Column Articles

Fri 18 Sep 2015
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I recently had the opportunity to ask Nathan Guy, our Minister for Primary Industries, a question in the House during Question Time: “What recent reports has received on growth in the avocado industry?”

Tue 15 Sep 2015
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Have you ever wondered what our community would be like if you took charity away? 

Fri 18 Sep 2015
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“Looking back to slavery, suffrage and integration, one thing is clear: Fashions in bigotry come and go, but the right thing lasts”, wrote US author Anna Quindlen.

Fri 7 Aug 2015
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One in three women face some kind of sexual assault in their life – that’s around 670,000 New Zealanders, or the populations of Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin put together.

Tue 4 Aug 2015
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“Would you rather be deaf or blind?” It’s the sort of question you occasionally ask around a family breakfast table with your kids.  Having initially thought that deafness would be an easier disability to manage, this week I took on the Silent Leadership Challenge where I undertook daily activities with a pair of very effe

Fri 31 Jul 2015
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You may remember times in your youth when you tried to set a land speed record on your pushbike by finding the steepest hill and racing down with reckless abandon. You’ll recall both the thrill and undivided tunnel vision focus you had on the road right in front of you, especially if you got fast enough to get speed wobbles!

Fri 24 Jul 2015
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I have a lot of respect for those who put in either their capital and time or both within the various small to large businesses here in the Bay.

Tue 21 Jul 2015
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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.

Tue 14 Jul 2015
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With temperatures plummeting recently, many Kiwis will be wondering what they can do to stay warm. It’s no secret many New Zealand homes, particularly rental properties, are not well insulated.

Mon 13 Jul 2015
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One cannot underestimate the value of good infrastructure. We hardly notice it when it works well, but we certainly do when it does: Traffic jams, accidents, delays.