Northern News : January 30th 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Upside of dumping Ups and downs: Northland MP Mike Sabin says Northland could gain from Heatley's HEATLEY'S LOSS A GAIN FOR NORTHLAND MP MIKE Sabin says the Cabinet shake-up that saw Northland's sole member Phil Heatley bumped from his portfolio won't affect the region's representation in Wellington. The Northland MP respon- ded to the Northern News' questions via email while he was in the Hokianga. While I felt it was great to have Phil as a Cabinet min- ister as a fellow MP in Northland, the reality is he is a very well respected and experienced member of our caucus and I am confident that this will still be of sig- nificant benefit to both Whangarei and the wider Northland region,'' he says. Mr Heatley, the former housing minister was given only a few hours notice before he was dumped from Prime Minister John Key's Cabinet. Housing affordability has been identified as a top pri- ority for the government but Mr Key says his decision was based on giving others a chance and not poor per- formance by Mr Heatley. Mr Sabin says the move should not be seen as a loss of influence for Northland but instead as a gain for Whangarei. While there has been a degree of refreshing in the Cabinet we shouldn't forget that Phil has been a very effective minister for four years and an influential member of the National Party team. Whangarei will now have more of Phil to itself and Northland will continue to be well served with his experience and dedication to serving the interests of grow- ing our economy and oppor- tunities in this part of the country,'' he says. Mr Sabin calls Mr Heatley hard-working and focused on his home constituency. Mr Heatley's portfolio has been handed to reinstated minister Nick Smith. Mr Key says he appointed Dr Smith to bring his trade- mark energy to housing mar- ket and social housing issues''. Also shown the door in the Cabinet reshuffle was former conservation minister Kate Wilkinson. Winners in the reshuffle were Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye, 32, who was promoted to the Cabinet and Tauranga MP Simon Bridges, 36, who was given full Cabinet rank. TODAY Better brains Health rep Not this round What we love Search for Northern News Why should schools adopt an additive-free status to go with their smoke-free status? -- P2-3 Mary Vermy voted on to Whangaroa Health Services Trust. Controversy continues. --P4 The government's roll- out of $10 million for school kids' preventative health over the next four years does not include increased funding for schools in the Far North -- P4 Robin McConnell of Kerikeri has an international reputation in the field of sport and a vibrant vision of how the Far North could do more to capitalise on what most people love: sport -- P7 School rolls thrive School's back: NuFlo Oscar Programme children play in the ball pit at The Kid Cave in Kawakawa. Story P6 Kids head back this week to schools registering good growth in their rolls. Kaikohe West School is expecting 337 children to start the year, up from 290 at this time last year. Umawera School is expecting 40 students after starting last year with 32. Kaeo School and Okaihau School also say numbers are up.
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