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Nelson Matters - 23 October 2019

Roads and rugby have my blood pressure up this week for opposite reasons. I am aghast at the Government’s radical proposals to slash speed limits on State Highway 6 between...


Nelson Matters - 16 October 2019

Two important milestones pass this weekend with the official opening of the new Airport terminal and the 25th Nelson Arts Festival. It is great the Prime Minister is joining us...


Nelson Matters - 9 October 2019

It is good news for Stoke that a new banking hub is to be stablished in the suburb early next year. This is a good outcome after the blow last...


Nelson Matters – 2 October 2019

Jetstar’s decision to end its regional services from November 30 to centres like Nelson is a concerning blow to our local economy. My worry is that reduced competition will see...


Nelson Matters - 25 September 2019

Voting papers arrive in the post this week for local elections. It matters that our Council and District Health Board are well governed and I encourage everyone to vote. Our...


MP shocked by new mum's pay bill

Nelson M.P. Nick Smith is intervening to try and sort out a shock demand from Government for repayment of about $17,000 for a young teacher and Mum. “This is appalling...


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...