In her maiden speech yesterday, recently elected Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi said she will seek better access to health services, transportation, and continue to support Labour’s commitment to a four lane highway to Levin.

“The Otaki electorate has the oldest population in New Zealand.  It ranks first among general electorates on several age-related issues.

“There is no hospital in this electorate nor is there public transport to get to either Palmerston North or Wellington Hospitals as our regular rail stops at Waikanae.

“From Waikanae north we have one train that does one trip once a day except for the weekends. It is also set at around $30.00 per round trip. This is unaffordable for many students, low income families and seniors. 

“We need to improve transport infrastructure in the region, while also considering options to improve hospital level services within the electorate. I will prioritise working with my government colleagues to address these issues for the people of the Otaki electorate.”

We wish her well, and hope she can achieve at least some of this, which Kapiti and Horowhenua people badly need.

Those interested can read her full speech on Alan Tristram’s KIN website