Fronting Up Tour A Great Success -- English
24 June 2002
National Party Leader Bill English says he heads into the final week of his 'Fronting up to New Zealand' tour buoyed by the strong level of support he is receiving.
Mr English set out on the 35-day, 54-town tour at the end of May and it finishes up this week with visits to Rotorua and Taupo today, and to Tauranga, Whakatane and Opotiki later in the week.
"The aim of this tour was for me to get out and talk to many people as possible about the real issues facing this country. I have been greatly encouraged by the response I've been getting from the large crowds attending my public meetings all around the country.
"This has been a great platform for me to promote National's policies before the official campaign kicks off next week. People want to hear what I have to say on issues that really concern them such as law and order, the Treaty, education and the economy."
Mr English says the feedback he is getting is overwhelmingly positive when he explains that National will introduce tougher sentences for law breakers, put 500 more police on the street, resolve Treaty claims by 2008, get secondary teachers back in the class room, and support people in business by reducing their taxes and compliance costs.
"These are the real issues people want to hear about and see some genuine leadership on, rather than all the chatter and silliness about tactical voting.
"New Zealanders don't like being told what to do. They know this election is their chance to vote for policies they support and not those they oppose," Mr English said.