Political Views

Viewpoint - Political life reflections

Reflecting at the end of the year is something I’m sure we all do. Looking back at 2019, I’m amazed that the last two years have flown by since I became a Member of Parliament. I have had very busy jobs before and times in my life where I...... Read More

Community input sought

First up – a big thank you for all the support I received from the Hibiscus Coast in the recent election. It’s a great privilege to represent our beautiful area and a responsibility I don’t take lightly, so thank you once again for...... Read More

Viewpoint - Shake up or shape up

The Auckland Council elections are completed and Phil Goff has been returned to power as the Mayor of Auckland. So, the topical question is, what might be different under his reign from the previous three years? Under his first term, councillors were...... Read More

CCO review a priority

It’s a privilege to have been elected by Aucklanders to serve another term as mayor. One of my first priorities is to ensure that the council-controlled organisations are made more accountable to Auckland Council and ratepayers. While the CCOs...... Read More

Viewpoint - Valiant volunteers

This year I was asked to be a judge of the Walking Parade at the Huge Day Out as part of the Golden 50th Kowhai Festival in Warkworth. As the biggest event of the festival, the Huge Day Out showcased many talented local artists and businesses. There was...... Read More

Viewpoint - Bold solutions on climate

Most of us accept climate change is real and that this presents a serious danger to life as we know it on planet Earth. The issue now is we seem unable or unwilling to do much about it.  I believe that’s largely due to the unappealing nature...... Read More

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