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Message from Hon Scott Simpson MP for Coromandel

The cooler weather usually signals the end of our peak tourism season, but it’s been terrific to see so many people making the most of the autumn shoulder months.
 |  Scott Simpson  | 

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. There’s always a dedicated team working behind the scenes ensuring things go smoothly. Well done and thank you, your efforts don’t go unnoticed.

In politics, the Government has announced our Action Plan for the next quarter. It takes a similar approach to our 100 Day Plan and sets out 36 policy points which we will achieve by 30 June. A clear direction maintains the momentum needed to deliver the changes that New Zealanders expect us to make.

On top of the work that we’ve already done, over the next few months we will take meaningful steps to rebuild the economy, restore law and order, and deliver better public services.

With households struggling with the cost of living, we know that every bit counts. It’s why we are determined to cut wasteful spending and let New Zealanders keep more of their hard-earned money. As a start, we’ve announced our FamilyBoost policy which means families earning up to $180,000 can receive up to $75 per week to help with early childhood education expenses. Additional support, like income tax relief, will be announced when we deliver the Budget in May.

I’m still getting questions from people about why it’s taking the Department of Conservation so long to get the Cathedral Cove track reopened. Yes, DoC has been incredibly slow in progressing this, but new Conservation Minister Tama Potaka has made his expectations very clear by insisting DoC officials have their plan for a re-opening of the track for the coming summer on his desk by June. If NZTA could get SH25A fixed ahead of their projected timeframe and under budget, there’s absolutely no reason why DoC can’t get the Cathedral Cove track open again for this summer.

Finally, on a different note, Anzac Day is coming up and I’m sure the services across the country will be well attended. I’m planning on being at the Whitianga and Matarangi services. It’s a time to pay our respects to the fallen and to remember the service provided by so many. Lest we forget.