Jono Naylor Nat candidate for Palmerston North

25/05/2014

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.

13/05/2014

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

26/12/2012

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.


Centralising specialist services can be better

08/02/2012

A shortage of specialists has resulted in a plan to move specialist maternity care from Whanganui to Palmerston North.

At the moment specialist care, such as medical inductions and epidurals, are provided at both Wanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals.

The proposed move of specialist care to Palmerston North could have a direct impact on up to 400 woman in Wanganui.

the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards the change is being driven by a shortage of specialist staff.

Problems with recruiting and retaining obstetrics and gynaecology specialists at both boards has reached a level where current arrangements can’t continue without risking the safety and quality of the care.

Women having uncomplicated births won’t be affected.

This will cause an outcry in Whanganui but centralising specialist services can be better for patients, staff and budgets.

Patients get the high level care they need, staff get more collegial support, and the budget for equipment doesn’t have to cover two locations.

North Otago women have had to go to Dunedin for specialist care for years. Providing the mother and baby don’t require on-going specialist care they are able to transfer back to Oamaru soon after the birth.

 


MP scores own-goal

17/04/2011

Sitting MPs ought to be out and about in their communities and in the media just doing their jobs which puts them in front of the public without the need to be deliberately campaigning.

It’s much harder for a new candidate who has the challenge of getting known without these free opportunities.

How silly then was the Palmerston North MP to give his rival, National Party candidate free publicity, and publicity in which he came off second best at that?

The first shots have been fired in the battle to win Palmerston North at this year’s general election, with National candidate Leonie Hapeta accusing Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway of practising “nasty politics”.

Mr Lees-Galloway and about 15 supporters gathered outside Mrs Hapeta’s Hotel Coachman about 5pm on Monday – protesting against the Government’s plans to sell state-owned assets.

Mrs Hapeta said she felt attacked by the protesters, who held signs and waved at vehicles on both sides of Fitzherbert Ave.

“Having not met Iain since I became the candidate, I went out to introduce myself, and ask him why he was attacking my business, rather than holding the protest outside my campaign office,” she said.

The National campaign office will be based inside the old GQ Clothing building on Broadway Ave, but has not yet opened.

“He was not able to answer this simple question, and seemed quite surprised I was willing to talk civilly to him rather than yell abuse at him.”

But Mr Lees-Galloway, who is Labour’s Defence and Land Information spokesman, said the location was chosen by his Young Labour supporters because of the heavy traffic flow.

“There was no intention to target Leonie’s business and it hadn’t even crossed my mind,” he said.

“Yeah, when I got there I thought: `OK we’re outside the Coachman’ but it was no plan on my part.”

If he didn’t know it’s her business he’s failed to do his homework and it’s lost him the first round.

Hapeta 1 – Lees-Galloway 0 as the result of an own-goal.

Hat Tip: Kiwiblog


Tuesday’s answers

23/03/2010

Monday’s questions were:

1. What are you playing if you hear man alive, doctor’s orders, clikety click, two fat ladies and top of the shop?

2. Monrovia is the capital of which country?

3. What is an eponym?

4. Who said: Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.

5. Which is New Zealand’s second windiest city?

Inventory 2 got one and a bonus for explaining doctor’s orders.

Deborah got two.

David got three.

PDM got two.

Gravedodger get’s the electronic bunch of flowers for four right – so nearly five because he mentioned Palmerston North.

Rob got three and a bonus for lingusitic reasoning with #4.

Paul got three right. Who’s Larry McMurtry?

I’m writing this on Monday evening and scheduling it for Tuesday afternoon, if anyone answers the quiz after this and before it’s published s/he’ll have to score her/himself.

The answers follow the break:

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