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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....


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...


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...


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...