Life as an MP
One of the things you quickly look forward to as a new MP is parliamentary recess, when you are not required to be in Wellington for a couple of weeks and can spend time in your electorate and even occasionally get to have dinner with your family.
I have spent most of the last two weeks, meeting many constituents in my Papamoa office (plus mobile clinics in Omokoroa and Welcome Bay), having public meetings in Papamoa and Welcome Bay and getting out and about listening to our local businesses and community organisations.
I have really enjoyed the public meetings. We usually chat for a few minutes based on my experience of my first year and then take questions for an hour or so. The turnout has been huge which has meant some great conversations, because the topics are driven by the community rather than me.
Look out for the next one in the next couple of months. Business visit feedback has been very positive, the level of activity is significantly above last year, and if anything there is a shortage of people to take up the jobs on offer. There is real momentum out there and the Government plays it part by ensuring interest rates are stable, inflation low, infrastructure like our new TEL, new school buildings and hospital facilities are provided to supporting our growing and vibrant local population.