cus. I’m a bet­ter min­is­ter and a bet­ter MP - I’m more fo­cussed on de­liv­er­ing be­cause I don’t think there will al­ways be a to­mor­row. I was a com­pas­sion­ate per­son be­fore, but I’m more com­pas­sion­ate now be­cause I have a high an­tenna for the pain of other peo­ple,’’ Kaye said.

She is pleased the gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing more fund­ing for hous­ing and sup­port for home­less peo­ple.

‘‘There have al­ways been rough sleep­ers in cen­tral Auck­land, but the hous­ing sit­u­a­tion has meant there has been ab­so­lute pres­sure and more peo­ple have been rough sleep­ers since I first be­came an MP. It’s some­thing for which we have to do more.’’

The Na­tional gov­ern­ment’s cre­ation of the Su­percity in 2010 has al­lowed an Auck­land Uni­tary Plan to be de­vel­oped that en­ables hun­dreds of thou­sands more houses to be built, she said.

‘‘We’ve priced out a gen­er­a­tion of hous­ing, be­cause we haven’t had the space to go ei­ther out or up. I’ve been do­ing a huge amount lo­cally to try to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion.’’

Im­mi­gra­tion needs to con­tinue to pro­vide enough work­ers for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try to build af­ford­able hous­ing, Kaye said. Re­forms of the Re­source Man­age­ment Act are also needed to stop ’’un­wieldy re­source con­sent pro­cesses’’ and al­low hous­ing to be built quickly.

She sup­ports the gov­ern­ment’s plans for a recre­ational fish­ing park in the Hau­raki Gulf, and is ‘‘not op­posed’’ to pro­pos­als for ma­rine re­serves around Wai­heke.

Kaye does not sup­port Our Wai­heke’s at­tempt to break away from Auck­land Coun­cil, be­cause of con­cerns about the fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity of a Wai­heke coun­cil.

As Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter for Youth, she is proud to see a $40 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment about to be­gin at Wai­heke High School and Te Hu­ruhi Pri­mary.

Kaye has a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in ge­net­ics and a law de­gree from Otago Univer­sity and has worked in pol­icy and project man­age­ment.

She was the first Na­tional MP to win the tra­di­tion­ally left-wing Auck­land Cen­tral elec­torate in 2008. ‘‘It’s al­ways a tough fight.’’

Kaye lives in Pon­sonby and en­joys sports, walk­ing, fish­ing, camp­ing and read­ing bi­ogra­phies.

Nikki Kaye says im­mi­gra­tion and eas­ier re­source con­sent pro­cesses will help pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing. ROSE DAVIS/STUFF

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