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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...


Nelson Matters - 2018 Census Failings

I am not surprised that the 2018 census got the lowest level of participation in more than 50 years. I received a wave of complaints from retirement villages that got...


Nelson Matters - KiwiBuild Details

The announcement of the detail of the new governments Kiwibuild policy allows for a comparison of the differing approaches from National and Labour on New Zealand’s housing challenges. There is...


Local Bill to Facilitate Waimea Water Scheme

Nelson MP Nick Smith has welcomed today’s notification by the Tasman District Council of a bill to enable access to DOC and LINZ land for the Waimea Augmentation Scheme. “The...


Nelson Matters - Climate Change Commission

National took the right step last week in giving bi-partisan support to the Government for establishing a Climate Change Commission. It is the next logical step for New Zealand in...


Nelson Matters - Government changing priorities

A key part of my job is to get good quality public services for the $30,000 the average Nelson household pays in tax each year. My concern is the new...


Nelson Hearings on Euthanasia Bill

Justice Select Committee hearings will be in Nelson this Monday 2 July to hear submissions from local community organisations and the public on the voluntary euthanasia bill currently before Parliament,...