Welcome to our July 2019 newsletter
I congratulate the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) team for successful launch of the interplanetary expedition. The unique aspect of this expedition was it being led by two women - Muthaya Vanitha, the Project Director and Ritu Karidhal, the mission Director have led a successful launch of. I congratulate ISRO, the Republic of India and its citizens on behalf of New Zealand, who is the first country to give women their right to vote.
I, along with all of New Zealand and New Zealanders congratulate our Silver Ferns Team on wining the Netball world cup. Their professionalism and work ethic are characteristics that all of us can learn from.
Congratulations also to the New Zealand Cricket Team on reaching and competing to the best of their ability in the Cricket world cup 2019 finals. The Black Caps made us all proud in how they played the sport.
Recently, I was invited to attend the 25th anniversary celebrations of Shanti Niwas. Mrs Indu Bajaj put in the efforts to setup Shanti Niwas with her aim to support seniors of Indian and Ethnic Communities. The mantle is now carried over nicely by Mrs Nilima Venkat and Mrs Jyoti Prashar and their team. Also at the event was Bhavdeep Dhillon, Honorary Council of India to New Zealand at the celebrations
The New Zealand National Party (NZNP) and as its member I value our environment. Equally, I and the NZNP understand the need to balance this with economic and job growth. As part of my initiative to encourage my constituents to encourage using eco-friendly bags I used the winter Parliamentary break to distribute washable cotton bags around the Otara farmers markets, the local retirement villages and door knocking.
Recently, my colleagues and I received a petition opposing the decriminalisation of abortion. A total of 13,249 people signed the petition.
Businesses are also regularly petitioning this Government to listen to their concerns. Due to bad decisions of this Labour led coalition Government, New Zealand Households are going into their shells because we fear next year economic conditions will worsen. With little to support spending growth in the near-term. The stagnating labour market and the potential for house prices to fall both threaten to drag consumer confidence further below its long-term average. Household’s income and wealth are now both under pressure as per forecasting firm Infometrics. Businesses are unwilling to commit to capital expenditure and have stopped hiring activity, due to with businesses uncertain about the global economic outlook and the effects of domestic policy changes.
Apart from grand promises made to businesses Labour has abandoned its plans to upgrade the Office of Ethnic Communities into a ministry. The Government will not upgrade the Office of Ethnic Communities to a ministry, despite its pre-election promise. Community advocates and organisations have come to me and advised how disappointed they are at the decision, as they believed a dedicated ministry would add clout and visibility to the challenges and opportunities faced by ethnic communities. The Labour Party’s 2017 election manifesto included a commitment to upgrade the Office of Ethnic Communities – previously the Office of Ethnic Affairs – to the Ministry of Ethnic Communities. Community groups have long advocated for the establishment of a ministry, in recognition of the growing number of Kiwis from diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds, and the challenges and opportunities that has created. They believe the office lacks relevance and credibility in its current structure.
Finally, I would like to use this opportunity to remind you that I hold regular consultation clinics at my office on Kolmar Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland.
If you would like to provide feedback or discuss any issues with me please call Rahul Chopra 09 278 9302 to make an appointment. Rahul is also a Justice of the Peace and can assist you with his services too.
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
National List MP