Bay News column
Last Sunday marked seven years since National was elected to Government and I was elected as the Member of Parliament for Tauranga. Since day one we’ve been busy working to deliver on our promises and achieve practical results that make a real difference.
A record $25 billion is now being invested in health and education every year. Our dedication to education is ensuring our young people are getting a better education and achieving better qualifications.
More people are getting the operations they need. We’re delivering around 50,000 more elective surgeries a year than in 2008, as well as ensuring cancer patients are getting treatment faster.
As a result of our responsible management we’re helping New Zealanders build a more prosperous country. We’ve turned the Government’s books around and achieved surplus for the 2014/15 year - one of the few developed countries to do so after the Global Financial Crisis.
Tauranga has benefitted significantly from the National-led Government. We’ve seen a new $21m Police Station, a cancer centre at Tauranga Hospital, and the launch of the Western Bay of Plenty Trades Academy, just to name a few.
Infrastructure spending has seen the rollout of Ultra-Fast Broadband, which will be completed shortly, and the investment in roading has seen a number of projects finished, including the $455 million Tauranga Eastern Link, with many more projects in the pipeline.
We are committed to building on these gains and over the next few years we will keep working hard to deliver on our plan that is working for New Zealand families.