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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...


Firearms changes appropriate response by Parliament

Last month’s terrible massacre in Christchurch horrified us all and, as a result, it is appropriate changes were made to our firearms legislation to try to prevent any similar act...


Newsletter - April 2019

In this issue: Responding to our national tragedy Resisting harmful new taxes Farewell to Monica Leggat Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival St Paul’s Collegiate School’s 60th Anniversary Recent public meetings...


Seasons Column April 2019 - A Nation Mourns

The horrific massacre that shattered Christchurch on 15 March sent shockwaves through every corner of New Zealand. It caused unbearable grief for victims, their families and others in the vicinity,...


Capital Gains Tax bad news for everyone

Few topics have provoked as much concern and critical comment from my Hamilton West constituents in recent times as the possible new taxes currently under consideration by the Labour /...


Soapbox February 2019 - Education Public Meeting

Happy new year to all readers. I hope that you and your family enjoyed a lovely summer holiday and that 2019 will be a good one for you and for...