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Message from Hon Scott Simpson

We’re working to ease the cost of living and this month several initiatives come into effect. One is the Family Boost policy already underway. This package allows eligible families to claim up to $150 per fortnight for childcare costs. Another positive change will kick in from 31 July when income tax thresholds will shift, meaning average income households will receive tax relief of up to $102 per fortnight. Every bit counts for households struggling to get ahead and we take the view that you know better how to spend your money than governments do. The coalition Government also announced...

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Funding confirmed to reopen walking track at Cathedral Cove

The damaged track leading down to Cathedral Cove. Photo credit DOC “I’m delighted that Conservation Minister Tama Potaka has underpinned his intention to get the walking track at Cathedral Cove reopened by this coming summer.” “As part of a wider funding package, the Department of Conservation has been allocated $5m to plan, build, reopen and maintain an overland track as part of continued recovery work from Cyclone Gabrielle damage.” “This funding is supported by the International Visitor Levy and ensures that New Zealanders, as well as tourists, can experience our natural beauty.” “While...

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Message from Hon Scott Simpson

MP For Coromandel We campaigned on this policy because hardworking Kiwis deserve to keep more of what they earn, especially as households across the Coromandel and the wider country have been battling the cost of living. When I meet with people in our communities, conversation quickly turns to the struggle local businesses are facing to stay afloat, the pressure on families to pay their weekly bills, and the feeling that it is harder to get ahead. Our tax package targets relief to low and middle-income households. Families with young children are set to benefit most. It gives average income...

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Our MP out & about

Scott Simpson MP and Cherie Staples, President of Hauraki JP’s Assoc, present Noel (centre) with his 30 years achievement award as a Justice of the Peace. Speaking at Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club Our MP Scott Simpson spoke at a sponsors early breakfast organised and hosted by the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club last Thursday. Scott introduced himself as part of the large clan of Simpsons of Simpson’s Beach but his main focus was on the state of the Hauraki Gulf waters and the coming legislation soon to be tackled in Parliament. He acknowledged that the Game  Fishing Club has written a submission...

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Responsible budget and welcome tax package

No doubt we’ll see a sensible approach taken to get the books back in order, stop wasteful spending, and prioritise funding for frontline services. It’s always important to remember that every dollar we take from a taxpayer is a dollar that needs to be spent with care. While most of the funding announcements will be made on Budget Day, Finance Minister Nicola Willis has confirmed that we’re delivering an affordable and responsible tax package to hard-pressed families. In my opinion, this will be welcomed by households across the country, because it’s been 14 years since income tax thresholds...

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Message from Hon Scott Simpson MP for Coromandel

It seems like every week there’s been an event to be enjoyed and which brings people to our region. We’ve had hundreds of boats competing in a fishing tournament, a convoy of classic cars cruising through our towns for Beach Hop, and people just wanting to relax over the Easter break. To top it off, A Taste of Matarangi was another outstanding success this year. Our Coromandel has proven once again that it’s the place to be. A huge shout out to all the volunteers who have played a part in making these events possible. An event, no matter how large or small, doesn’t organise and run itself....

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Message from Hon Scott Simpson

It’s also great to hear that Chorus are expanding the country’s fibre network and the Coromandel electorate is set to receive a substantial portion of this latest programme. It means more of our communities will have access to fast and reliable broadband, which has become essential to modern life. It’s going to take 12 or 18 months before the work is completed but more than 2,000 local homes and businesses across Pauanui, Wharekaho, Kuaotunu, Te Mata, Onemana, Little Bay, Opoutere, Kerepehi, and Whiritoa will benefit from this investment. In Parliament, we’ve recently concluded four consecutive...

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Message from Hon Scott Simpson – MP For Coromandel

The damage done to local housing, roads, small businesses and to our daily lives has left a lasting mark on so many people. Sometimes the worst of situations brings out the best in people and communities. There was a lot of that during last year’s weather crisis turmoil. Looking back now, for me it is one of the most enduring memories as I saw so many examples of people, neighbours and communities working together to help each other out at a time of great need. In terms of politics, the parliamentary year is well underway and we’ve been making our way through our 100 Day Plan. This month...

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