National Weekend of Action – How you can help.

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This weekend is the Young Nats’ National Weekend of Action, a grassroots initiative by the Young Nats to get out on the campaign, make contact with National Party voters up and down the country and make sure we turn out the highest number of voters on September 20. We need to give John Key and our team at Parliament another three years to build a stronger, more confident New Zealand.

If you want to help, there’s going to be a range of different campaign activities on offer, in almost every part of the country. If you’ve subscribed to Young Nats emails in the past, you are sure to receive more information in your inbox, but here’s a summary.

Northern Young Nats will be visiting the Northcote and East Coast Bays electorates on Saturday [RSVP link], and Hunua and Papakura electorates on Sunday [RSVP link].

Central North Island Young Nats are road-tripping to Coromandel electorate to help Scott Simpson rally votes for National in Whitianga and Thames [RSVP link].

Lower North Island Young Nats will be campaigning in Rongotai on Saturday [RSVP link] and joining the movement for a Fresh Face for Hutt South, helping Chris Bishop on Sunday [RSVP link].

Canterbury Westland Young Nats will be heading into Christchurch Central, Waimakariri and Port Hills. To get the details, email sam.macdonald@national.org.nz

Southern Young Nats will be in Dunedin South getting out the vote for National and Hamish Walker, more information here [RSVP link].

Aussie Treasurer Envies Kiwi Economy

Joe Hockey

The Australian has reported that Joe Hockey, the Treasurer of Australia envies New Zealand for our falling jobless numbers.

Joe Hockey frequently admits he’s a little bit jealous of our cousins across the ditch, in an economic sense at least.

The treasurer’s green eye probably went an even deeper shade of emerald after New Zealand’s latest employment figures showed their jobless rate tumbled to a five-year low of 5.6 per cent in the June quarter from a revised 5.9 per cent previously.

Australia’s unemployment rate is at 6.4% and rising. Ours is 5.6% and falling Employment growth is faster here than across the ditch, and it’s down to the work done by John Key and Bill English.

The release of the NZ figures coincided with a speech by Mr Hockey to the national conference of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

He said New Zealand has stolen the advantage from Australia during the past few years by combining domestic structural reforms with newly negotiated trade opportunities in Asia.

“As a result, they have falling unemployment, rising living standards and a budget that is coming into surplus,” Mr Hockey said.

Faced with a hostile Senate over his first budget, Mr Hockey also said he was “quite jealous” that NZ Prime Minister John Key has to deal with only one parliamentary chamber.

Even so, Mr Key and Finance Minister Bill English are showing the world how economic reform should be done.
And it has not been achieved through “luck or complacency”.

“There is no she’ll-be-right attitude,” Mr Hockey said.

 

Meet the Candidate: Jono Naylor

Jono Naylor

Jono Naylor is National’s candidate for Palmerston North. He has served Palmy as its Mayor for the last  7 years, and iPredict gives him even odds to take the seat off Labour. Before local politics, he was a social worker and a counsellor. He’s also a musician who once sung the national anthem at an international netball test match. We had a few more questions to ask:

What is your number one policy goal for your time as an MP?

Creating as many jobs for New Zealanders as possible, thereby improving the chances for New Zealand families to thrive.

You’ve been the Mayor of Palmerston North since 2007 – what’s the best thing about Palmy?

Across the spectrum of opportunity, affordability and accessibility, it is clearly the best place in New Zealand to raise a family.

Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t already know?

The band I have been a part of for the past year and half have just released an EP. You can download it at https://trulymade.bandcamp.com/

What made you want to stand for National? What would you say inspires you politically?

I am motivated by improving people’s well-being. To achieve this we need a good balance of economic and social development. The National Party is the only party that has the policies and people capable of delivering the kind of New Zealand I want to live in.

Meet the Candidate: Todd Muller

Todd Muller

Todd Muller is the next MP for Bay of Plenty. He was Waikato Young Nationals chairman in 1990, and President of Waikato Student union in 1992. Since then he’s worked in great New Zealand businesses like Zespri and Fonterra. We got to know him a bit better:

What is your number one policy priority for your time in Parliament?

I want to ensure conditions for successful exporting to the world are constantly improved and enhanced. We are a trading nation, so open access to world markets plays to our competitive advantage of producing safe and nutritious food back up by world class innovation and manufacturing excellence.

Having worked in agribusiness, what do you see as the role of primary industries in 21st century New Zealand?

