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Simeon's November 2019 email newsletter.

Simeon Says
November 2019

Dear Friends,

It has been an eventful last month in East Auckland as the community begins preparing for the end of the year, with several school galas and other events taking place. Below is my monthly email newsletter with an update on a number of local and national issues:
  • Botany's new National candidate, and the Local Board's new Chair
  • Student activists for the Labour Party
  • National's latest discussion document on social welfare
  • Midnight Madness is back!

Congratulations Chris Luxon and Adele White

Change is in the air in East Auckland with a couple of big announcements earlier this week about the future representation of our community.

Firstly, the National Party members in Botany have selected Christopher Luxon as their candidate to contest the Botany electorate at next years election. Christopher brings an immense amount of experience and knowledge to our team and I know he's going to be a fantastic candidate and undoubtedly a hard-working MP for Botany. Support for National remains strong in the Botany electorate and Christopher has already hit the ground running to introduce himself to locals in the area. I will be working hard to support Christopher and look forward to working closely with him on behalf of East Auckland.

I also want to congratulate Adele White, a long-serving member of the Howick Local Board who was this week elected to serve as the new Chair. Adele replaced David Collings who nominated her in his place, and I want to thank David for his service in this role over the last six years. I know Adele well, and her commitment and passion for East Auckland is as strong as ever. Our community will be ably-served by her leadership, experience, and knowledge of local issues, and I look forward to continuing my close relationship with the entirety of the Local Board.

National Centre for Student Voice

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has proposed to establish a "National Centre for Student Voice" - essentially a political training ground for Labour Party activists which will be a colossal waste of taxpayers money. National believes students need strong voices and those voices must be heard, however an organisation like this will end up training future Labour Ministers with public money.

Out of the 16 current Labour Cabinet Ministers, four were presidents of their university Student Associations, including Minister Hipkins himself, Finance Minister Grant Robertson, and previous Labour Party Leader Andrew Little. The Minister should focus on making the current system work well, not asking taxpayers for another expensive centre that trains future Labour MPs.

Social Welfare Discussion Document

National has released its fifth Discussion Document, which focuses on social services outlining a range of policies and proposals that would enable Kiwis to gain economic independence and lead better lives. This document is part of the biggest policy development process by an Opposition ever, so come 2020 we’ll be ready to govern.

Some key proposals include setting targets to reduce the number of children in benefit-dependent homes, ensuring gang members and associates can’t access welfare if they receive illegal income, and supporting Housing First to move people off the street and into stable housing. National believes social services should be a hand-up, not a hand-out, so we’re proposing solutions that address the diverse needs of all Kiwis. Have a look through the document and have your say by clicking here.

Midnight Madness in Howick

Midnight Madness is back in the Howick Village later this month and like last year I will have a stall at this event. This annual staple of the local calendar is being held on Friday 22 November from 5:00pm, and Picton Street will be closed from 4:00pm. Please come along to say hi or chat about politics, grab a balloon or a photo, and see if you can figure out how many jellybeans we have this year.

As always, please feel free to get in touch about any issues you may need assistance with, or concerns you want to bring to my attention - I am always happy to help.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and I hope to see you soon.

Kind regards,

Simeon Brown
Member of Parliament for Pakuranga

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