2014 has been a topsy-turvy year, as everybody knows, it was a very tough political environment. However, we had the hugely satisfying win in September, giving us the opportunity to extend the gains we’ve made as a country over the past six years. We look forward to 2015 in the hope that the important conversations we have over public policy can be carried out in a positive atmosphere.
Economically, New Zealand has been doing very well. Economic growth is strong, inflation low, interest rates are still relatively low, and business confidence is still strong. Yet, internationally the picture is still very mixed, with storm clouds gathering over Russia, Europe is still flat, and China’s growth is slowing. The lower dairy prices remind us we can take nothing for granted, and we must remain focused on improving New Zealand’s international competitiveness. The strong and stable economic leadership we’ve enjoyed these past six years, led by John Key and Bill English, is required now as much as ever.
In Epsom, the streets are busy with last-minute shopping expeditions. I had the pleasure of participating in the Festival of Nine Lessons at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. The cathedral was full and looking magnificent after its internal make-over.
In the National-led Government, List MP Paul Goldsmith is the Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and the Associate Minister for ACC. This website is funded by The Parliamentary Service and authorised by Paul Goldsmith MP, 107 Great South Rd, Epsom.