Baker’s Banter- 03 October

So the election is done, the voting over and now we sit back and wait to see who we have as a Government. Where we head in a variety of directions, what will be delivered from all the promises and most importantly when. For us in Franklin, it is within the ‘when’ that the biggest differences lie. The incumbent Government […]

Nats take it out, but Labour makes the big gains

“Let’s do this!” was Labour’s byline. On Saturday night as the election drew to a close, it seemed the message had gotten through. At least to many in the Hunua and Waikato electorates. With a party vote increase from 13.1% to 20.9%* in the Hunua electorate, and 14.7% to 23.2%* in the Waikato electorate, Labour made the big gains on […]

National to complete Mill Road corridor if re-elected

The National Party have committed to completing a number of transport projects in Auckland if re-elected, including the Mill Road Corridor and electrification to Pukekohe. Transport Spokesperson for the National Party, Simon Bridges, says there is a need to continue building infrastructure and transport systems to ensure New Zealand’s ongoing economic prosperity. “In Auckland, the commercial capital of New Zealand, […]

Where to vote

      You can vote from Monday 11 September to Friday 22 September at any advance voting place. You can also enrol, check or update your details at the same time. On election day, Saturday 23 September, all voting places will be open from 9.00am to 7.00pm. Advance Voting Places If you want to vote before election day, for any reason, […]

Making history in Hunua

According to Jon Reeves, candidate for New Zealand First, the Hunua electorate could be in for a great surprise in this general election, with the Hunua electorate having two Members of Parliament. With the New Zealand First candidate, Jon Reeves, being ranked on the party list at 16, there could be two MPs with offices in Pukekohe. “If elected via […]

Candidates meet as election nears

The election rolls around every three years. For those who argue that politics is boring, think again, as this year has been one of the juiciest ever. With shock confessions and resignations, it’s like something out of a TV drama. However, no matter how much is printed or broadcast about the election, it seems the public’s interest is not there. […]

Preservation of the prohibition on shop trading on Easter Sunday in Auckland

The preservation of the prohibition on shop trading on Easter Sunday in Auckland has been welcomed by Manurewa-Papakura Ward Councillor Daniel Newman. “Easter Sunday should remain a day of reverence for those who believe in the resurrection, and a day of rest for all. “I do not believe liberalising shop trading on Easter Sunday, one of the few remaining days […]

PM visits for national announcement

Prime Minister Bill English was at Balle Bros. in Pukekohe last week to announce a new trade policy for the National Government. In front of national and local media the Prime Minister described the action as, “the next big push on agreements.” “It’s about opening the markets for New Zealanders,” he said. “We’re very pleased to be pushing on with […]

Pukekohe the real winner

National Party policy announcement of $130 million injection to electrify line between Papakura and Pukekohe. National is committing up to $267 million of investment over the next three years in the Auckland and Wellington commuter rail networks to support future passenger growth, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “Pukekohe commuters are set to save around 11 minutes in travel […]

Hunua electorate seat contested

Ian Cummings has announced that he will be campaigning for electorate votes as an Independent MP for Hunua. “I look forward to the opportunity to engage voters and win their confidence to represent them in parliament as their local member of parliament (MP). I believe I can give Andrew Bayly, the sitting MP, a good run for his money. As […]