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A full house of enthusiastic Matamata residents turned out to meet Hon Judith Collins at the Matamata Civic and Memorial Centre’s Tainui Room, in her home town and being hosted by local MP Tim van de Molen.

Hon Collins is the MP for Papakura and Opposition Spokesperson for Housing and Urban Development, and Resource Management Act (RMA) Reform. Judith spoke on a variety of topical and long held challenges and concerns, including the challenges around achieving climate change initiatives, RMA reforms being a priority, in view of building and construction regulations, to NZTA delivering on road infrastructure projects – notably driver licencing per her colleague Tim’s petition which has just closed seeking its reinstatement in Matamata.

The cost of living and electric vehicles were on the list, along with affordable housing. Hon Collins touched on the benefits of home ownership schemes, the costs of land compared to building and support for protection of soils; where there is real danger of agricultural and horticultural land acquisition to develop housing.

Many audience members took the opportunity to ask questions around migration, the coalition Government, cannabis reform and zero-carbon legislation.

Tim van de Molen closed the event with a note that his next public meeting will be held at Matamata Club on 25 October, with a focus for farmers on the freshwater reforms. Opposition spokesperson for Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Forestry Hon Todd Muller, MP for Bay of Plenty, will be the guest speaker.

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