Column Articles

Thu 2 Jun 2016
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Everyone knows that to enjoy a First World lifestyle, you first have to earn like a First World economy and this means investment in our country’s economic potential. Budget 2016 delivers on this vision by focusing on growing the economy through supporting innovation, infrastructure, social investment and health.

Fri 10 Jun 2016
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I am really enjoying my monthly constituent clinics in the settlers hall.  Increasingly the full three hours from 9 am to midday is being used by locals who want to chat about direction of the government or local community.  One of the issues that you have raised is the importance of health spending and improved access for our increasi

Thu 16 Jun 2016
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New Zealand’s lakes and rivers are a source of national pride. They provide New Zealanders with great recreational spaces and are a huge attraction for our booming tourism sector. And for us here is the Bay our beaches, harbours and port are our communities lifeblood.

Thu 30 Jun 2016
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Last week I had the occasion to participate at a MYOB Fieldays function where I reflected on the value of data for farmers and the insights that it can provide. 

Mon 20 Jun 2016
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The growth of our region is welcomed but it does bring challenges, and housing, particularly for those under financial pressure, has been highlighted strongly in the past few weeks.

Thu 30 Jun 2016
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At a conference in 1992 I met Dyfrig Ellis, a passionate Welshman and teacher who has become a dear friend over the years.  He is a school teacher in an all Welsh speaking school.  Dyfrig is a passionate advocate for the culture and language  of the Welsh and through the years has taught me of the great truism that only a culture

Sun 10 Jul 2016
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Everyone seems to be talking housing lately, particularly testing whether the central and local government response is where it needs to be.  I believe we are managing the issue and here’s why.

Thu 14 Jul 2016
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On Sunday afternoon last, I popped in to the almost completed Oropi Hall.  Richard Somerfield, one of the many extraordinary locals who has driven this project showed me around a series of warm rooms and large spaces that will underpin our Oropi community for the next two generations.  The passion and determination that has gone into t

Fri 29 Jul 2016
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It has been an immense privilege to serve as the Member of Parliament for the Bay of Plenty for almost two years now.

Mon 11 Jul 2016
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I recently spoke about the Primary Growth Partnership and I was stuck by the overwhelmingly positive effect this is having on our primary industries.