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Message from Hon Scott Simpson

I’m pleased we now have certainty that the Cathedral Cove walking track will reopen for this coming summer. Tama Potaka, the Minister of Conservation, has insisted that DOC have a plan of action on his desk by June, which will include a faster time frame than previously planned. This will be great news for our local tourist operators and businesses. It also means those planning to visit the Coromandel this coming summer can look forward to having walking access to this world-renowned attraction.
 |  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 weeks of House sitting which saw the Coalition Government deliver its 100 Day Plan. Actioning these 49 policy points was a key step toward getting the country back on track. A lot of these points were repealing the worst policies of the previous government. The next 100 days is going to be more about setting out our agenda, our ambitions, and our vision for the country.

We’ve also announced our Policy Statement on transport, which outlines our plan for the country’s transport system over the next 10 years. It’s no secret that decades of underfunding and poor planning have left behind a significant infrastructure deficit. The Coalition Government is committed to addressing this issue and we will be laser-focused on delivering a better transport network for the Coromandel and the rest of New Zealand. To start, we’ve allocated $20 billion over the next 3 years and reinstated our previously successful Roads of National Significance programme.

The draft Government Policy Statement on transport fulfils our campaign promise to establish a Pothole Prevention Fund. Potholes became a talking point around the country when it was revealed that under Labour, the State Highway network needed over 62,000 potholes repaired in 2023 – the highest number in 10 years. We’re focused on maintaining our State Highways and we’ve ring-fenced $500 million over three years to the repair and prevention of potholes.