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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...


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...


Seasons Column June 2019 - Grandparents raising grandchildren are a blessing

Growing up back in the 1960s and 70s, most of my friends lived in stable homes with two married parents and siblings, as did I. We were very lucky but...


Seasons Column May 2019 - Supporting fragile peace in South Sudan

My column in the March issue of Seasons covered highlights of my time in Egypt and Israel in January with the Minister of Defence and NZDF personnel. We were there...


Government’s flaky KiwiBuild scheme crumbling

The Government’s flagship housing policy has been flaky from the outset, and is now collapsing. Housing Minister Phil Twyford has finally admitted that he won’t reach his target of 1000...