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Nelson Matters - 14 August 2019

Parliament last week considered two important Nelson petitions. Daphne Steven’s petition on the closure of Stoke Kiwibank’s branch was supported by over 2,000 Nelsonians. She highlighted how essential a bank...


Nelson Matters - 7 August 2019

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology NMIT The Government’s decision to nationalise our Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology into a mega institute of New Zealand’s 16 polytechnics and 11 industry training...


Abortion reform needed but protections inadequate for late term pregnancies

New Zealand’s abortion law does need reform but the Government’s Bill needs greater protections for the unborn child during the later stages of pregnancy, says Nelson MP Nick Smith. “I...


Health Board Deficit Major Worry

Nelson MP Nick Smith is deeply shocked and concerned for the region’s health services with the news of the District Health Board’s worst ever deficit. “This $11 million dollar deficit...


Nelson Matters - 24 July 2019

I am delighted construction is now underway on the $104m Waimea Community Dam. It is the largest dam to be built in New Zealand for more than 20 years and...


Nelson Matters - 17 July 2019

This week I called on our District Health Board to unequivocally apologise to Nelson woman Sarah Preece. It seems, as Elton John said in his famous song “Sorry seems to...


Nelson Matters - 10 July 2019

Everyone is affected by cancer. Someone is diagnosed with cancer on average every day and someone dies from cancer every second day in our Nelson/Tasman region.  Amazing progress has been...


Nelson Matters - 5 July 2019

HIGHWAY ROBBERY Petrol taxes are up another 4 cents per litre this week. This is Labour’s third tax hike in 18 months and another is promised next July. Taxes and...


Stoke KiwiBank/Postshop Petition Presented

Nelson M.P. Nick Smith welcomed the presentation of the petition opposing the closure of Stoke Kiwibank and Postshop to Parliament’s Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee on Thursday. “This...


Nelson Matters - 26 June 2019

The new law I passed in 2016 requiring all rental properties to be insulated takes effect this week. It is estimated that it will make 180,000 homes nationwide and 3,000...