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Seasons Column September 2020 - Celebrating a lasting legacy

In 1966 Murray and Gloria Powell established the Hilldale Game Farm, raising game birds for the Acclimatisation Society and exhibiting a small collection of exotic mammals. The Powells had an...


Western Community News August 2020 - From Your MP

Big increase in local housing concerns In recent weeks I have spoken with constituents in several parts of our city who are worried that state houses are being built in...


Seasons Column August 2020 - More than weighing babies

For most of us, mention of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society conjures up fond and grateful memories of outstanding service to New Zealand babies and their families for over...


Grey Power July 2020 - Improving Local and Regional Roads

A strong focus on improving local and regional roads In my last Grey Power column I mentioned my advocacy for local roading improvements at the Alison Street/ Kahikatea Drive intersection...


Seasons Column July 2020 - Living Well With Dementia

Nestled in the heart of Frankton is a team of dedicated people who specialise in providing support and information, throughout the Waikato and Thames Coromandel regions, for people affected by...


Media Release - New Zealanders to brace for ACC levy increases

At a time of unprecedented financial insecurity for New Zealand business owners and employees, the Government is preparing to add even more costs through a range of ACC levy increases,...


Seasons Column June 2020 - Recent Challenges for our Seniors

Last month I acknowledged the positive response from our citizens to Covid Alert Levels 4 and 3.  Although the experience required considerable sacrifices of all of us, and hardship for...


Western Community News June 2020 - From Your MP

Collectively, our “team of 5 million” worked together incredibly well to stop the spread of Covid-19 during April and May.  I was very impressed by the determination and goodwill shown...


Grey Power Tauranga/Bay of Plenty June 2020 - Supporting Seniors

I was very pleased to be given the role of National’s spokesperson for Seniors earlier this year. It is a challenging and exciting role which has assumed even greater importance...


Seasons Column May 2020 - Thanking Essential Workers

Thank you everyone and well done!   A Hamilton resident suggested recently I should keep a diary “to record what you are experiencing and doing during these unprecedented times”. While...