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Nelson Matters - ANZAC Commemorations

Bouquets and brickbats are deserved from this year’s Anzac commemorations. My bouquet goes to the thousands of people who attended Anzac services across the region and those who helped...


Nelson Matters - Conspiracy Theories

I am amazed at the strange conspiracy theories some people believe. The latest was at a protest recently at the Nelson Market alleging corruption at the Cawthron Institute. It is...


Nelson Matters - No public money for Mr Stanton

Lewis Stanton aka Hone Ma Heke should not get one dollar of public money in his quest to return to his life with a horse and cart. Following a public...


Nelson Matters – Highway robbery

Nelson’s congestion and road safety problems are getting worse because of the growth in population, exports, and visitors. The extraordinary message from the new Government’s ten year transport policy last...


Nelson Matters - Shambolic Government

I have been surprised by how quickly the Ardern/Peters Government has descended into a shambles over the past month. Government Ministers and MPs are abusing their powers and becoming embroiled...


Government proposes Nelson will pay more but get less

The proposed Government Policy Statement on Land Transport means Nelson and Tasman people will pay more in fuel taxes while getting less roading investment in the region, says Nelson MP...


Nelson Matters - Waka Jumping

This week I became ‘Father of the House’, or the longest continuous serving MP in our Parliament. I was the ‘Baby of the House’ for six years and much prefer...


Nelson Matters - Build the Dam

The Nelson region faces a critical crossroad on the decision of our two councils and Waimea landowners over whether to proceed with the Waimea Community Dam. We must back this...


Nelson Matters - Simon is the leader we need

Simon Bridges election as National’s 12 leader marks an important new chapter for New Zealand’s largest and most successful political party. Simon comes from humble beginnings as the youngest child...


Nelson Matters - Trade policy essential to Nelson

Trade policy is essential to Nelson. We export more per person than any region in New Zealand. Our export sectors earn $1200 million a year and employ over 15,000 people....