May update from Hon Amy Adams
I was pleased to see so many people at the Anzac Day services that I attended in Rolleston, Lincoln and Templeton last month. I am very passionate about the importance of Anzac Day for New Zealanders to remember those who lost their lives during the Gallipoli campaign over 100 years ago and to also acknowledge the contribution of our servicemen and women in subsequent conflicts around the world.
In this newsletter you will find details of my next coffee meetings, information about the recent opening of the new community centre in Weedons and concerning statistics regarding employment and Jobseeker benefits.
Benefit numbers increasing
I was concerned to see data from the Ministry of Social Development showing that the number of people receiving the Jobseeker benefit in Selwyn has increased by 36% during the past year. This situation is also being mirrored in other regions across the country with an additional 13,000 people now receiving a Jobseeker benefit nationwide.
Under the current Government the economy is slowing down and job creation is not keeping up with population growth. In the past 18 months, New Zealand’s working-age population has grown by 114,000 people while the number of new jobs has grown by 70,000, meaning there is a deficit of 44,000 jobs
In contrast to this, between 2015 and 2017 under the previous National-led Government the economy created 57,000 more jobs than the corresponding rise in population growth.
Capital Gains Tax ruled out
The Government’s U-turn on the introduction of a Capital Gains Tax was unexpected but welcome. As National’s Finance spokesperson I was very concerned at the impact such a tax would have had on our small businesses; start-ups looking for venture capital; Mum and Dad investors; renters and lifestyle block owners. It was apparent that the proposal was anything but fair and National’s strong campaign against the tax certainly attracted a great deal of public support.
Out and about in Selwyn
Official opening of Weedons community centre
Last month I attended the official opening of the new Weedons community centre.
The Weedons Domain has been a focal point for the local community for over 140 years and I am sure this new Community Centre will be much appreciated by the local cricket and tennis clubs and other community groups that use this venue.
I would like to acknowledge the commitment of the Weedons Reserve Committee, led by Chair Peter Holmes, who have been championing this project since 2011 when the plans were first drawn up for a new facility to replace the old, outdated and damaged facility.
Opening the Weedons community centre with Peter Holmes and Mayor Sam Broughton
Coffee meetings are an opportunity for you to drop in to meet me and discuss any issues that you think I may be able to assist with. Details of upcoming coffee meetings are as follows:
Tuesday 14th May
2.00pm The Store, Tai Tapu
Friday 24th May
10.00am Darfield Bakery, Darfield
1.30pm Hororata Cafe, Hororata
MP for Selwyn
Authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton.