We all know that Tauranga is a city on the move and recently I had the honour of showing our booming city off to our Prime Minister Bill English.
I was lucky enough to show him various organisations and businesses in Tauranga including Top Kids Mount Maunganui, the Paradox exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery and he officially opened the new building for EmployNZ.
He was also able to speak to business leaders and it was great to hear about how he sees Tauranga in a positive light and he praised people here for their hard work and innovation.
The Government recognises that not only Tauranga but many parts of New Zealand are growing faster than they have for a long time. This is not only creating more jobs, but is boosting our local economies, which is great, but to keep growing it's important we keep investing in the infrastructure that supports growth.
This Government is New Zealand's infrastructure government. We're already investing hugely in new schools, hospitals, housing, roads and railways, and broadband. In roading alone, Kiwis are travelling on new highways across the country, including one here in the Bay.
We are increasing our investment further with Finance Minister Steven Joyce announcing in his pre-Budget speech an $11 billion boost for new capital infrastructure during the next four Budgets.
This new investment will extend our run-rate significantly, and include new investment in the justice and defence sectors. It represents the biggest addition to our capital stock in decades.
Details of how the first tranche of that money will be invested will be laid out in the Budget.
As a country we are now growing at an incredible rate and we need to invest in the infrastructure required to maintain that growth. Budget 2017 will show we are committed to doing just that.