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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,...


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....