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Soapbox March 2020 - Promotion, Petitions and Performances

I was honoured to be reselected last month to be National’s candidate for Hamilton West in the General Election scheduled for 19 September. This year’s campaign will be demanding and...


Seasons Column February 2020 - Parent to Parent

The birth, or diagnosis, of a child with a disability can throw a family into a whirlwind of emotion, stress and guilt and, ultimately, can have huge implications on their...


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...


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 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...


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...


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 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...