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Nelson Matters - 15 May 2019

Nelson’s emergency services described the New Year’s Eve 2017 road smash in Appleby that killed 23-year-old Matthew Dow as the worst they had ever seen. The offending driver was high...


Nelson Matters - 8 May 2019

I am a staunch opponent of recreational drugs. I have personally witnessed hundreds of lives ruined by drugs from my school and university days through to my community and constituency...


Battle for Nelson's Regional Commissioner Won

Nelson MP Nick Smith has welcomed the Government’s U-turn on providing the region with its own Regional Commissioner for the Ministry of Social Development after last year’s decision to end...


Nelson Matters - 1 May 2019

The official opening of the Nelson Tasman Hospice in Suffolk Road in Stoke this Thursday is a tremendous achievement for the region. We owe huge thanks to the thousands of...


Nelson Matters - 17 April 2019

Euthanasia is a difficult subject that Nelsonians have strong opposing views on. I have been grappling with the issue over the last year as one of eight parliamentarians on the...


Nelson Matters - 10 April 2019

This week I voted on Nelson’s behalf for tighter gun laws. It has triggered the wrath from some gun enthusiasts. I have no regrets. It is the right response to...


Trust Formed to Expand Snowden's Bush

A new Trust has been incorporated to raise money to expand the Snowden Bush Reserve in Brightwater, Nelson MP Nick Smith announced today. “The Snowden Bush Trust is needed to...


Nelson Matters - 27 March 2019

Race Unity Day on Sunday was special. I have been attending the annual event in Victory Square for 20 years but never was it more poignant. I never thought New...


Nelson Matters - 20 March 2019

Shock and grief has swept over our community and country from last Fridays atrocity in Christchurch. The loss of 50 innocent lives including children as young as three is horrific...


Nelson Matters - Drought and Fire

Nelson’s summer of fires and drought is hopefully at an end with this week’s rain. Three issues deserve comment in the aftermath. Firstly, my anger at those arrested for arson...