Easter is a special time of year for me and my family. It is nice to spend a bit more time at home. Harry my middle child will be starting school after the Easter break.  That will mean my two boys will now be at school.  

Once again our city will be in the spotlight this weekend, showcasing the National Jazz Festival. It looks like another strong lineup, with performances from top jazz musicians from New Zealand and around the world.  Tauranga has definitely become a destination city for major events and the Jazz Festival is one of the big ones.

I have been getting out and talking to small business owners about how they are doing and to gauge their concerns about Labour’s proposed Capital  Gains Tax.

I have had a chance to visit our newest shopping centre, Tauranga Crossing. It is impressive. I understand opening day caused traffic delays in The Lakes and surrounding areas.

Our infrastructure issues are an on ongoing concern and something the local councils and Government must address. Sitting in gridlock traffic is not something our city needs. This must be put right for local people.

If you are travelling this weekend, I wish you a safe journey, and I hope you have an enjoyable Easter break with friends and family. 

Simon Bridges
National Party Leader