Cameron Brewer - Upper Harbour survey results are out

Thank you to the many locals who took the time to respond to my recent Facebook survey.

The results are back, and I wanted to share with you Upper Harbour’s top five priorities. They are: Getting tough on law and order (22%); Reducing the cost of living (20%); Bringing down inflation and interest rates (14%); Improving education standards (12%); Better motorway connections and completing on and off-ramps (8%). So, here’s what we’re doing:

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Law and order

When it comes to crime, there are a range of actions our Government has taken already to help restore law and order in our community. I’m a member of the Justice select committee and it’s now the busiest in Parliament.

We are cracking down on criminal gangs, including banning gang patches in public places, and recently we welcomed the announcement of a National Gang Unit and District Gang Disruption Units.

We have also announced a $1.9 billion investment in the Corrections system as part of Budget 2024. It will deliver an 810-bed extension to Waikeria Prison, employ new frontline staff, increase pay for Corrections staff, and extend rehabilitation programmes for prisoners.

Cost of living, Inflation and interest rates

Reducing the cost of living and bringing down inflation and interest rates were the second and third most important issues for survey participants.

Next week, Finance Minister Nicola Willis will deliver Budget 2024 which will focus on everyday Kiwis who have soldiered on through the cost-of-living crisis. The Budget will deliver tax relief, get money out of the back office and into the frontline, and get the Government’s books back into shape.

Hard working Kiwis have endured 14 years without any adjustment to tax brackets. Our tax relief package will increase the take-home income of 83 percent of New Zealanders 15 and over, and 94 percent of households.

We’ve also got the Reserve Bank now solely focused on bringing down inflation, and it’s falling. Interest rates will follow.

Education

Earlier this month, I hosted Education Minister Hon Erica Stanford in my electorate office with our local school principals. It was a positive and productive meeting of Upper Harbour’s education leaders. Our Government is very ambitious when it comes to lifting education standards and student attendance.

From Term 1 next year, we are introducing structured literacy, which will use phonics to teach our kids how to sound out words, read, and develop important literacy skills. We want to teach the basics brilliantly so that we have 80 percent of our Year 8 students at, or above, the expected level for reading, writing and maths by 2030.

We have also introduced a cellphone ban in schools, to keep kids focused on their learning. This has had fantastic success with a lot of positive feedback from local parents.

Transport

Here at my electorate office, we have received a lot of feedback on the incomplete SH16/SH18 connections at Westgate and the unfinished on/off ramps at the likes of Squadron Drive, Hobsonville Point.

Great news for Upper Harbour: The Kumeu bypass – aka The North-West Alternative State Highway - has been included in this Government’s new Roads of National Significance programme. At the same time, a SH16 dedicated busway – aka The North-West Rapid Transit Corridor – has also been prioritised in the Government’s Draft Policy Statement on Land Transport.

On better SH16/18 motorway connections and completed on and off-ramps for Hobsonville Point, these have been investigated, but funding has yet to be made available. As your local MP, I have written to NZTA and suggested they nominate these projects to be placed on the fast-track schedule. I will keep the pressure on, and I look forward to meeting the Minister of Transport with North-West business leaders in the next couple of months.

I will also continue to advocate for better bus connections in the likes of Scott Point and better ferry reliability for West Harbour and Hobsonville Point commuters.

We are a Government who cares less about the talk and more about delivery. We are outcomes focused. We want to achieve measurable results that make the lives of Upper Harbour residents better.

Again, I really appreciate your feedback. Your priorities are my priorities. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with my electorate office should you wish to discuss any issues or require assistance.

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Cameron Brewer | MP for Upper Harbour

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