Tom Rutherford - The week that was - 5 July

The Week That Was - 5 July 2024

Soaking Up the Sun!

What a fantastic long weekend, starting with Matariki and an amazing change in the weather that Hannah, Penny, and I had a chance to soak up. I hope you all got out there and enjoyed it with your family and friends just like us!

We really DO live in paradise.


When NZ Post closed its doors locally earlier this year, it left a huge gap in our community.

I’ve listened to you and been working hard to bring this service back, and I’m thrilled to announce that from September 4th, you can find NZ Post in the Paper Plus at Papamoa Plaza!

I popped instore to check it out and chat to the staff. This is fantastic news for our community!

Great News for The Bay!

Tauriko West State Highway 29 and the Takitimu North Link, both Stage 1 and 2, are now officially Roads of National Significance!

Delivering better transport infrastructure in the Bay of Plenty is a key part of our plan to rebuild the economy.

Select Committee – South Auckland

This week, the Governance and Administration Select Committee had a full day of hearings in South Auckland on the Restoring Citizenship Removed by Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982 Bill.

The submissions we received were honest, candid, and, at some points, emotional. Presenters included former Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaʻepa Saʻilele Malielegaoi.

Papamoa Community Market - See you there!

Come down to Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa School and spend a great morning at the Pāpāmoa Community Market. It’s an all-weather market, rain, hail or shine –running every Sunday morning. Don’t worry, if it is raining, there are indoor facilities.

The Pāpāmoa Community Market will change your Sunday morning – come together with family, friends, and community to enjoy and support local businesses.

Get In Touch – Bay of Plenty Electorate Office

3/9 Domain Road, Papamoa or phone on 07 542 0505

This week at a glance:

Regional Infrastructure Fund opens to applications.

Councils, iwi, businesses, and community organisations with infrastructure projects that support regional priorities are invited to apply for funding from the Regional Infrastructure Fund, which opened on Monday.

Budgeting pressure relief for renters

Restoring the brightline test to two years will help increase the supply of residential property putting downward pressure on rent.

End of fuel tax as cost-of-living changes kick in 

From Monday, the cost of living was eased for many New Zealanders, as July 1 changes kick in, including the removal of the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax.

Protecting homeowners’ rights in natural disasters

Associate Finance Minister David Seymour is glad to see the Natural Hazards Insurance Act come into force today, further protecting homeowners’ rights after a natural hazard event and seeing the Earthquake Commission (EQC) become the Natural Hazards Commission.

Government Q2 Action Plan delivers for Kiwis.

A successful second quarter Action Plan shows the coalition Government has continued to build on the momentum of its first 100 days.

Government taking action to support media sector.

The Government is taking immediate action to support New Zealand’s media and content production sectors, while it develops a long-term reform programme.

Endeavour Fund updated to grow the economy.

Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Judith Collins released the updated Endeavour Fund Investment Plan – the Government’s $55 million per annum fund for science and research.

NZ wood and wool to benefit through new trade deal.

New Zealand this week concluded a groundbreaking trade deal with Costa Rica, Iceland, and Switzerland, to remove tariffs on hundreds of products that benefit sustainability, and the environment.

Prime Minister heads to United States for NATO

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will visit the United States from 9-12 July. The Prime Minister will begin his visit by building New Zealand’s profile with politicians in Washington DC, meeting members of the US Administration and of Congress.

Free cervical screening for at risk women to continue.

Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has confirmed that cervical screening will continue to be free for women with higher risk of cervical cancer.

Govt delivers consistency for assessing Kiwi kids.

The Coalition Government is delivering consistency in student assessment, giving parents certainty on how their child’s doing at school.

Further boost for Wairoa Mayoral Relief Fund

The Government is providing a further $500,000 to the Wairoa Mayoral Relief Fund to help the community following flooding last week.

Kāinga Ora board refreshed; new Letter of Expectations issued

The board of Kāinga Ora – Homes & Community has been refreshed and Ministers have issued a new Letter of Expectations demanding better financial performance.

Going for Housing Growth stage one unveiled

The Government will establish ambitious new housing growth targets for New Zealand’s cities, while taking steps to make it easier to expand both up and out.

Targets will drive improvement in mental health.  

Reflecting the Government’s priority to improve the public services Kiwis rely on, including mental health care, Minister for Mental Health, Matt Doocey has announced five mental health and addiction targets. 

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Tom Rutherford
MP for Bay of Plenty

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