Media Release

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Porirua Chamber releases 2020 Election Briefing at local candidate’s debate

Porirua Chamber of Commerce has released its 2020 Election Briefing at the Chamber’s Election Debate tonight.

The debate is being hosted by the Chamber in partnership with local law firm Maude and Miller and Porirua’s community polytechnic, Whitireia.

Those taking part will be Barbara Edmonds (Labour Party), Jo Hayes (National Party), Brooke van Velden (ACT), Jan Logie (Greens), and Tracey Martin (NZ First).

The Chamber briefing identifies four issues which the Chamber says are crucial for the growth of Porirua and the wider region’s post-lockdown recovery. They are:

  • The future of work
  • Protecting New Zealand from COVID19
  • Reducing the costs of doing business
  • Rebuilding and Investment in Infrastructure

Porirua Chamber of Commerce Chair Hamish Mexted says the issues briefing is about putting the local business issues front and centre.

“The 2020 General Election is arguably the most crucial election in a generation,” says Hamish Mexted.

“The world has descended into simultaneous health and financial crises, and whilst New Zealand has had early success in containing the virus, we have no immunity from fiscal contagion.

“For business, the next three years are about recovery, the growth of business confidence, and returning to an economy where people freely consume and invest.

"Tonight's debate is about putting to each candidate the challenges, asking them how they will be a strong local advocate for Porirua, as well as what their party's plan is for the whole region.

"I would also like to acknowledge our current outgoing Mana MP, Hon Kris Faafoi. We are pleased to see him retain spot on Labour’s list, and look forward to his continued support to champion Porirua’s interests."

The event will be held at the Wikitoria Katene Building at Whitireia from 6pm, and livestreamed on the Chamber’s facebook page.

Porirua Chamber 2020 Election Briefing - see here >>>

For further comment contact Hamish Mexted 021 752 270.