Bridges Brief - April 2021

We were lucky to have glorious weather over our recent long weekend, and whether you stayed in Tauranga and experienced the incredible musicians show cased at the Tauranga Jazz Festival or you took the opportunity to travel, I hope you had a wonderful Easter.

Out and About

I enjoyed hosting a stand at the Mount market a couple of weeks back for the first time this year. It’s a great wee market which Mounties really get behind.

I also held constituent clinics at the Greerton Library and my office in town as part of my fresh work programme for this term. I’ll be holding three constituent clinics each month at these locations.

On top of this, I hosted my first ‘meet and greet’ event for the year with Tauranga tertiary students and young professionals. With the new Waikato University in town and more and more young professionals being attracted to Tauranga, it’s been great hearing their concerns and vision for our community.

Local issues

Last week I held my first public meeting of the year at the Citizens’ Club on the important and much debated topic of housing. I briefly outlined my take on the issue, including why the Government’s recent announcement won’t actually improve the situation, and fielded many questions from concerned constituents.

I share many of my constituents’ concerns that this announcement will do the opposite of what it intends, only making things worse. As well as being bad for kiwi mum and dad investors, it’ll see rents continue to rise for those who can least afford this and won’t build a single house - not to mention it’s another broken promise from this Government.

Events

I’ve attended a bunch of fantastic local events over March. A particular highlight was the Tauranga Multicultural Festival which showcased the many cultures that enrich our wonderful community. The various performances were impressive and the array of food to taste was outstanding.

With some of the crew at the Multicultural Festival                                                              

Greerton Village Vintage, Retro and Steampunk Fayre

Opening the new Care Centre at Copper Crest

It was a privilege to cut the ribbon for the Copper Crest Retirement Village’s new care centre in Pyes Pa, which comprises 29 “living well” apartments and 55 care suites.

These new suites are impressively designed and provide much needed rest home, hospital-level and dementia care.

This now completes the $145 million Copper Crest Village and increases its capacity to house 350 residents. With about 30% of our over-75 population now living in rest homes, this is a welcome addition to our community.

Photo : George Novak

 

The Snag Co

Every fortnight I’ve been visiting local businesses and community organisations, particularly those I haven’t met with before, which I always enjoy.

After first meeting Bruno and Amanda at Tauranga markets, I thought I’d check out what they do. Originally from Brazil, they’ve worked really hard and created The Snag Co at the Mount, making handmade sausages, salamis and charcuterie.

You can check them out at Unit 6, 5 York Avenue. I can personally recommend the Calabresa pork sausages.

 

Chat with CFOC

At the end of February I had a chat over zoom with Sunil from Conservative Friends of the Commonwealth.

Sunil put to me a range of thoughtful questions which ranged from New Zealand’s place in the world to the similarities and differences between politics in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

You can check it out here: COFC in Conversation with Simon Bridges

Coming Up

I’m looking forward to hosting the Leader of the National Party and MP for Papakura, Hon Judith Collins, in Tauranga this Thursday April 8th evening from 6pm-7.30pm at the Tauranga Art Gallery on Wharf Street.

If you would like more information, please get in touch with Maree on 021 707 773 or [email protected]

My next Mount Market Drop In Clinic is this coming Sunday, so if you’re out and about this coming weekend I’ll be at there for my drop in clinic. Come on down and say hi and support our local businesses.

Best wishes, Simon