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Owen Jennings Stands For Taranaki-King Country

Friday 21 Jun 2002

ACT New Zealand Defence and Rural Issues Spokesman and member of parliament Owen Jennings has been selected to stand in Taranaki-King Country this election.

"I am delighted to be seeking the party vote for ACT New Zealand in Taranaki-King Country," Mr Jennings said.

"Our party has a strong and vibrant membership in this electorate: the public here like ACT's messages of Zero Tolerance for Crime, Truth in Sentencing, a Bonfire of Red Tape, a Tax Cut for Every Worker, and Quality in Education.

"ACT has made a commitment to the people of Taranaki-King Country. I am surprised and disappointed that many of the problems that were frustrating voters in the by-election have still not been properly attended to. The region suffers from poor-quality roading. There's been a failure to upgrade the Awakino Gorge road providing a vital strategic link for the region: it is crucial that new passing bays are added to the road as soon as possible.

"Government bungling over the Parininihi marine reserve has not been properly sorted out. Strong leadership is needed to prevent misguided conservation interests from turning the Taranaki coast into a no-fishing zone. The ACT Party will continue to support efforts to resolve these issues," Mr Jennings said.

Owen Jennings is a former head of Federated Farmers and stood for ACT in the Taranaki-King Country by-election.


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