Senior minister visits Pukekohe
On Sunday 3 December, Senior Government Minister, the Honourable Shane Jones who is Minister for Regional Economic Development, Forestry and Infrastructure visited Pukekohe to speak at a luncheon along with his colleague and one of the newest MPs in Parliament Jenny Marcroft.
The luncheon, which was organised by Jon Reeves of New Zealand First Hunua Electorate, enabled the public and party members to listen to and talk with both Members of Parliament. Pukekohe stands to benefit by the New Zealand First plan to upgrade railways for inter-regional passenger trains between Hamilton and Auckland.
Jenny Marcroft highlighted that New Zealand First is taking particular interest in the arable soils around Pukekohe which are regarded as the top three percent in the world for fertility, yet the rural land has been developed for low density housing. “The long term loss of food production is a cause for concern,” she said.
Organiser Jon Reeves said he was pleased with the turn out for the annual Christmas Luncheon at the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club which was the largest one NZ First Hunua had organised. “I will organise another Mid Winter Luncheon in June with key NZ First Members of Parliament. This is a perfect opportunity for members of the public in the Hunua electorate have to talk with Senior Government Ministers.”