As a former mayor for North Shore, Andrew understood very clearly what was needed for our communities and recognised that New Zealand First’s policies and principles have been of great assistance to many people.
Andrew is a 5th generation New Zealander. He is married with three children and lives on the North Shore, Auckland. In his spare time Andrew enjoys tramping, boating, camping, fishing, swimming and golf
New Zealand First introduced the Super Gold Card with free seniors’ public transport, raised superannuation to 66% of the average wage, helped those with hearing disabilities, introduced free doctors’ visits for under six year olds, negotiated 1,000 extra police, saved the racing industry, and raised the minimum wage for youth.
Andrew is proud to be a New Zealand First Member of Parliament and is looking forward to helping introduce more such policies and to continue the extensive work he was involved in at local government level. People know that he’s a man of action who gets results, instrumental in sorting out many problems and issues for people over the years.
New Zealand First wants to introduce one free doctor’s visit yearly for SuperGold Card holders and a $10 cap thereafter, along with more assistance for our veterans. We are pushing for employer incentives for youth apprenticeships and the introduction of a dollar-for-dollar payment subsidy on student debt for students who stay and work in New Zealand. Social initiatives including Family Start Programmes to break the cycle of bad parenting, equal access to health care and we want health professionals to have the tools to fight early childhood disease.
New Zealand First has a seven-point plan to rebuild our economy, particularly our most important export sector, to keep jobs in New Zealand. Outsourcing to low wage countries will end. NZ First will introduce a bold set of tax incentives to encourage private savings - the first $10,000 of interest earned would become tax free. We will introduce government guaranteed inflation proof bonds – eligible to New Zealand citizens resident in New Zealand only – that will pay the inflation rate (measured by the CPI) plus 2.5%.
New Zealand First opposes state asset sales, and the sale of our farmland. Our power stations and rivers belong to the people. No Government has the right to sell these priceless public assets - our ‘family silverware’! We will impose strict restrictions on foreign land ownership.
New Zealand First knows that ALL New Zealanders own our foreshore and seabed. It should always be in Crown hands for us all.