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Season’s column, March 2016

Change the flag to honour the fallen We are a fiercely proud nation. Internationally, New Zealand has an outstanding reputation.  But few foreigners recognise our flag. When...


City Soapbox, Hamilton News, February 2016

TPP offers huge opportunities for New Zealand Last week I attended events at Waitangi marking the 176th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.  While the media focus...


City Soapbox column - Hamilton News

Historic Climate Change Deal Struck Happy new year to all Hamilton News readers.  I hope the Christmas holidays were enjoyable and relaxing for everyone, despite disappointing weather in many popular...


Major initiative to protect vulnerable children welcomed by local MP

Hamilton West MP Tim Macindoe has warmly welcomed today’s launch of the Hamilton Children’s Team. Mr Macindoe joined Social Development Minister Hon. Anne Tolley and a wide cross-section of community...


New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill - Third reading - Part 14

Recently I spoke in the third reading of the New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill in Parliament. You may watch and listen to my speech in the accompanying video. ...


New Zealand Flag Referendum Debate, 28 July 2015

Recently I spoke in the 2nd reading of the New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill in Parliament. You may watch and listen to my speech in the accompanying video. I explained...


Exciting investment benefits Hamilton’s cyclists

Earlier this year Anne and I spent a wonderful day cycling the Hauraki Rail Trail from Paeroa to Waikino, and we both appreciate the benefits of cycling within the city...


Sharing the gains and supporting the vulnerable

Most MPs enter Parliament because they want to contribute to measures that will improve our country and, in particular, the lives of our citizens. That was certainly my motivation. I...


Rising to challenges at home and abroad

Published in: Seasons Magazine, June 2015 Last month while attending a local fundraiser for victims of Nepal’s tragic earthquakes, I was privileged to hear a remarkable young man speak about...


Honouring the fallen

Published in: Seasons Magazine, May 2015 April 25, 1915, is a date enshrined in New Zealand’s history. On that fateful morning, thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches of the...