The public has had the chance to chat with National Party leader Simon Bridges this evening.

About 20 people attended a question and answer session at the Hinton Room at Tauranga RSA for the informal Simon Bridges Q&A event to discuss local issues with the Tauranga MP.

Issues including the Tauranga Northern Link and State Highway 2 were talked about.

Bridges agreed the city needed more housing to cater for the population growth, however, he said the roading infrastructure needed to be addressed.

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The MP will return again tomorrow with Maggie Barry for a second question and answer session as the National Party Leader of Opposition to launch the Have Your Say Seniors campaign.