Jones could be champion for region

LETTER

With such important infrastructure issues facing our region, I like many was very interested to learn which Ministers could influence change for Tairawhiti.

The politician who potentially now has the greatest opportunity to influence change for our region would have to be Cabinet Minister the Hon Shane Jones. He has been appointed, Minister for Forestry, Regional Development and Infrastructure.

He is also the Associate Minister for Finance and Transport. If any Minister could be an absolute champion for our region based on their ministerial appointments, then it is Mr Jones.

Initial comments made by New Zealand First leader and now Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters raised questions about what will happen with New Zealand’s fundamental economic structure and settings.

The sooner business understands what is meant by this, the better it will be — to give businesses confidence and the certainty they require.

Throughout the election campaign, the collective Chambers of Commerce has been an advocate on key issues the business community would like addressed, to ensure a strong platform for businesses to invest, grow and employ.

We welcome the new Government’s strong focus on regional development, and improving core infrastructure, with the goal to make it easier to do business from the regions.

I have not heard any mention of the Gisborne rail corridor since the appointment of our new Government — yet I have heard regional rail referenced for Northland, Taranaki, Bay of Penty and the West Coast. This is another area where it will be important to have certainty in the near future.

Terry Sheldrake

Chief executive, Gisborne Chamber of Commerce

With such important infrastructure issues facing our region, I like many was very interested to learn which Ministers could influence change for Tairawhiti.

The politician who potentially now has the greatest opportunity to influence change for our region would have to be Cabinet Minister the Hon Shane Jones. He has been appointed, Minister for Forestry, Regional Development and Infrastructure.

He is also the Associate Minister for Finance and Transport. If any Minister could be an absolute champion for our region based on their ministerial appointments, then it is Mr Jones.

Initial comments made by New Zealand First leader and now Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters raised questions about what will happen with New Zealand’s fundamental economic structure and settings.

The sooner business understands what is meant by this, the better it will be — to give businesses confidence and the certainty they require.

Throughout the election campaign, the collective Chambers of Commerce has been an advocate on key issues the business community would like addressed, to ensure a strong platform for businesses to invest, grow and employ.

We welcome the new Government’s strong focus on regional development, and improving core infrastructure, with the goal to make it easier to do business from the regions.

I have not heard any mention of the Gisborne rail corridor since the appointment of our new Government — yet I have heard regional rail referenced for Northland, Taranaki, Bay of Penty and the West Coast. This is another area where it will be important to have certainty in the near future.

Terry Sheldrake

Chief executive, Gisborne Chamber of Commerce

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