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Upper Hutt Leader : November 23rd 2011
39 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 NEWS JONATHAN FLETCHER FOR RIMUTAKA Rimutaka is my home. I live here, my kids go to school here, and Im committed to working for our community to build a brighter future for us all. Im committed to Rimutaka. www. onathan etcher.co.n www.national.org.n Authorised by Jonathan Fletcher, 14 Beechwood Way, Upper Hutt GENERAL ELECTION 2011 Welcome to our general election 2011 questionnaire for Rimutaka and the Maori seat of Ikaroa-Rawhiti. There are four candidates, including sitting MPs, standing in each seat for the electorate vote. Electors also have the full range of parties to choose from for their party vote. We asked each of the candidates for Rimutaka and Ikaroa-Rawhiti for brief biographical details and their answers to the questions: What has prompted you to seek election or re-election? Why should people vote for you? What new policy of your party excites you the most and why should people give their party vote to your party? CONTINUED Page 40 ELECTIONS 2011 Rimutaka JONATHAN FLETCHER, National. Lives Te Marua, 39, community involvement includes church, cor- porate volunteering schemes, Civil Defence, Police. National Party mem- ber since around 1986. Standing because: My patriotism to New Zealand and desire to serve our country and community. My belief that with the right leadership our chil- dren, our families and our com- munities can reach their full potential upon a platform of integ- rity and character. Vote because: If you would like a representa- tive who understands family life and the challenges of the working and middle class but is able to listen to and represent all of Rimutaka s interests in Parlia- ment then people should vote for me. Most exciting new policy: Prioritising the balancing of the books without growing our debt -- I know it doesn t sound exciting, but it shows that we have the economic platform to build a brighter future -- more jobs, higher pay, better education, better health, greater options and opportunities for our families. Party vote: We ve reined in spending, gained control of government debt, and started growing the economy and jobs. 43,000 new jobs in the last year, economic growth in eight of the last nine quarters, after-tax wage growth of 18 per cent. 27,000 more elective surgeries. We ve improved our roads, rail and broadband. We re cleaning up our rivers and lakes. If elected we want to continue to improve our health, education, environment and infrastructure. We want to continue the drop in crime. We are growing the government s assets but not it s debt. A vote for National is a vote for a brighter future. ALWYN COURTENAY, ACT. I have been an ACT Party mem- ber since the party s inception and have decided to put my name for- ward as a candidate for the first time at the 2011 election. I have lived in the Hutt Val- ley for 36 years, includ- ing both Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt and have a keen interest in tramping, having served as a com- mittee member of the Hutt Valley Tramping Club. Standing because: I have put my name forward as a candidate for the first time because I believe that New Zea- land is at a critical point. Our economy faces many challenges and the right decisions must be made today to ensure a good tomorrow for New Zealand and New Zealanders. Vote because: I am standing for ACT to ask for your party vote, not for the elec- torate vote. Only ACT can push National to implement the econ- omic reforms we need to get the New Zealand economy moving, create jobs, increase wages and make a better life for all New Zea- landers. If you agree that we need to get New Zealand back on track, please give ACT your party vote this election. Most exciting new policy: We desperately need to address youth unemployment in New Zea- land. Labour abolished the youth minimum wage claiming that this would mean young people would be paid more. Instead they re sit- ting at home on the couch getting only $4/hour on the unemploy- ment benefit. ACT would reintroduce the youth minimum wage because we think having young people in work, getting experience, getting a foot in the door -- even at$10anhour --is better than them having no job at all.If you agree, then party vote ACT!
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