Helen Clark once said she thought Agribusiness was New Zealand’s sunset industry. Well, we would have had a long dark night of economic suffering over the last 6 years if it wasn’t for those same agribusinesses! Primary Industries are the backbone of this country – for this to continue we need to ensure the environment for success is maintained – stable economic management, investment in market focused innovation, a balance of environmental and economic success, and increased investment in our people.

What is something about you that we should know, but don’t know already?

With Peter Douglas (formerly Prime Minister’s Office, in the Bolger years) we bought Nelson Mandela a batik shirt in a Maori design which the great man wore in NZ. We then both got to meet him and he personally signed his Long Walk to Freedom autobiography for us

What makes the Bay of Plenty a place you’d like to represent?

It truly is one of New Zealand’s special places. Productive heartland that can grow anything well, due to its climate, stunning beaches, beautiful coastline and harbour, and great people – many who have moved from elsewhere to make something for themselves and their families. I like the mix of young making their way in the world, intergenerational and new entrant farming and our more mature residents who have chosen the Bay for the next stage in their life’s journey. The Bay is still primarily made up of smaller communities that are welcoming and friendly to one another, and I like that about my home town.

Meet the Candidate: Andrew Bayly

Andrew Bayly

Andrew Bayly is National’s candidate in Hunua. His career before politics includes military service, farming, business ownership, accounting and finance. He has served in the British Parachute Regiment, and owned an award-winning horticultural recycling and compost business. We wanted to know a bit more about him:

What is your biggest policy goal – what do you want to change in New Zealand?

Last week, during John Key’s visit to the United States, the Chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve referred to our economy: “I’ve just heard a lot of very good things about [it]… it seems to be doing extremely well.” Indeed, growth has climbed to 3.8%, primary exports are at record highs, Crown debt is under control, and we are bringing expatriate Kiwis home. This is an incredible start, but it must be sustainable over the longer term. I aspire to be a part of this team that continues to create an environment where businesses can thrive and investment in health, education, infrastructure and housing follows.

In the Hunua Electorate, I am focused on ensuring the growth in new housing areas is well managed – it needs to be responsible growth. New housing developments should occur where it is appropriate and when they are linked to infrastructure such as water, roads and train services. When you get this balance right, you have a recipe for sustained growth that we can all feel comfortable with. In essence, it is about having vibrant communities that are well connected.

You walked to the South Pole a couple of years ago, what was the most memorable part?

Actually stepping off the Ilyushin aircraft onto the snow! It was the result of many years of planning and great to be finally in a position to climb four mountains (one unclimbed previously) and drag a sledge 112 kms to the South Pole. The other revealing aspect of visiting Antarctica is the visual assault on your eyes due to the exceptionally clear air – what looks like 5 kms away, is in fact 20 kms. In Antarctica this means you need to be very careful not to over-estimate distance and times, especially when you are high up on a mountain.

What is something about you that we wouldn’t already know, but should?

I have an identical twin brother – so be careful about which one you are talking to!

Who is someone that you aspire to be like in your political career?

Winston Churchill. The patience he displayed in his political career and command of the English language certainly distinguished him amongst his peers. His other interests and career also made him a much more interesting (and robust) character.

Five Young Kiwis who are Backing National

With just over 100 days to go until the election, hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders are already deciding to back National with their vote this year. They come from different backgrounds and points of view, and have a variety of different reasons for supporting National and John Key. Here are five young New Zealanders, and why they are each backing National and Team Key.

Bonnie

Bonnie, Librarian and Marine Science student from Auckland

I’m Backing National because… who wouldn’t want to party vote National? We’re kicking arse on the economy, welfare reform, justice, and health! I’ve been a party member since 2010, and I am so proud of the achievements this party has made in the past two terms. National has opened four marine reserves in this year alone, developed the EEZ Act to promote sustainable management in our waters, and funded research into learning about our amazing underwater environment. As someone who is particularly interested in marine conservation and science, these achievements have been amazing to watch.

 

Sam, Accounting grad from Christchurch

Sam, Accounting graduate from Christchurch

I’m Backing National because… well, the reason I’m backing National in 2014 can be summarised with one word, Opportunity. We all want the opportunity to succeed, to be rewarded for our hard work and to thrive in whatever we choose to do. We live in the best country in the world, and I back a government who delivers on equality of opportunity for all New Zealanders.

