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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...


Government Must Front on Fire Break Damage

The Government must front up and properly fund the damage to private property caused by the fire breaks constructed last month to contain the Pigeon Valley fire, says Nelson MP...


Nelson Matters - 6 March 2019

I have never experienced such an angry response from Nelsonians to a Government proposal as I have over the past week to Labour’s Capital Gains Tax (CGT). People from all...


Nelson Matters - Capital Gains Tax

Nelsonians need to know how they will be impacted by the Government’s Capital Gains Tax (CGT) now Labour’s former Finance Minister Michael Cullen’s detailed proposal is out. It will start...


Nelson Matters - 20 February

Our community rightly takes great pride in the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). It has for 115 years provided the skills and qualifications for Nelson to succeed. I am...