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Seasons Column December 2019 - Reflections on 2019

It is a privilege to serve as a Member of Parliament, and one of the most rewarding aspects of my role is the numerous opportunities I receive to work with...


Seasons Column November 2019 - Foodbank: Meeting a vital need in our community

Along with many in our community, I am deeply grateful for the practical help given by the Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank to families in need, and it is significant to...


Soapbox February 2020 - Waikato overlooked in Labour's infrastructure

I hope 2020 has begun well for you and your family, and that you enjoyed a lovely summer holiday. Anne and I had one of our best holidays ever, and...


Soapbox November 2019 - National delivered for nine years

It’s sometimes forgotten that when John Key’s National-led Government took office in 2008, New Zealand’s economy was already in recession thanks to several factors including reckless spending during the latter...


Soapbox October 2019 - Providing 3-day stays for new mothers

Becoming a new mum is one of life’s most amazing experiences. And for dads too – I remember how excited I was when my children were born. While it is...


Seasons Column October 2019 - Promoting Tangata Pasifika

Throughout my time as Hamilton West’s MP I have appreciated my close association with K’aute Pasifika, a Pan Pacific Charitable Trust whose mission is to improve the holistic well-being of...


Seasons Column September 2019 - Helping local families to build their own homes

I have long been an admirer of the philosophy and practicality of Habitat for Humanity’s mission and activities, and I applaud the support they give to many families in our...


Seasons Column August 2019 - Youth MP's shine in Wellington

For two days last month Wellington came alive with the thoughts of young New Zealanders as 120 Youth MPs (and some Youth Press Gallery members) participated in the triennial Youth...


Soapbox August 2019 - Welcome commitment to better cancer care

Most of us have memories of family and friends who have been affected by cancer, which is New Zealand’s biggest cause of death.   That’s why Simon Bridges outlined National’s...


Seasons Column July 2019 - Nurturing children through sport

In 2015, while speaking with a teacher from a Waikato primary school, Thomas Nabbs was told there were three children at the decile 7 school who would love to play...