 

Anna, Law student from Dunedin

Anna, Law student from Dunedin

I’m Backing National… because within their latest term in government, the National Party under JK’s selfie-parading leadership, has brought us back into surplus, witnessed the changing of societal values through marriage equality and completed a number of outstanding Treaty settlements. This is a government that cares about the future of New Zealand families, and individual choice and freedom. Personal responsibility is a key (ha) value for the party, one that resonates well with most Kiwis. And I certainly want to live in a country that advocates for individual freedoms, choices, and challenges me to reach my potential.

 

Stefan from Auckland

Stefan, Commerce student from Auckland

I’m Backing National because… I got active in National just before the 2011 election. When Paula Bennett tells you to come and wave some signs in Henderson, you don’t bloody well argue! Jokes aside, I realised that National isn’t a party of fat cats, but hard working middle New Zealanders who believe in self-responsibility, reward for effort, and supporting the Kiwi battler. I heard the sacrifices members make for family and work in their daily lives, which mirror the struggles of everyone else in New Zealand. I decided I liked their aspiration and belief in National’s policy direction. I found myself agreeing with them, and wanting to be part of that positive direction.

 

James, History student from Auckland

I’m Backing National because… this is a party that knows what it’s doing. John Key’s decisive leadership has pulled New Zealand out of recession and National’s investment in health, education, infrastructure, and welfare has expanded the job market for many people. The National Party recognises and values diversity, and people from all walks of life. My parents worked hard to give me the best opportunities in life and taught me the value of hard work and individual responsibility. I believe National in government creates opportunities for everyone to succeed and achieve their personal goals in life.

 

Conference 2014

AGM

New Zealand Young Nationals 

Notice of Annual General Meeting 

27th June 2014

REGISTER TO ATTEND

This is to give notice that the New Zealand Young Nationals Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 27th June 2014 at National House, 41 Pipitea Street, in Wellington.

As per the Constitution and Rules of the New Zealand National Party, nominations for the National Executive must be supplied in writing by each region to the Secretary of the NZ Young Nationals, by 5pmFriday 13th June 2014. Regions are required to accompany those nominations with their most recent AGM and SGM minutes, which also verify the nominations.

Nominations for the following elected positions on the National Executive are open: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Policy Officer, Projects Co-ordinator and Grassroots Co-ordinator.

Adam Roland

Secretary

New Zealand Young Nationals

Meet the Candidate: Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith is National’s candidate for Kaikoura. He’s a grape grower who challenged a sitting MP for the right to be a candidate in this election – and won. We asked him a few questions about himself and what he hopes to achieve:

What is your number 1 policy priority – what do you hope to change as an MP?

My number one policy priority is water. Water for irrigation, management of water quality issues to maximise irrigation opportunities. Recreational fishing for blue cod in the Marlborough Sounds. A coastal feeder service for Picton to increase efficiency for producers and exporters. I am not waiting until I become a Member of Parliament to act, I have been involved in all but the Hurunui Water Project before becoming a candidate.

What is something that we should know about you that we don’t know already?

I once spent spring break in Cancun, Mexico with a couple of mates. Hotels were quite expensive but we found a very reasonably priced hotel that looked five star in the photos, with a swim up bar, an infinity pool, perfect. When we arrived just on dark it appeared as the photos had promised, the room was fantastic, we checked out the swim up bar and went out on the town for a good night. There is always a catch and in this case, the catch was that the hotel was still under construction. Everything from our floor down was complete including most the landscaping, but at 6am workers started with what sounded like jack hammers on the floor above us. Not good after a night out in the bars of Cancun. However we soon adapted to the wonderful custom of a siesta, it was a case of having to.

We fell into a pattern of getting up at 6am for a morning swim, lounging around the pool playing volley ball, body surfing or a day trip somewhere, followed by a long siesta. We would rise early evening go out for dinner then on to enjoy the local night life.

Lesson learned though, if something is cheaper than the competition, there has got to be a catch.

What made you want to stand for National? What inspires you politically?

My family has been involved with the National Party for as long as I can remember as has my wife, Julie’s, and with a farming and business background the National Party’s values and vision align with my own. During my time as Chairman of New Zealand Winegrowers I worked with Ministers in both the Helen Clark and John Key governments, a very interesting experience. National Government Ministers have an enabling attitude, their attitude is to keep the Government out of the way and to let business get on with it does best. I liked what I saw and wanted to get more involved and it went from there.

You’re a grape grower by profession – can you recommend a great Marlborough wine?

This will sound like a political answer, but it depends. Try as many different wines as you can in the price range you can afford, price is not always an indicator, but it is a good guide. Generally consumers who like in your face flavours and sweeter wines will find wines to their taste in the lower price bracket. Those with a taste for subtle wines with depth and complexity will find wines to their taste in the higher price range.

