Class of 2014

September 23, 2014

Prime Minister-elect John Key, his deputy Bill English and the new national MPs:

Bill English and I were proud to welcome National’s 15 new MPs to Parliament this morning.

 


Jono Naylor Nat candidate for Palmerston North

May 25, 2014

Palmerston North mayor Jono Naylor has been selected as the National candidate for the electorate of the same name.

Mr Naylor was selected by a meeting of local party members today.

“Palmerston North communities strongly backed National’s return to Government last election, and I know Jono will run a strong campaign to maintain that support and give our communities a strong voice in John Key’s National Party.”

Mr Naylor’s candidacy follows 13 years involvement in local body politics. He served as a City Councillor for six years before his election as Mayor in 2007.

“It is a privilege to serve Palmerston North as Mayor, and while this is not a decision I have made lightly, I firmly believe that I can better serve the interests of the city through representation at a central government level,” said Mr Naylor.

“I believe that the best future for all New Zealanders will be achieved through the re-election of a National-led Government.”

“Under the leadership of John Key and National, Palmerston North is seeing the benefits of a stronger economy, more investment in research and development, and a Government which understands the crucial role of education for our future.”

“I will be working hard to gain the support of Palmerston North to give our city a strong voice in Parliament after 20 September.”

“If elected to Parliament, I intend to resign as mayor of Palmerston North.”

Success in local body elections doesn’t always translate into success in central government elections.

But a popular mayor will have a head start in campaigning and this selection will make the race for Palmerston North one to watch.


Jono Naylor seeks Nat candidacy for P Nth.

May 13, 2014

Palmerston mayor Jono Naylor is hoping to swap the council chamber for the debating one.

Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor has announced that he is seeking the National Party’s nomination to contest the Palmerston North electorate at the 2014 General Election. The Party’s Palmerston North Pre-selection Committee has accepted Mr Naylor’s application and confirms it is the sole application.

“National runs a fair and democratic selection process and Mr Naylor’s nomination will still be voted on by a selection meeting of local party members later this month,” confirmed Regional Chair Malcolm Plimmer.

Mr Naylor’s involvement in local body politics spans the past 13 years. He served as a City Councillor for six years before his election as Mayor in 2007.

“It is a privilege to serve Palmerston North as Mayor, and while this is not a decision I have made lightly, I firmly believe that I can better serve the interests of the city through representation at a central government level. I believe that the best future for all New Zealanders will be achieved through the re-election of a National-led Government,” said Mr Naylor.

“During my time as Mayor we have seen a significant positive shift in the perception people have of the city, and what had been a previously divisive council has developed into a cohesive group that have seen positive outcomes for the city.

“I have worked to help the city move forward and capitalise on its competitive advantages.

“Our city is growing, with population growth that has exceeded the national average for four of the past five years, and the establishment of a successful model for attraction of jobs and investment into the region including overseas investment.

“We’ve restructured the Council’s financial policies to ensure we are now repaying debt – something that had not been achieved in the 14 years prior – and refocused community funding models to ensure they are delivering on outcomes rather than giving handouts.

“We have successfully resolved the boundary issues with Manawatu District bringing our communities closer together and have developed a Regional Development Strategy that has set a blueprint for the development of the region based on key economic drivers.

“Under the leadership of John Key and National, Palmerston North is seeing the benefits of a stronger economy, more investment in research and development, and a Government which understands the crucial role of education for our future.

“If selected I hope to gain the support of Palmerston North to give our city a strong voice in Parliament after 20 September.”

“If elected to Parliament in September, I intend to resign as mayor of Palmerston North.”

Palmerston North is a red blot in the North Island’s blue hinterland and a strong, popular and well-known candidate like Naylor will have a good chance of turning it blue.

 


One Plan biggest threat to farming

December 26, 2012

A report on the economic impact of Horizon Council’s One Plan says it is the biggest threat facing farming.

. . . The 44-page report, just released, is the last in a series on key economic sectors commissioned by Palmerston North City and Manawatu District councils to highlight their importance to the local region.

The report, prepared by Massey University economics student Carla Muller, highlights the importance of agriculture to the rural community and to Palmerston North. It says in 2011 agriculture directly contributed $268 million to the region and indirectly $80 million. The report estimates agriculture accounts for 25% of Manawatu district’s GDP and 1.5% of Palmerston North’s GDP. On average, every dairy herd in the region has a return (before tax) of $139,519; sheep and beef farms return, before tax, $213,841.

But the report singles out One Plan as the biggest threat to farming in the region, saying it will have a potentially large impact on “farming practices and the farming landscape”. It goes on to say that it’s hard to quantify the exact impact until the court issues are resolved.

Palmerston North mayor Jono Naylor (pictured)  told Rural News his greatest concern about One Plan is the lack of resolution of the issues involved. With agriculture such a big part of the region’s economy it’s important concerns over viability and productivity are quickly resolved, he says.

“I think agriculture is taken for granted by a lot of New Zealanders. I don’t think a lot of people realise that the lifestyle we live today in the cities is on the back of the work done on farms. It’s a huge part of our economy and the rest of us re-circulate the money [farmers] generate.”

Naylor says the multiplier effect in Manawatu region from agriculture is big. “There is the direct impact from the farmers and the money they spend, which then generates jobs in the industries servicing the agricultural sector – education in agriculture, research institutions, and a lot of our manufacturing.” . . .

The challenge to councils and farmers is to come up with a plan and farming practices which ensure water quality is at an acceptable standard without compromising the viability of businesses which make such an important economic contribution to the region, and the country.


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