New Zealand on the right track for a prosperous 2017

Simon Bridges
National MP
simonbridges.co.nz

New Zealand is on the right track. It's a great place to live, work and raise a family.

We're making good progress at a time when many other countries are grappling with big economic challenges and deep-seated political uncertainty. This puts us in a position to achieve things we wouldn't have thought possible eight years ago.

The recent South Island earthquakes are the latest challenges to come our way. But working together, we'll overcome them – just as we have with a number of others in recent years.

Our economy is growing – supporting tens of thousands of new jobs and helping reduce unemployment. We're back in surplus and getting better results from important public services like hospitals, schools and social programmes.

Households and businesses across the country remain upbeat, confident in the knowledge they're backed by the Government's clear plan for New Zealand's future.

The strong economy is delivering real benefits. For example, 250,000 extra jobs have been created during the last three years and the average annual wage is now $58,400 – up $12,000 since we were elected in 2008 and more than double the rate of inflation.

Wages are growing faster than inflation, leaving more money in people's pockets, and interest rates are at 50-year lows.

We're in New Zealand's biggest building boom – in the last five years annual residential building consents have more than doubled. In Auckland, they have almost tripled.

Despite lower dairy prices in recent years, other sectors are growing strongly, such as tourism, ICT, construction and high-tech manufacturing.

They're the result of New Zealanders' hard work, alongside the National-led Government's careful and responsible economic management. Our growing economy and surpluses provide us with choices going into 2017; and into the future.

But in a turbulent world, we can't rest on our laurels. We need to press on if we're to build on the good momentum we're now seeing in communities around New Zealand.

That's why Government ministers and MPs are heading into 2017 – and what will be a hard-fought election – energised and with a busy agenda for the next few years. During coming months, we'll announce the next steps in that agenda.

I hope you all enjoy a well-deserved break during the Christmas and New Year period with your families. It's a time for us reflect on the events and our achievements this year. I'll be reflecting on the growth of our region as the Bay goes from strength to strength, which I know will continue in 2017.

I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

6 Comments

Sorry Simon

Posted on 07-01-2017 08:07 | By Capt_Kaveman

i think the last 9 years is the worst period nz has gone through, as for wages they only ones going higher then inflation are cooperates or high end salary's the rest get 1 or 2% if nothing at all, i think National are a little delusional, how about looking after the nz born nzers and stop the plunder for profit :-(

Wake up

Posted on 01-01-2017 14:22 | By swampdog

The trouble with corporate owned politicians such as Simon is that they only see the bottom $ line and not the bigger picture. His ignorant love of fossil fuels means climate change concerns take a backseat. Things are getting dire, the north pole will be gone in two years and stored methane is now being released from thawing soils. Simon needs to grow up and lead the change into sustainable energy systems for the sake of his kids, rather than just sit back and pander to the interests of corporate greed.

Wake up

Posted on 01-01-2017 14:22 | By swampdog

The trouble with corporate owned politicians such as Simon is that they only see the bottom $ line and not the bigger picture. His ignorant love of fossil fuels means climate change concerns take a backseat. Things are getting dire, the north pole will be gone in two years and stored methane is now being released from thawing soils. Simon needs to grow up and lead the change into sustainable energy systems for the sake of his kids, rather than just sit back and pander to the interests of corporate greed.

Carcass

Posted on 28-12-2016 14:03 | By Carcass

Hi Simon not sure if you are in our real world called New Zealand.Unaffordable housing for our young people with no hope of buying their own home,Nothing to rent also.A low wage economy caused by immigration with people from third world countries.Growing separatism with the grievance industry with no sight in end which Iwi made very clear is not going to stop and National happy to go along with because the greed for power has blurred their judgment. Foreshore & Seabed Act National's grab for power at the expense of 86% of us Kiwi's. Iwi and freshwater are you going to make 86% of New Zealanders pay for it and they get it free. Hospitals unable to cope with all the extra immigration.Do I need to say any more Simon.Those who pay the piper usually call the tune.Happy New Year to you and your family

Oh Fantastic

Posted on 26-12-2016 16:02 | By Fonzie

Growing inequality, Growing debt up by a factor of 10 under National Superannuation fund deposits stopped An immigration and consumption based economy A growing Housing crisis that hasnt been addressed for years Growing racial separatism under the law Desperate need for infrastucture spending that has been neglected for years A downsized Health service ,Defence force and Police Growing foreign ownership of land and commercial interests and the sherriff has ridden off into the sunset leaving us with an unelected leader Need I go on ?Merry Christmas Simon but lets not pretend that the piper wont be paid sometime

Just more

Posted on 24-12-2016 17:18 | By Me n U

Just more spin why do you not put out a comment on the ever increasing house prices which are putting some out of the housing market, the increase homelessness and the number of increased burglaries that have not been solved.This has all happened under this governments watch.Thank you though for your Xmas wishes Simon and I wish the same to you and your family.

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