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Straight from the candidates
We conclude our pre-election coverage by asking the Palmerston North candidates: ''What is the biggest
issue facing Palmerston North, and what will your party do to address it?''.
Palmerston North s economic
vibrancy. To create more jobs and
increase economic activity, my
party would enhance and revitalise
Palmerston North s tertiary sector,
health services, research and gov-
ernment (including defence forces)
and as a logistics hub (transport,
warehousing and wholesale trade).
My party is determined to bring
back strong economic growth for
Economy. Palmerston North s
population of 80,000 is predicted to
increase by 15 per cent in the next
25 years. Working to develop this
local economy and New Zealand s
economy is the number one priority.
National is rebalancing the econ-
omy away from debt-fuelled con-
sumption and government spending
and towards savings, investment,
As seen with the current closure
of the Manawatu Gorge road,
under-investment in our vital
transport links is one of many
issues we face here. It undermines
our advantage of being a central
Labour will abolish the Roads of
National Significance policy so
regions and rail get greater priority.
Along with poverty, the Mana-
watu Gorge is a major issue. We
need a safe, reliable and affordable
route appropriate for the type and
amount of traffic using it. The Con-
servative Party would bring back
money currently invested overseas
(Cullen fund) and use it to invest in
self-funding transport projects.
Economy. Palmerston North is
dependent on small to medium-
sized business for employment.
Thanks to high taxation, restric-
tive regulation and poor economic
performance, these businesses are
on the verge of collapse. ACT will
reduce taxes, government borrowing
and government spending. Only by
putting money back into people s
pockets can we truly prosper.
Many of our big issues are in com-
mon with other areas around the
country: poverty, unemployment
and violence -- particularly among
youth as well as family violence.
People need to be better
supported financially through
increasing the minimum wage and
better access to training, which can
lead to employment.
The Conservative Party s Palmer-
ston North candidate is Andrew
Marquet. As his candidacy was
announced after we started our elec-
tion coverage, he is given the oppor-
tunity here to answer the first two
questions: Why should people vote
for you? and What will you do
about people living in poverty in
Palmerston North? .
1. Binding referendum. The Con-
servative Party believes the people
should be listened to. New Zealand
has had several referendum that
the governments have just ignored.
The Conservative Party would make
referendum binding so that the
people have to be listened to.
2. The Conservative Party would
make the first $25,000 people earn
tax free. We would get people
involved in paid work schemes and
training, building their skills
towards getting and keeping jobs.
We believe that everyone should be
able to earn a livable wage and sup-
port their family.
The two men who want to be New Zealand's next prime minister have visited Palmerston North during the
Red corner: Labour Party leader Phil
Goff speaks to workers in their smoko
room, during his visit to Stevensons
Photo: WARWICK SMITH
Blue corner: National Party leader
John Key talks to the media throng
while in Palmerston North this month.
Photo: MURRAY WILSON
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