There have been two announcements recently which have brought concerned and upset people into my Greerton office.

Many people, especially our older citizens, choose to live in Greerton because of the wonderful shopping and services available at the village, so residents were very upset to learn via Sunlive that the local Kiwibank branch will be closing in October. It is a very busy branch operating alongside NZ Post.

I contacted Kiwibank’s head office and they advised that they want to have standalone Kiwibank branches, and a new store will be opening at The Lakes – a long way to go if you don’t drive.

I would urge anyone who is going to be affected by this closure to contact Kiwibank head office to voice their concerns and opposition to the closure.

Also recently, tenants in Tauranga City Council elder housing complexes were advised that the flats will be sold. To their credit TCC have kept tenants well informed about the possibility of a sale, but it is understandably very upsetting for them to now know that the sale process, which will take about one year, is going ahead.

Many of the affected tenants are very elderly. The uncertainty of this situation is tough on them. I have had requests from tenants to meet with them, and have organised a meeting for Tuesday, August 28 at 2pm at the Senior Citizens Hall in Maitland St, Greerton.

If this sale affects you or a family member, I would encourage you to attend.

Jan Tinetti
Labour MP