Political Views

MP seeks end of life feedback

The first week of September was a recess week from Parliament, so I was able to enjoy being back home and working in the community. When you are an MP, no two days are the same. I spent the week seeing constituents in my office, visiting schools, retirement...... Read More

Viewpoint - Cleaning up the Kaipara

It is only from the air that you truly get a sense of the size and the majesty of the Kaipara Harbour.  It is a huge body of water with rivers and streams flowing into it.  By area, the Kaipara Harbour is one of the largest harbours in the world. ...... Read More

Viewpoint - Battling for the MLR

Firstly, I would like to provide an update on the Matakana link road (MLR). There has been widespread concerns around the delays in starting construction of the MLR in time to be opened with the Puhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance (RONS)....... Read More

No rest at recess

Parliament usually sits for three weeks followed by a recess week. Some people misunderstand recess to be some kind of a break but the opposite is true. It is always super busy during recess weeks as it is the opportunity to get around the electorate,...... Read More

Viewpoint - Making a mess of education

The Government’s recent decision to strip polytechnics of all assets and send all power to a centralised polytechnic will be devastating for our region. Polytechnics and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) will be dissolved and merged into a...... Read More

Cannabis a hot issue

The most recent parliamentary recess has given me three weeks of uninterrupted time in the electorate, which I have really enjoyed. I have been busy running clinic days and attending community events. One of the highlights was the Generation Homes Rotary...... Read More

Viewpoint - Death with dignity

Mahurangi-based MPs were asked to comment on The End of Life Choice Bill in light of the views of Warkworth GP and chair of the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) Kate Baddock (MM July 3). My views only got a brief hearing in the original article...... Read More

‘Bermageddon’ opposed

At last week’s Local Government NZ conference a resolution promoted by Auckland Council and Auckland Transport that sought the power to fine people who park on grass roadside berms that don’t have ‘no parking’ signs, was roundly...... Read More

Rewarding work

This will be my final column before the election, and so I take a moment to reflect on the last, nearly, six years. In my second term, I have had the privilege of chairing the Rodney Local Board, a massive responsibility but one that has come with some...... Read More

Council report card good, bad and ugly

Last October I wrote to the Minister of Local Government asking for a review of the Super City. I thought this a reasonable request given that it’s nearly 10 years since it was set up without public consultation. The reply came back that they had...... Read More