We’ve finally had a decision on the future of State Highway 25A, but the tentative reopening date of early 2024 will anger and frustrate many locals.
I don’t think Wellington fully understands the difficulties our region is experiencing because of the closure of SH25A. Not only are residents and businesses facing longer travel times and higher expenses, but also, in the eyes of many potential visitors, the Coromandel is closed.
This situation would be challenging for people to navigate at the best of times, but combined with an ongoing cost of living crisis, we are reaching breaking point.
Financial support has been given to some businesses and more is being made available, but there is growing frustration about how the fund has been distributed. The process has not been transparent and those who have missed out are calling for future assistance.
I’ll continue to advocate for the Coromandel to get its fair share of these support packages and I’ll keep pushing this government to show more urgency to get SH25A reopened pre-Christmas.
This week the Government will announce their Budget, which will affect those in the Coromandel and the rest of the country. Everyone will be looking for less wasteful spending and a better pathway to growing the economy which delivers higher incomes to Kiwis.
New Zealanders deserve a government which treats their taxpayer dollars with respect.