Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

National Aims For Strong Rural Communities

9 July 2002

"National understands that rural communities have special and different needs to urban centres and these need to be recognised and addressed," says National Party leader Bill English.

Releasing National's Rural Affairs Policy today, Mr English says with one in seven New Zealanders living in rural areas it is important that necessary strategies and supports are in place to deal quickly and effectively with issues when they arise.

"Rural communities need a Government that understands and recognises these needs and one that puts the time and resources in place to advocate for the sector.

"National knows the primary industry will continue to remain the cornerstone of New Zealand's economy. However, with a rising dollar and falling commodity prices it is more important than ever that we focus on making it easier to do business in rural communities, while also supporting the sector at the social level.

Mr English says National's policy combines a number of different and comprehensive strategies, which are aimed at making life easier in rural areas.

"It includes things like providing strong advocacy for the rural sector, closing the digital divide by improving telecommunication bandwidth in rural areas, providing more funding for rural health services, ensuring the quality of rural education matches that available in urban areas, protecting and maintaining the country's all-important biosecurity systems, as well as reducing business and compliance costs.

"National believes that the rural community is an important and valued part of New Zealand. Our Rural Affairs policy recognises this and aims to tackle many of unique problems and challenges this often neglected part of our society faces," Mr English says.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels