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Government Votes Down Regional Fuel Tax Exemption for Nelson and Tasman

Nelson MP Nick Smith is disappointed that Labour, Green, and NZ Frist MPs voted against Nelson and Tasman being excluded from the 11.5c /litre regional fuel tax in Parliament this...


Nelson Matters - Port Strike Action

I am disappointed but not surprised at the strike action bringing Port Nelson to a halt.  It is payback time for the unions following the change of government and they...


Port Strike Worry for Nelson Economy

Nelson MP Nick Smith is worried that strike action at Port Nelson this weekend and planned for next week will hurt the region’s economy and further undermine falling business confidence....


Nelson Matters - School of Music Refurbishment

Nelson was rightly in celebration mode over the weekend for the opening of the $9.5m refurbishment and strengthening of our School of Music. I am in awe of our pioneers...


Nelson Matters - National leaves strong economy

The good news for Nelson from Budget 2018 is that the economy remains strong. New Zealand history is littered with incoming governments facing major economic problems like those that confronted...


Nelson Matters - New hospital a priority

My top priority this parliamentary term is progressing a new hospital for Nelson which will be the largest building project ever for our region. Our population is growing and ageing...


Local Bill Good Plan for Waimea Dam

Nelson MP Nick Smith has commended the Tasman District Council for considering a local bill to resolve the issue of access to DOC land for the Waimea Community Dam. “A...


Nelson Matters - National Sporting Success

I had a colleague in Parliament this week rib me on what was in Nelson’s water that makes our sports teams so competitive. We should take pride that our teams...


Regional Commissioner centralisation a backwards step

The Government’s decision to centralise the Regional Commissioner for Social Development for Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast in Wellington is a blow to our region and a broken promise from...


Nelson Matters - Government Fails Promise

The Government made a terrible mistake last week in announcing that it would not be honouring its promise on doctor’s visit costs on 1 July 2018. It is bad news...