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It is an enormous privilege to be re-selected as the National Party’s candidate to contest the Pakuranga electorate at next year’s election for the honour of serving this community for three more years, says Simeon Brown, MP for Pakuranga.

“Representing Pakuranga as the local MP for the last two years has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of my life.”

“Getting to know the people who live here and those in the wider East Auckland community has taught me so much and continues to energise me in this role I love. There is simply no doubt that Pakuranga is the best place in the country to live and raise a family, as my wife Rebecca and I have come to learn personally since the birth of our daughter Anna six months ago.”

“Pakuranga is not without its challenges, and I have worked hard during my first term as MP to understand the key issues in our area and advocate strongly for positive solutions.”

“Traffic congestion continues to be the most pressing issue in our community, and while the AMETI/Eastern Busway is finally underway concerns remain around the overall project and the delays to the Reeves Road Flyover. This will be a key plank of my local campaign next year and a primary focus of my second term as MP if I’m fortunate to be re-elected.”

“Protecting our local environment is also at the top of my agenda, and this includes ongoing battles around issues like the Stockade Hill viewshaft and keeping our parks and beaches clean. I have worked closely with our local representatives in Council on these issues and will continue to do so if Pakuranga asks me to.”

“Pakuranga has also been heavily impacted by the poor decision-making of the Labour/NZF/Green government, with increased fuel taxes and higher living costs and rent hitting a large number of local residents hard.”

“There are also wider implications to be realised from policies in areas like education and health, with large-scale reforms and funding issues across the spectrum. Pakuranga’s school system is arguably the best in the nation, and our local health network is at capacity.”

“As the local MP it is my responsibility to be the voice for this community and to ensure these problems are understood and addressed at the very top. I strongly believe a National government is the best way to improving the lives of those who live here, and I will be campaigning hard on the issues that matter to Pakuranga.”

“I am looking forward to the next 12 months as we head into election year in 2020. I have had a wonderful time meeting local residents, community groups, schools, businesses, and everything in between since I was first elected, and I am incredibly grateful for the experience so far.”

“Thank you to all those who have supported me the last two years, and I hope to earn your support again to continue as your MP for Pakuranga.”

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