Tom Rutherford - The week that was - 30 June

The Week That Was - 30 JUNE 2024

Under Scrutiny

For the first time, Parliament had ‘Scrutiny Week’, which allowed for sustained questioning of Government Ministers on specific portfolio areas.

The new Standing Orders dictate that all ministers must attend the select committee hearings in person, that preference will be given to opposition questions, and committee chairs are expected to facilitate sustained questioning on a specific topic before moving on.

One article said: “National Bay of Plenty MP Tom Rutherford sought answers from officials on why the Bay of Plenty region hosted two of the country’s three toll roads.”

“Rutherford, who hasn’t been shy in asking questions throughout the week’s select committees, asked why the Tauranga Eastern Link was tolled and Wellington’s Transmission Gully wasn’t.”

“Simon Bridges, NZTA chairman, was honest in his response, saying it was partly due to “political appetite” and noted how Tauranga residents wouldn’t feel singled out for long given the current Government’s preference to toll large-scale roading projects.”

This article is accurate. I wasn't shy about asking questions during Scrutiny Week because the Bay of Plenty elected me to do that job.

We’re delivering up to 26 cancer treatments!

Last year, National promised we would deliver more cancer treatments in Government. We have now delivered on that promise.

Pharmac will receive a $604 million funding boost to ensure more Kiwis are able to access life-changing medicines.

It has been estimated that up to 26 cancer treatments and 28 other treatments will be funded due to this announcement. It is estimated that 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just the first year.

In 2023 we listed 13 cancer treatments, up to seven of those will be included in this package, the remaining six will be replaced by alternatives that are as or more effective than those originally listed.

Treatments for all cancer types in the pre-election manifesto list will be covered, but also a number of other treatments, including for blood cancers and other tumours.

We know cancer affects so many New Zealanders and their families each year. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, having access to these medicines will be life changing for many.

Some of the newly funded cancer treatments will be available from October/ November, with more phased in over the next year.

This announcement is one of many we have already made around cancer treatment. We have set a target of 90 per cent of patients to receive cancer management within 31 days of the decision to treat by 2030.

To achieve this target, we have increased breast screening eligibility to 74-year-olds, funded PET scanning accessibility for prostate cancer, expanded infusion services in Whanganui, invested in a new radiotherapy machine at Whangārei Hospital and provided an extra $18 million a year to help people who need to travel for treatments like cancer.

I am proud to be a part of a government that is prioritising healthcare for people in need and is committed to delivering better outcomes for those with cancer.

No Dampened Spirits here!

It was a bit wet; did I say a BIT! But the rain didn’t dampen my support for the Gallagher Chiefs. A great time despite the crazy weather!

Sadly, it wasn’t the Gallagher Chiefs night with the final score being 41 – 10 so congratulations to The Blues.

We were glad when it was time for Hannah and I to head home and dry out.

Tax Relief for the Bay

Great news! From 31 July, hardworking Kiwis in the Bay of Plenty will get tax relief.

This weeks BFM Interview

Proposed military boot camps for youth offenders and job cuts in the public sector w/ the National Party’s Tom Rutherford: 25th June, 2024. | 95bFM

Support - Local Artists and Writers – next Wednesday

This week at a glance:

New cops mean more Police on the beat.

The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello.

Government takes action to address youth crime.

The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced recently.

KiwiRail Board to be refreshed.

KiwiRail Board Chair David McLean has advised his intention to retire from the KiwiRail Board and his early retirement has been accepted by Shareholding Ministers, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.

New support for agricultural emissions reduction

The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions.

Minister celebrates students’ space success.

Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup.

New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management.

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.

Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19 

Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says the coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned

Government introduces Three Strikes Bill

The Government has introduced a Bill to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says.

“New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.

Government receives final report from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care

The coalition Government welcomes the presentation of the final report from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care to the Governor-General.

Scope of the Northland transmission tower failure review announced.

Energy Minister Simeon Brown has released the terms of reference for the Electricity Authority’s investigation into the Northland transmission tower failure that occurred on 20 June 2024, causing significant power outages in the region.

Improving educational choice for families and students

The Education and Training Amendment Bill, which will set up charter schools, encourage more early learning centers to open, and provide increased transparency on school attendance, has been introduced for its first reading in Parliament.

Tougher sentences coming for criminals.

The Government is reforming sentencing to ensure criminals face serious consequences for crime and victims are prioritised, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith says.

Government support for Hastings, Wairoa and Tairawhiti communities

The Government is contributing $300,000 to Mayoral Relief Funds to help communities in Hastings, Wairoa and Tairawhiti following severe weather and coastal inundation, Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery Mark Mitchell announced

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MP for Bay of Plenty

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