It’s been another packed month with business openings, school visits, and community events. In Parliament, it's been a full schedule consisting of two conscience votes on abortion reform and euthanasia, Select Committee considerations into Ihumātao, and party policy development for the 2020 election.
Many of you will be pleased to know that remedial works have finally started on the Northcote Pt Ferry Wharf. According to AT, the wharf is planned for reopening in December, ahead of previously scheduled early 2020. I know many of you have been frustrated with AT’s inability to delivery services locally and the Northcote Point Ferry Wharf is a perfect example of this, being closed for well over a year now.
NZTA has organised local information sessions for the Harbour Bridge Shared Path project. I’m really supportive of this project as I believe it will bring tremendous value to our community. I’ve already met with NZTA officials to relay locals concerns raised with me; that the project needs to link with Seapath, that provision for parking needs to be made away from Northcote Point (e.g. down at Stafford Park), and that Point houses most impacted are given certainty over the future of their property.
NZTA have organised two more local information sessions for residents:
Tuesday 20 August 3.45 - 5.45pm
Northcote War Memorial Hall
2 Rodney Rd, Northcote Pt
Tuesday 20 August 7 - 9pm
Glenfield Community Centre
Cnr Bentley Ave & Glenfield Rd, Glenfield
We're fortunate to have some amazing restaurants, cafes, and eateries in the Northcote electorate. Every type of food you can imagine is right here on our doorstep; Italian, French, Malaysian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Turkish, Indian, Dutch, Thai, English pub food, and Kiwi food too.
This epitomises the diversity and entrepreneurial spirit of our community. This coming month I’m highlighting a small number throughout our area.
First up is the newly established General Public in the heart of Beach Haven. General Public is filling a gap in Beach Haven and it's great seeing Nick Mcintyre, the Owner, step up and serve his community.
Reforms to Vocational Education
This Labour-led Government recently announced an overhaul of New Zealand’s vocational education and training system, centralising polytechs like Unitec and MIT into a large Wellington-like bureaucratic body, and scrapping Industry Training Organisations.
This transformation will cut thousands of jobs and could be the final nail in the coffin for many of our training institutions. It's a huge step backwards for industry training, especially with the construction sector crying out for apprentices. Worse still, it’s not clear what problem the government is trying to solve beyond simply pushing their centralisation and command-and-control style ideology on our education system.
National believes in empowering regions and local communities to tailor polytechnics to their needs and in tune with the private sector.
I have a Private Member's Bill in the Ballot to boost apprenticeship promotion in our schools. My Bill would pave way for students to receive private sector-led opportunities to get ahead and ease worker shortages in industry, as with my butchery apprenticeship which empowered me to succeed. This government would be wise to take up my Member’s Bill as part of their reforms.
I warmly invite you to two upcoming events locally:
Special screening of 'Downton Abbey'
Join us for a special screening of 'Downton Abbey'. Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globes, 15 Emmys, and 69 Emmy nominations. You can watch the film trailer HERE.
When: Sunday 22 Sept, 6:00pm
Where: Bridgeway Theatre, Queen St, Northcote Pt
Tickets: $30pp or $25pp for ages 60+. Price includes drink on entry, cheese and crackers.
Please pay by internet banking:
02-0112-0064199-00 - your name as the ref
RSVP: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Northcote SuperBlues with Hon Paul Goldsmith MP
When: Friday 30 Aug, 10:30am
Where: Northcote Bowling Club, 11 Council Tce, Little Shoal Bay
Guest Speaker: Hon Paul Goldsmith MP, National Finance Spokesperson
Tickets: $5pp incl. morning tea (please pay cash on the day)
RSVP for catering purposes: email email@example.com by 28 Aug
National Party Conference
Last month National's Annual Conference took place in Christchurch at the recently refurbished Town Hall. It was great sending our packed Northcote delegation to join the wider 600+ audience from across the country.
At the Conference we discussed policy on a range of topics and talked through strategy heading into the next general election. Leader Simon Bridges gave an aspirational speech and announced, if elected, that we would establish a National Cancer Agency and boost funding for cancer drugs by $200 million over a four-year period.
In the coming weeks I'll be circulating National's key policy message launched at the Conference, Our Bottom Line: You, and I look forward to receiving any feedback you may have.
I'm always available to discuss any issue with you - feel free to phone me on 419 8021 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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