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Taranaki brings in Global Travel Award!
By now you would have heard the news that Lonely Planet has named Taranaki as the Second Best Region to visit in 2017.  Lonely Planet are regarded as one of the worlds top travel agencies, so this international exposure to our stunning region can't come at a better time for us all.  In my campaign in 2014 I talked about our need to increase our tourism capability including the establishment of the Pouakai Crossing as a premiere one day walk.  Mt Taranaki is the jewel in our crown, and the Pouakai Crossing is the flagship experience we can offer the world to rival the Tongariro Crossing. 

It is an exciting time for our region, and we are already seeing growth with our commercial accommodation nights growing 9.2% in the year to the end of August 2016, with international numbers growing 21.6%.  We have a positive 'Team Taranakli' collective approach from all authorities both local and central government around the region, and as we work towards building our tourism and economic strategy we will see Taranaki continue to go from strength to strength.
Pouakai Tarns with Mt Taranaki
Rt Hon John Key - New Plymouth Electorate Vist
Visit with Plunket New Plymouth
It was a full and eventful day here in New Plymouth last Friday with the Rt Hon John Key visiting the New Plymouth Electorate. It started with a  visit to the New Plymouth Plunket Centre where the Prime Minister met with staff and a local mums group.  Plunket last month launched an ambitious 1000-day campaign to raise awareness of the vital role that the charity plays in the first 1000 days of a child’s life.
Plunket is in the unique position of being able to provide that all-important care in the first 1000 days, with its nurses visiting the homes of 90% of all children born in New Zealand.
Its 1000 Days to Raise a Bundle campaign will help it to raise the $4 million that it needs each year to continue its work in the community, and to ensure it is able to provide these important services when and where they are needed.
Click here to find out more.
Visit with International Volunteer HQ
IVHQ, the creation of local Dan Radcliffe, is an International Volunteer Travel Agency placing tens of thousands of people in over 30+ countries around the world.  Checking out their new premises on Devon Street provided a great opportunity to showcase one of the worlds leading volunteer agencies that is based right here in New Plymouth. Click here for more info.
Business & Community Leaders Luncheon
The Rt Hon John Key addressed a full room of local business and community leaders over lunch at the Plymouth Hotel.  Talking about everything from the economy, trade, environment and rugby, it was an informative and fantastic event.
Golf Event - New Plymouth Golf Club
A sunny golf afternoon (well a slight shower and southerly winds!) at the Ngamotu Golf Course was enjoyed by 17 golf teams playing an Ambrose match with guest golfer Rt Hon John Key.  The rumors are true, the Prime Minister is an exceptional golfer! A great afternoon was had by all, with prizes, an auction, sausage sizzle and great hospitality by Simon Rowe at the  Ngamotu Club.

'Lost Paradise' was officially opened on Thursday night, a magical garden display which is part of the Powerco Garden Spectacular.  This is a must visit and is at the Totara Dell (off the carpark at the TSB Stadium). Check here for all festival information.
Waitara & Opunake Small Business Visits
Hon Craig Foss - Minister for Small Business will be visiting Taranaki in November and I will be hosting a morning tea for businesses in Waitara on Wednesday 23rd November.  If you are interested in attending please click here to register or for more information.
Opunake Business Association will be hosting Minister Foss the same evening.
Waitara clinic - catch up with your local MP
I hold regular meetings in Waitara & Opunake to provide the opportunity for anyone who wants to chat or talk about anything that may be of concern.  The next Waitara clinic will be on Monday 7th November  10am - 12pm at the Waitara Community Centre.
New Zealand has been ranked the top country in the world for ease of doing business.  This World Bank ranking highlights the good work this Government is doing to reduce the cost of doing business and create a competitive and productive economy that provides more and better paying jobs.
The World Bank’s Doing Business report, which is an annual study measuring government regulations and their effect on business across 190 countries, puts us at No. 1 for the first time. For the past two years we have ranked second after Singapore.
The report is made up of 10 different indicators that affect the life of a business. New Zealand ranks first in half of these including starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, getting credit, and protecting minority investors.
Prisoners give new life to old state houses

More than 100 state houses that would otherwise have been demolished have been given a new lease on life through a partnership between Housing New Zealand and Corrections that refurbishes the homes and also gives prisoners valuable work skills.

At Rolleston Prison in Christchurch, more than 40 houses have been restored since the ‘Second Chance’ scheme began in 2013. Another 17 are currently being refurbished and 42 have been delivered to the prison and await work.  These are old social houses that were destined to be knocked down because they were either in the wrong place, no longer fit for purpose, or damaged in the Canterbury quakes.
Through this partnership the houses are moved inside the prisons, refurbished by prisoners, then re-sited elsewhere to provide a home for a family in need.

We are committed to tackling P and other drugs. We have confirmed another $15 million will be invested in anti-drug initiatives. Click here to read more

Monday 31st October
West End School visit
Community Connect - National Party
Lola de lay Haye - 107th Birthday visit
Meeting - Barbara Mckerrow
Meeting - Spotswood College Principal Mark Bowden

Tuesday 1st November
Parliament sitting
Zespri Cocktail Function

Wednesday 2nd November
Parliament sitting
Law & Order Select Committee
Book Launch

Thursday 3rd November
Parliament sitting
Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committee

Friday 4th November

Meeting - Bishops Action Foundation
Meeting - Regional Tourism
Constituent appointments
Meeting - Effinity

Saturday 5th November
TSB Bank Business Excellence Awards

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