Kaye plans to work on pledges

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - DIANA WOR­THY

Newly re-elected Auck­land Cen­tral MP Nikki Kaye is vis­it­ing Wai­heke to start work on her pledges, within days of the elec­tion.

Kaye said on Septem­ber 25 she would be vis­it­ing the is­land to­day, Septem­ber 27 to meet with Wai­heke Lo­cal Board chair­man Paul Walden.

She said it would be to dis­cuss lo­cal pri­or­i­ties.

Kaye said they in­cluded en­sur­ing the abil­ity to se­cure ad­di­tional fund­ing for tourism in­fras­truc­ture, en­sur­ing progress over a com­mu­nity pool, get­ting fund­ing to make pock­ets of the is­land pest free, and work­ing with busi­nesses over im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy.

‘‘There will be a group on Wai­heke who may not sup­port Na­tional but they voted for me with their elec­torate vote.

‘‘I take that very se­ri­ously be­cause I un­der­stand they wanted me to de­liver lo­cally,’’ she said.

The MP held a meet­ing with con­cerned is­land hospi­tal­ity own­ers in late June this year about the ef­fects of Na­tional’s im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy on mi­grant worker re­cruit­ment.

She promised to con­tact Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Michael Wood­house.

Kaye said she got a let­ter back from him last week about prog- ress for Wai­heke.

It said im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials would be work­ing with Wai­heke em­ploy­ers and there would be other mea­sures to help re­cruit­ment of mi­grants.

Mean­while, her pledge over tourism in­fras­truc­ture would in­clude ‘‘ev­ery­thing from pub­lic toi­lets to what we’re do­ing at Ma­ti­a­tia’’.

‘‘The strong sense I get from Wai­heke is­lan­ders is to be sure we cre­ate a sus­tain­able path for Wai­heke and un­der­stand what is a rea­son­able amount of tourism.

‘‘I’ll be try­ing to se­cure ad­di­tional fund­ing for Wai­heke so res­i­dents can have bet­ter con­fi­dence in us be­ing able to deal with tourists who come to the is­land.’’

In terms of pest man­age­ment, Kaye said she was aware of a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan- isa­tions that had been work­ing hard on erad­i­ca­tion.

She said part of her com­mit­ment as a lo­cal MP was to ‘‘mas­sively scale that up’’.

Kaye was re-elected af­ter a hard fought con­test against Labour can­di­date He­len White.

The cur­rent mar­gin of 1519 means Kaye’s po­si­tion as elected MP is un­likely to change af­ter spe­cial votes are counted.

Auck­land Cen­tral and Wai­heke MP Nikki Kaye says she’s start­ing work on her pledges. DIANA WOR­THY/STUFF

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