Kuaotunu vision great for region
Scott Simpson Coromandel MP
Our beautiful natural environment is important to me and all New Zealanders. Recently, I attended a useful meeting at the Kuaotunu Hall to discuss a ‘biosphere’ vision for the future of the Kuaotunu peninsula. The meeting was organised by Opito, Otama and Kuaotunu ratepayers’ associations and included representatives from most of the local environmental groups, Ngati Hei and the Department of Conservation. All these groups are essential to protecting and enhancing the local environment. What is being considered for the Kuaotunu area might be extended to other parts of the Coromandel electorate and across the Hauraki Plains. It was great to swap notes and ideas about how we can work toward a common goal. It was clear that all involved are passionate about conserving what makes the Coromandel a special place to live and I’m really optimistic about the future. There were terrific turnouts at my community meetings in Whitianga and Thames. It was clear that people were concerned about recent policy announcements, such as the centralisation of the health system, and how local voices will be diminished. I share those concerns and I really appreciated the chance to have some robust discussions with everyone who came to the meetings. Great to spend time with the Paeroa Fire Brigade as they awarded Ross Paul his Gold Star for 25 years of service. This award was meant to be given to Ross last year, but Covid restrictions delayed the presentation. So the Brigade and Ross’ family and friends gathered to acknowledge the 26 years he has served the Paeroa Community. I’m always impressed by these volunteers and the remarkable service they provide to the community. Volunteering is not without sacrifice, as it often comes at the expense of time with family and friends. To Ross and his family, thank you for your support and service.