A very happy belated new year to you all and to our friends in the Chinese community, Happy Chinese New Year!
I trust you had a great summer’s break and your batteries are recharged for what will be a busy year. I hope my first newsletter of 2020 sparks some interest, and I look forward to keeping you updated on what I am doing in the electorate and around the country.
WE DID IT! CRASH CORNER IS FIXED
As many of you would have seen, we started the year off strong. Crash Corner is officially fixed and the completed roundabout at the Church and Victoria Streets intersection in Onehunga will make a great difference in safety for all road-users.
Following 15 months of advocacy and calling on Auckland Transport to immediately improve this corner, I’m pleased we’ve reached the finish line. The community have long been calling for action and with our lobbying, we were able to fast-track construction by over two years.
To mark the occasion, I hosted a celebratory street party that saw both residents and local board members attend. A special thank you to Project Manager Gareth Jones, Liveable Streets, and Auckland Transport who all responded to our calls and engaged well with the community.
ONE TREE HILL SPIKE IN CRIME
I’ve recently uncovered a huge spike in vehicle thefts and break-ins at One Tree Hill since the summit was pedestrianised. When averaged out to a per month figure between the time our maunga was restricted to October 2019, there’s been an increase in crime of more than 60 per cent! This figure is likely to be higher due to the significant number of unreported incidents.
The increase in vehicle crime clearly show there have been unintended consequences of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority’s decision and this must be resolved in a timely manner. I’ve had discussions with Police who agree installing security cameras would greatly help with prevention.
Despite their claim that safety measures are “cost prohibitive”, I’m calling on the Tūpuna Maunga Authority to address this issue and urgently install security cameras. One Tree Hill must remain a public place for people to enjoy and to feel safe doing so. Read more here.
IT’S ELECTION YEAR!
The date has been set and National is ready to hit the ground running! September 19th is the day we will take to the polls and decide who will lead our country for the next three years.
My colleagues and I have worked hard in Opposition to hold the Government to account. We’ve highlighted the Government’s failure to deliver on projects like KiwiBuild and light rail. We’ve also shown our positive plans – releasing 10 discussion documents that included 168 commitments and 280 proposals. For more information, click here.
It’s an honour serving you both in Maungakiekie and in Parliament. As I seek another term as your local MP, I would love for you to join our fight and campaign with me to ensure we receive our highest Party Vote and local vote to date! Sign-up here.
OUT AND ABOUT
EAST-WEST LINK INACTION
The Government recently announced their infrastructure package and once again their failure to include the East-West Link (EWL) adds to their disastrous track-record of over-promising and under-delivering.
For the past two years, we’ve been assured a new EWL proposal will relieve traffic pressure, but their silence is deafening.
The importance of this project to our economy cannot be understated. Economic analysis conducted in 2012 found that the industrial area serviced by the EWL contributed over $10billion to the national GDP. Over 7000 freight vehicles drive through Onehunga each day causing huge gridlock. This is not only costing business billions of dollars every year, but also causing extreme safety issues on our suburban roads. Need I mention Crash Corner?
Minister Twyford’s interference and inability to deliver is blocking progress slowing New Zealand down. When is enough, enough?
NEW YEARS HONOURS
A special congratulations to Maungakiekie locals Dianne Rosemary Webster and Janine Ewan for being recognised in this year’s New Years Honours List.
- Dianne Rosemary Webster, an Onehunga Local, was appointment as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health, particularly pediatrics.
- Janine Ewan, an Onehunga local, was appointment as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to palliative care.
I'm hosting and exciting cocktail fundraiser at Auckland City BMW and would love for you to join! Featuring Christopher Luxon as special guest speaker and Hon Paula Bennett as MC, this is a night not be missed.
Refreshments will be provided, alongside some great auction items!