MP's hunt for new town office

By Rebecca Savory

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Todd McClay wants to be accessible to Te Puke residents after the town became part of the Rotorua electorate last week. Photo/Andrew Warner
Todd McClay wants to be accessible to Te Puke residents after the town became part of the Rotorua electorate last week. Photo/Andrew Warner

Rotorua MP Todd McClay says he will work hard to earn the support of Te Puke people and the Western Bay of Plenty after boundary changes announced last week.

The Electoral Commission announced on Thursday that Te Puke had transferred to the Rotorua electorate from the Bay of Plenty.

Mr McClay, who was last year appointed Minister of Revenue and associate Minister of Tourism, yesterday said he wanted to be accessible to Te Puke residents and acknowledged the town's importance.

The first order of business would be to look for new office location, he said.

"Te Puke residents won't have to look towards Rotorua to meet their MP. I am eager to relocate the current office to a higher profile and more easily accessible location in the Te Puke township.

"Te Puke is an important part of the Bay of Plenty. It is the heart of New Zealand's kiwifruit industry and has been an important part of industry efforts to deal with Psa."

Mr McClay said the Government was committed to supporting the local economy.

"Our commitment to kiwifruit growers, our investment of $455 million in the Tauranga Eastern Arterial between Paengaroa and the Mount and the recent redevelopment of Te Puke High School to address weather-tightness issues are all clear demonstrations of this support," he said.

Mr McClay had shared an office in Te Puke with Tony Ryall since becoming an MP six years ago.

He had paid tribute to Mr Ryall for his many years of service to the Bay of Plenty electorate after Mr Ryall announced he would retire at this year's election.

"He has been an exceptional Minister of Health and has worked tirelessly as a local MP."

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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