Nelson MP Nick Smith with a thresher shark from the collection of preserved marine life that will be on display in the proposed fishing and marine museum in the Plant and Food building on Rocks Rd. Photo: Simon Bloomberg.

Nick Smith: Nelsonians back Southern Link, against lifting refugee quota

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Nelsonians want the Southern Link to proceed, are against raising the country’s refugee quota and support GST being added to music and films bought online.

That’s according to Nick Smith’s annual survey, which was only completed by 712 people.

The results of Nelson MP Nick Smith’s annual residents’ survey were released today and it showed that the Southern Link project was a clear favourite when asked what they thought Nelson needed to be more attractive and competitive with other regions.

“I am not hugely surprised by this because it tallies with what I regularly hear during my constituency work,’’ Nick says. “The momentum for the Southern Link road is growing. The establishment of the Progress Nelson Tasman group provides a balance to the vocal minority of opponents and the thorough report from NZTA shows the road will bring significant economic, environmental and safety benefits.”

The survey also showed at 68 per cent opposed increasing the refugee quota.

Nick says he was surprised by the large number of people who opposed raising the quota.

“It’s hard not to be moved by those heart-breaking pictures we’re seeing of people fleeing the atrocities in their homeland, but the results and comments I received on my survey tell me that Nelsonians are wanting the Government to take a measured approach on this.”

Other findings were that 71 per cent supported the establishment of a publically-funded Fisheries Museum and Marine Education Centre in Nelson and that 68 per cent support GST being added to all music, films and other products purchased internationally via the internet.

Nick says the results will help “guide” him over the next year in Parliament around the Cabinet table.’’