July 2019 update
As you may be aware I recently announced that I have made the decision not to stand for re-election as the MP for Selwyn next year. It has been a huge privilege for me to have represented this amazing region since 2008 and I am immensely grateful for the support I have received from the people of Selwyn during the past eleven years. However, it is time for me to take a step back from politics and let someone new have the opportunity to represent this fantastic part of the world in Parliament.
While I have stepped aside from my roles as Opposition Finance Spokesperson and Shadow Attorney General I would like to assure you that I will continue to work hard as your MP and advocate from now until the election next year.
Another increase in petrol taxes
July 1st has brought with it more pain for vehicle owners as the Government's annual increase in the excise tax on petrol has kicked in. This means motorists will be paying an extra 4c per litre (including GST) each time they fill up and there is another identical increase to look forward to next year.
The Government has also increased road user charges for diesel vehicles and this increase also came into effect on July 1st. These higher transportation costs will inevitably result in higher prices for goods and services for Kiwi families.
New Zealand economy has lost momentum
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has confirmed that the New Zealand economy has lost its momentum. This is something businesses across the country have been saying for some time.
Under this Government growth has decreased from 4 per cent down to 2.5 per cent. Our per-person growth is the seventh worst in the OECD, and jobs are in decline. Despite what Finance Minister Grant Robertson has been saying, the decline is not primarily due to global conditions. Our terms of trade are at historical highs and exports are rising.
A strong economy is what pays for investment in health, education and infrastructure. This Government needs to stop taking economic growth for granted and dial back its anti-growth agenda, while getting on with delivering the infrastructure this country needs.
Out and about in Selwyn
Official opening of Knights Stream School
On Monday 17th June I was invited to officially open Knights Stream School/Mingimingi Hautoa by Principal Mike Molloy. I have been privileged as the local MP to have been kept closely informed of progress throughout the build and the establishment phase of the school so it was great to be given a tour of the fantastic new facilities by Mike and a group of senior students of the school.
At Knights Stream School with the Principal, local Councillor, eBOT Chair, Ministry of Education rep and Christchurch Mayor
A very special coffee meeting
During June I held a number of coffee meetings around Selwyn including in Diamond Harbour, Lincoln and Leeston. While I was in Leeston I met with Tony Hanson a former volunteer firefighter from Southbridge. Tony had never received his first responder medal for being a first responder during the Christchurch Earthquake in February 2011 so I was delighted to be able to present him with this medal in person.
Presenting retired volunteer firefighter Tony Hanson with his earthquake service medal
I welcome your thoughts and feedback on all matters so be sure to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or like my Facebook page www.facebook.com/MPAmyAdams and tell me what's on your mind.
Hon Amy Adams