Government making change

By: Tamati Coffey

Tamati Coffey
Labour MP

Nga mihi o te tau hou Pakeha!

I’m kicking things off by stating as many benefits for Māori and Tauranga, delivered by this Government, as I can in 220 words!

We launched Tauranga’s Housing First homeless services and invested in local papakainga, the Tauranga Cruise Gateway and local trades pathways to help at-risk rangatahi go from learning to earning.

Stopped the state house sell-off and built more than 2300 more in two years - more than any Government since the 70s.

Injected $158 million into improving local water treatment and a record $665 million for the Bay’s transport needs.

Announced upgrades for Otumoetai and Tauranga Girls’ Colleges, a new site for Brookfield School and gave nearly every kura up to $400k to catch up on their repair waiting lists.

Delivered an unprecedented half a billion dollars plus of targeted investment in Maori in 2019 and achieved the lowest Maori unemployment rates in a decade.

More support for te reo and New Zealand history in schools, launched a Maori suicide prevention fund, increased investment in Kohanga, the Wardens and our marae repair fund.

Then there’s raising the minimum wage, ending NCEA fees, increasing paid parental leave, the Winter Energy Payment, the Best Start Credit and making the doctor more affordable for our most vulnerable.

Simply put, this Government is getting on with the job of rebuilding New Zealand, right here in Tauranga Moana. Making real progress in addressing the long-term challenges facing your whanau - and there’s more to do in 2020!