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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...


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, 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, 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, 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, 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...


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...


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...