To all Members and supporters,
Xmas has now past for another year and so has the New Year and we wish you all a prosperous and happy 2021.
Gosh 2021. Who can believe it when we were faced with major calamity when the year 2000 came along. I recall sitting up all night watching all of the websites I was managing as the experts had predicted a shutdown and loss of data, banks would lose all our money, computers would crash, but alas the sun rose next morning and the world carried on in its mad state. Now 21 years later we are still talking about the same issues and very little has changed. Climate change, pollution, over fishing, personal freedoms and poisons still dominate.
Having said all that we are very lucky to be living in such a beautiful country. Free of all the illness shutting down much of the world. Having just spent a week at Great Barrier Island catching fish and relaxing on pristine beaches it was hard to think of our friends and family suffering in lock down in other parts of the world.
Now that the election is over and we have all rested it is time to start planning to keep the issues we are passionate about to the fore. Obviously the election was not kind to our party but we still need to persevere in highlighting our issues as no one else will.
The candidates had a get together prior to Xmas at the Tongarporutu Pa in Northern Taranaki to unwind and get to know each better, which was a great success. We were made extremely welcome and we all learnt a lot more about marae protocol. Our hosts put on a brilliant and delicious hangi on the Saturday evening with venison, wild pork and lamb. On the Sunday morning we all visited the Pascoes farm in the Maungakeke Valley which is to be devastated by a the new Mount Messenger bypass. Everyone that visited was horrified that the NZ Transport Agency could even consider such a proposal both in engineering a road through a swamp but also destroying a valley full of wildlife such as kiwi and both short and long tailed bats, all to save trucks two minutes of time grinding over Mount Messenger.
As a registered party we have a number of issues and legal requirements we need to address going forward. Election expenses and an audit are required for both the party and the candidates. We need to begin planning for our AGM. More on that later in this newsletter.
I need to thank you all for your ongoing support. We have come a long way since our inception six years ago now having a stable membership base of thousands, a good reliable board of management, great constitution and a brilliant team of candidates. All in all your party is in a healthy position to make a difference going forward.
Alan Simmons. Co Leader & President.