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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...


Nelson Matters - Positive for Nelson

Nelson Matters Column Tue 30 Jan 2018 I thank the Weekly for this new ‘Nelson Matters’ column. It’s an opportunity to champion Nelson’s cause. It will keep Nelson readers informed...


Nelson Matters - Safety review needed of Appleby HighwayNelson Matters - Safety review needed of Appleby Highway

Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith has called for a safety review of State Highway 60 and associated local roads west of Richmond following the spate of serious accidents over the...


Early rationing reinforces need for dam

The dry start to summer and the introduction of rationing of water takes next week reinforces the need for the Waimea Community Dam, says Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith “Our...