Kaye plans to work on pledges
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.