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Nelson Matters - April 17 2018

Lewis Stanton aka Hone Ma Heke should not get one dollar of public money in his quest to return to his life with a horse and cart. Following a public...


Nelson Matters – 10 April 2018

Nelson’s congestion and road safety problems are getting worse because of the growth in population, exports, and visitors. The extraordinary message from the new Government’s ten year transport policy last...


Nelson Weekly Column Tues 3 April 2018

I have been surprised by how quickly the Ardern/Peters Government has descended into a shambles over the past month. Government Ministers and MPs are abusing their powers and becoming embroiled...


Government proposes Nelson will pay more but get less

The proposed Government Policy Statement on Land Transport means Nelson and Tasman people will pay more in fuel taxes while getting less roading investment in the region, says Nelson MP...


Nelson Matters - 20 March 2018

This week I became ‘Father of the House’, or the longest continuous serving MP in our Parliament. I was the ‘Baby of the House’ for six years and much prefer...


Nelson Matters - 13 March 2018

The Nelson region faces a critical crossroad on the decision of our two councils and Waimea landowners over whether to proceed with the Waimea Community Dam. We must back this...


Nelson Matters - 6 March 2018

Simon Bridges election as National’s 12 leader marks an important new chapter for New Zealand’s largest and most successful political party. Simon comes from humble beginnings as the youngest child...


Nelson Matters - Feb 27 2018

Trade policy is essential to Nelson. We export more per person than any region in New Zealand. Our export sectors earn $1200 million a year and employ over 15,000 people....


Nelson Matters - 20 Feb

Bill English’s decision to call it a day on politics is a loss for National and New Zealand. I rate him as the most effective Parliamentarian of my generation. He...


Nelson Matters - February 2018

Job stats out this week show how well Nelson and New Zealand is doing. We have record numbers of people in employment, growing businesses and incomes increasing at twice the...