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Nelson Matters - 18 September 2019

The latest suicide figures from the coroner are awful. New Zealand’s toll for the year to June 2019 hit a new high of 685 with the last month the worst...


Nelson Matters - 11 September 2019

Labour last week abandoned its Kiwibuild promise of 100,000 affordable homes. The PM started 2019 saying it was the “Year of Delivery” but it has become Labour’s year of betrayal. ...


Webster Petition Presented to Parliament

The online petition of 62,000 people supporting volunteer fireman Steve Webster being granted residency in New Zealand was presented today in Parliament by Nelson MP Nick Smith. “This is a...


Nelson Matters - 4 September 2019

Worry Turns to Crisis at Health Board Our Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has just announced a deficit of $20.5m. A month ago I wrote of my worry that they...


Nelson Matters - 28 August 2019

It was revealed last week that the Government intends exempting itself from the new workplace safety laws and mining regulations put in place following the Pike River Mine tragedy. This...


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...