The candidates who attended and addressed the Grey Power hosted meeting at The Plaza, Putaruru, yesterday afternoon were, Louise Upston, National, the current member for Taupo, Stu Husband, New Zealand First, Adrian Rurawhe, the current member for Te Tai Hauāuru and Ala’ Al-Bustanji, Labour, who is standing for the Taupo electorate.
These four had un-interrupted, (almost), time to speak about the questions they had received beforehand. There were quite a number of audience interjections that required the facilitator to intervene.
Speaking order was decided by lot and some of the points made by the 4 speakers follow.
The on-line Prattler is not in the practice of making personal political comments. If you want to raise questions, please contact the individuals concerned. What follows is a brief outline of some of the statements made during the meeting.
Stuart Husband: New Zealand First
local farmer form Morrinsville – Federated Farmers and Regional Waikato Council
concerned for the future of rural New Zealand
lack of Police numbers in smaller districts
poor state of the mental health system – why was Lifeline funding cut?
lowest level of home ownership now in this country
GP’s are overloaded
current government offers anything but stability
spend money to become carbon neutral
drastically reduce immigration
bring bankers back to New Zealand
enhanced SuperCard to become a debit card
water not sold to foreigners
tourist gst comes back to the regions
Ala’ Al-Bustanji: Labour
a strong economy is one were people can afford good health, housing, rentals…
desperate adverts on TV showing present government has lost the plot
out of control suicide numbers
launch a review of mental health in the first 100 days
focus on healthy eating for children
restore the Superannuation Scheme – there have been no payments into this over the last 9 years
a tax on tourists coming to New Zealand
free mental health care – every public school to have a nurse
100,000 affordable homes
a special group to review the use of water and the environment
Louise Upston: National
need a strong economy to pay for everything – aim to get this back into the black
need an economy that can react to disasters that may happen
establish a school of rural medicine
start the superannuation scheme in 2020 when debt has been reduced
government departments more responsible to us all
transitional housing for 3 months with wrap around services – a social investment
work with local SWDC to fast track housing
focus on the causes of homelessness
$30000 grant for people to get into their first home – “homestart grant”
funding ‘digital literacy’ education for seniors
water-ways 90% fully swimmable by 2040
water bottling – a group of technical experts working on water allocation, (quantity), water exports and how that should work for bottling plants that export
Adrian Rurawhe: Te Tai Hauāuru
education/technology – restore the funding to night classes and the ability to improve technical skills – support SeniorNet
put the word ‘free’ back into free education – make 3 years post secondary school education available over a range of providers
vote by thinking about what is good for everyone – a family approach
why give the top 10% of earners in the country tax breaks they don’t really need?
2 or 3 families living in one house is ‘homelessness”
a whole review of taxation over the next 3 years
a crackdown on housing speculators
those who make waterways dirty should pay for the cleanup
After the meeting, those attending this Grey Power hosted event were able to mingle and personally speak with the candidates attending. Congratulations to Grey Power for arranging these 2017 election meetings.