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Seasons Magazine, August 2016, POET

Our beautiful environment, accessible bush walks, mountain treks, rivers and beaches afford numerous opportunities for New Zealanders of all ages to enjoy...


Soapbox Column, Hamilton News, July 29 2016

Last week 121 young New Zealanders gathered in Wellington for the triennial Youth Parliament – and demonstrated that the political future of...


Seasons Magazine column, July 2016

We all want our children to get the best possible start in life, and a vital part of that is preparing them to succeed in our education...


City Soapbox, Hamilton News, July 2016

More families to receive intensive home support It seems there is infinite demand for finite taxpayer resources, so it is important that publicly-funded programmes are reviewed regularly to ensure the...


Seasons Magazine, June 2016

Boosting funding for cancer treatment In the final years of his life, my father had regular operations to remove minor skin cancers, and recently my mother has had two operations...


City Soapbox, Hamilton News, June 2016

Budget focus on Social Investment Bill English delivered his eighth Budget last week. It reflected the progress New Zealanders have made through difficult times, a growing economy, and a strong...


Seasons magazine, May 2016

Health and Safety at Work Act- What you need to know Recently I enjoyed hosting the Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Hon. Michael Woodhouse, at my monthly forum in Frankton....


City Soapbox, Hamilton News, May 2016

Transforming child protection and careGrowing up in New Zealand, most of us enjoy security and protection within a loving family environment. We benefit from that stable and happy upbringing in...


Seasons magazine column, April 2016

New Zealanders justifiably claim that ours is a wonderful country in which to live and raise a family.  And most of us have special memories of favourite places; carefree, outdoor...


City Soapbox, Hamilton News, April 2016

Illegal possession of firearms to be investigated  Like most New Zealanders, I was appalled by the shooting of four Police officers in Kawerau last month. Along with other recent violent...