Ian McKelvie hosts Luxon visit

Ian McKelvie hosts Luxon visit

Ruapehu Bulletin, King Country Ohakune   25 May 2022

Local MP Ian McKelvie shares his report on the recent visit by his Party leader:  I enjoyed hosting National Party leader Christopher Luxon in the Rangitikei recently. We had organised a busy itinerary and managed to pack a fair bit in visiting Feilding, Rongotea and Palmerston North.

Our visit to Stallion Plastics in Milson, where we were shown around this exciting and innovative operation by co-owner Jeff Rowan, was great.

Stallion is a niche-market business specialising in the design, development and manufacture of complex rotationally moulded and injection moulded plastic products. They produce everything from calf feeders to playground slides, which are sold in New Zealand and exported to 20 countries around the world.  lt was great to have a look around and talk with staff.

We followed up with morning tea and a chat to the staff at Allan McNeill (chartered accountants) in Feilding. It was great to hear from the people at the coalface of an organisation that serves the interests of literally hundreds of businesses and individuals throughout the Rangitikei. They provided some interesting insights into the way the system is - and isn't - working.

Our visit to the Feilding Saleyards was excellent too - a perfect opportunity to catch some live auction action and chat to farmers. We followed up with lunch at the "Ask Me" Dairy Industry forum in Rongotea, where Christopher had been invited to speak and host a Q&A, which provided some interesting views and market insights.

Next stop was Feilding High School, where principal Nathan Stewart along with a cohort of Year 13 students were great to chat with. It's always refreshing and inspiring to talk to young people about their hopes and dreams for the future.

All in all it was a great day showcasing just a fraction of what the mighty Rangitikei has to offer. It's clear to me Christopher Luxon values and has a passion for rural and provincial New Zealand. Like every kiwi, he is also ambitious for New Zealand and all New Zealanders - this certainly shone through on Friday.