Wedd's Weekly - 17 May

It's been a busy week of being out and about in the electorate and understanding more about different sectors where I can support and advocate. 

We are the fuitbowl of New Zealand and it was great to catch up with Tatsumi NZ - one of the largest indoor strawberry producers in New Zealand. 


It was really good to see Zeini's- a new place for parents and families to connect.

Rochelle Hairs has transformed the old tea rooms at Cornwall Park, Hastings into a village hub where parents and caregivers of young children and children with disabilities can come together and support each other.

Driving productivity and innovation in our primary sector is key to futureproofing our regional economy and Tatsumi NZ, as one of the largest strawberry producers indoors with a year-round supply of strawberries, is a great example of that.

At full capacity they will drive more jobs to our economy, and they produce strawberries 12 months a year.

As Member, Primary Production Select Committee, they are exactly the sort of producers I support.

Speaking of technology and innovation, I caught up with the Foodeast- haumako team. The site is getting prepped to be a centre of excellence for food, beverage and agri-tech innovation – the space where your great ideas can become your business’s new high-value reality.

As a super keen sportsperson myself I loved catching up with our Sport HB CE Ryan Hambleton who gave me a good overview of sport across our region.

It was heartening to hear that Hawke’s Bay is leading the way when it comes to participation in Secondary School Sport, with a consistent increase in numbers.

Well done to the team at Sport HB for all the work you are doing to educate our kids. I am looking forward to helping to promote and encourage healthy active lives.


Charter Schools funding:

The upcoming Budget will include funding for up to 50 charter schools, so every child gets a high-quality education that allows them to live the life that they want.

The $153m in funding over 4 years will help establish and operate up to 15 new charter schools and convert 35 state schools in 2025 and 2026.

Roads of Regional Significance:

Building world-class infrastructure is part of our plan to rebuild the economy, which is why we’re launching our Roads of Regional Significance programme, to sit alongside Roads of National Significance (RoNS).

The Hawke's Bay Expressway is a Road of National Significance, and the four-laning of it remains a priority. 


It was pleasing to see the announcement by the police commissioner this week to launch a National Gang Unit and district Gang Disruption Units.

The East Coast has some of the highest gang numbers in the country, and this supports our actions to crack down on gangs.

We are committed to restoring law and order and ensuring we have safer communities. See more here- Eastern District Police likely to open new gang disruption unit (

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Regards, Catherine


Catherine Wedd | MP for Tukituki


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