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Nelson Matters – Highway robbery

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 Matters - Shambolic Government

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 - Waka Jumping

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 - Build the Dam

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 - Simon is the leader we need

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 - Trade policy essential to Nelson

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 - We will miss Bill English

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 - Protect NZ Jobs

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...


Nelson Matters - Highway Investmest Needed

Nelson Matters Column 6 Feb 2018 Four serious accidents on the Appleby Highway in the last month is a wake-up call on road safety. The problem is not just our...