Last week Minister Andrew Little and I attended a launch event at Tauranga Hospital to celebrate Bay of Plenty District Health Board joining the National Bowel Screening Programme.
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in New Zealand, but people who are diagnosed in the early stages have a 90 per cent chance of long-term survival with timely treatment. Budget 2022 funded the extension of this game-changing programme.
Thanks to hard work from our exporters, farmers and growers, export revenue from our primary industries is expected to reach a record $52.2 billion this year. Global demand for product sustainability continues to rise. He Waka Eke Noa will ensure we reduce emissions while producing high quality beef, lamb and other exports.
A huge, proud congratulations to my classmates of 2017 for this week’s promotions! Maungakiekie MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan has moved in to Cabinet. Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty has taken on ministerial duties, Dr Duncan Webb is chief whip and East Coast MP Kiri Allan is now Minister of Justice.
Tauranga’s List MP Jan Tinetti is now Minister of Education (School Operations), which is fitting for this fierce advocate who was principal of Merivale School for 11 years. Recent visits with Jan, including the Gurudwara Kalgidhar Sahib Sikh temple, emphasise how deep Jan’s roots run in her community.