Wine lovers usually start out with taste preferences in the more in your face category and as their palate develops will look for more complex and subtle wines.

Meet the Candidate: Shane Reti

Shane Reti

Shane Reti is National’s candidate who hit the headlines for breaking up a fight in his electorate earlier this year. He’s a medical doctor and wants to be the next MP for Whangarei. We had a few questions for him: 

As an MP what do you hope to change in New Zealand society?

I would like to make geekiness cool and acceptable, to encourage students into the sciences. We need to move past improvisation and towards innovation.

What is something that we wouldn’t know about you that we probably should?

Bill Clinton was the motivational speaker at an expensive speaking engagement in Auckland a few years ago. I was a government appointed member of the Northland DHB and a member of the monthly Hospital Advisory Committee. The advisory committee needed a speaker for their monthly meeting and I suggested Bill Clinton as he was in town that month.

Everyone laughed and moved on. I, on the other hand, wrote to Bill and offered the invitation suggesting that while we could not afford a speakers fee we did have most delicious club sandwiches. The Northern Advocate picked this up at the next board meeting and before you knew it there were local competitions for “Where will we take Bill” if he comes to Whangarei!

Who is a political figure, past or present, that inspires you?

I am inspired by Georgina te Heuheu. Her path through the judicial system was persuasive and her grace and composure as an MP and a minister was exemplary.

If you were inviting John and Bronagh Key to your place, what would you cook for them, and why?

I love to cook and I would probably cook one of my favorites for John and Bronagh which is basically cold roast lamb with a range of side options including mashed potatoes, baby carrots, mint green peas, brown onion gravy, and a green side salad. The real Kiwi touch would be Rewena bread.

5 Things You Need to Know About The Budget

 

Young Nats Policy Chair Nick Cross breaks down the essential elements of today’s budget. 

1) Back into Surplus

The final budget delivered by Michael Cullen in 2008 predicted a decade of deficits, leaving a legacy of debt for today’s young New Zealanders. Despite running surpluses during the good times, Labour’s 3rd term spending binge had prepared New Zealand poorly for the GFC. This budget confirms that National has succeeded in turning that around in two terms, with a small surplus of $372 million predicted for the 2014/15 financial year. That surplus is set to grow to $1.3 billion in 15/16.

Most importantly the government is doing this without raising taxes which would burden the recovery. The government has also announced what might qualify as the most miniscule tax cut in history by abolishing cheque duty. Hopefully there will be more news on this front before the election.

2) Long Term Debt is tracking downwards

One of the government’s core goals was to get Net Core Crown Debt to 20% of GDP by 2020, and this budget shows we are on track to achieve that. That would effectively put debt at very manageable, pre-GFC levels. Debt was previously projected to blow out to 40% and beyond.

3) Economic Growth: Full Speed Ahead

You only need one figure: Real GDP growth is set to hit 4% or just under for 2014. That’s huge for New Zealand, and the growth will flow through to wages and jobs as it’s already doing.

Average weekly wages grew by 3.2% over the last year, with inflation being just 1.5%. There are also 84,000 more people with jobs now than a year ago, a figure that reflects National’s commitment not just to create jobs, but to help break the cycle of dependence for welfare recipients who previously wouldn’t have been looking for work (and thus wouldn’t have been considered unemployed). Labour force participation increases from 67.9% in 2013 to 69% in 2014.

4) Focus on the things that matter in Education

Rather than making the education portfolio a cash cow for middle class welfare recipients, the government continues to focus on the most vulnerable and in need. $359 million has been allocated towards the government’s executive teachers and principal’s policy to put top teachers into underperforming schools. $156 million more will go to early childhood education, which is where evidence shows the most difference can be made. Lifting participation in ECE has been a core benchmark for improving long term outcomes for those most in need. $11 million more will go into assisting vulnerable children, following the progress of Paula Bennett’s Vulnerable Children’s Bill.

5) A focus on Science, Innovation and Jobs in Tertiary

Of the $198.6 million more allocated towards tertiary education, $136 million goes towards science and innovation in the tertiary portfolio. This will ensure lower fees for many courses in science, agriculture and health through a fee subsidy. $57 million more goes into science and $58 million into research and development. Science is a key part of the long term future of the New Zealand economy. There is also funding for 6000 more apprentices and $100 million to assist those on welfare into work. This will assist with unemployment falling to 4.4% over the next three years.