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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 in Hamilton


Responding to our national tragedy

Three weeks on from the atrocity in Christchurch that shocked our nation, moving tributes have been delivered at numerous events and I have been proud of the compassion and unity demonstrated by New Zealanders.  You may read one of the columns that I wrote on this topic here. Parliament has begun considering changes to our firearms laws to reflect the considerable public disquiet over some of the weapons that have previously been available to anyone with a firearms licence.

Resisting harmful new taxes

National is firmly opposed to the Tax Working Group’s proposals to introduce a wide-ranging Capital Gains Tax and several other environmental taxes, and we are applying as much pressure as possible upon the Government not to implement these measures. My recent column on this topic is available here. There are clear signs that our economy is slowing, and business and investor confidence is falling, and these new taxes will cause further damage if we can’t stop them.


Farewell to a local and national netball jewel: Monica Leggat

I was very sorry to hear the news of Monica’s recent death.  Monica was a delightful, energetic, inspiring lady who made a lasting impression on many people, and a huge contribution to netball in our region and nationally. Her zest for life, love of sport, kindness, interest in others and encouragement of all who had the pleasure of meeting her made her popular with all ages and she will be long and fondly remembered. My sincere condolences to Ian and the family. I’ll miss ouregular chats at local netball and cricket fixtures. Read more about Monica’s life here.

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

Congratulations and huge thanks to the organisers, sponsors and everyone involved with another very successful Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, at which there was again an impressively high standard of entertainment on offer in the superb setting of our award-winning gardens.

The Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra’s Sunset Symphony is always popular, and I was delighted to join the Orchestra and three of my local political colleagues on stage with our unconventional instruments.  You may read Sam Edwards’ humorous review of the concert here. 

It’s not often I take being told that I sucked as a compliment! 

St Paul’s Collegiate School’s 60th Anniversary

Congratulations to the St Paul's Collegiate School family who celebrated 60 years since the school’s foundation last month.

I enjoyed attending a Chapel service which was an entertaining and moving trip down Memory Lane for many foundation pupils and former staff. They particularly enjoyed hearing anecdotes and reflections from one of the first and longest-serving staff members, Pat Plant, who made such an outstanding contribution and impact during his decades of devoted service to the school. Others gave interesting accounts of the school’s history, early challenges, characters and evolution into the very successful school it is today.

Recent public meetings in Hamilton

We have had large audiences and stimulating discussions of important issues at two recent public meetings in Hamilton. National’s Education spokesperson Hon Nikki Kaye launched her roadshow on the future of our education system in Hamilton on 8 February.

I co-hosted the second meeting with Hon David Bennett, MP for Hamilton East, at which our guest was National’s Police spokesperson and MP for Hutt South, Chris Bishop.

My next monthly forum will be at Café Agora this Friday, 12 April, when my guest will be National’s Senior Whip, Barbara Kuriger, who is the MP for Taranaki–King Country.

All are welcome and the venue is easily accessed by public transport and people with limited mobility. There is ample free parking nearby.

All the best,




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