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Nelson Matters - Fuel tax rises again

The Government is this week further hiking fuel tax. My concern is the impact on Nelson families and businesses and that they are at the same time reducing the investment...


Nelson Matters - Conservation Week

Conservation Week is an opportunity to champion the great work done by DOC and local voluntary groups in protecting nature in our region but also to debunk some of the...


Nelson Matters - Nelson also the winner

Nelson was as much the winner as our celebrated All Blacks when they beat the Los Pumas 46-24 last Saturday night at Trafalgar Park. We proved as a community that...


MP Welcomes Dam Decision

The decision to go ahead with the Waimea Dam is the right thing for the future of the region says Nelson MP Nick Smith. “The Tasman District Council vote yesterday...


Nelson Matters - Tragedy if Waimea Dam Project falls over

It will be a tragedy for the Nelson region if the Waimea Community Dam project falls over after 18 years and $8m worth of investigation and design. We are tantalizingly...


Nelson Matters - Bill Deferred; Compromise Needed

Nelson MP Nick Smith has today deferred the first reading of the Waimea Augmentation Scheme Bill, but says he is not giving up on the dam project. “I have today...


MP Welcomes New Airport Tower

The opening of the new tower at Nelson Airport today is a welcome investment in both safety and the region’s links to the world, says Nelson MP Nick Smith.   “The...


Nelson Matters - New Zealand’s approach to justice

A major debate on New Zealand’s approach to justice is underway with the Coalition Government’s summit last week and proposals to slash the prison population by 30%. I am open...


Nelson Matters - Critics need credible alternative

Nelson MP Nick Smith says the heat is now on the eight councillors who opposed the Waimea Community Dam to come up with a credible alternative. “The tragedy for Nelson...


Nelson Matters - Winston’s $300,000 Contracts Offensive

Winston’s $300,000 Contracts Offensive Winston Peter’s passion for power knows no limits.  The fact that he has required every one of his nine MPs to sign a contract requiring them...