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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...


Nelson Matters - The rights of free speech

Massey University’s decision last week to ban Dr Don Brash from speaking on campus was outrageous. It is part of a worrying global trend of public authorities wanting to censure...


Nelson Matters - Business confidence plummets

There are many signs the New Zealand economy is weakening after years of stellar growth. This trend should worry us all. It means fewer jobs, lower living standards and less...


Nelson Matters - Electoral Integrity Bill

The Green Party has become a tragic comedy in stating they will vote for a bill that its co-leader Marama Davidson stated last week was “undemocratic” and that “threatened democracy”....


Nelson Matters - Mental Health Services

There is no area of health care as challenging for families, doctors, nurses and our District Health Board as mental health. Local problems include the awful case where a psychotic...