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Takahe Re-Introduction to Nelson Welcomed

“The reintroduction of Takahe into the Kahurangi National Park after an absence of over one hundred years is a massive conservation and tourism gain for Nelson”, says Environment Minister and...


Regions unemployment lowest in the country

Today’s official statistics showing unemployment in Nelson at just 3% and the lowest in New Zealand reinforces the strength of the local economy, says Nelson MP Nick Smith.  “This low...


Disappointed but not surprised by Green’s Dam Opposition

Nelson MP Nick Smith says he is disappointed but not surprised by the Green Party’s opposition to the Waimea Community Dam. “The Waimea Community Dam is the only practical prospect...


Smith welcomes expanded role for Housing Trust

Nelson MP Nick Smith has welcomed the Nelson City Council’s decision to contract its Community Housing to the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust. “I am a huge fan of the Nelson...


Nelson region lowest for unemployment

Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith is welcoming the latest Household Labour Force Survey data for the Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and West Coast region which shows it has the lowest unemployment...


Heaphy Track mountain biking season extended

Local MPs Dr Nick Smith and Maureen Pugh today welcomed news that the Heaphy Track mountain biking season is being extended by two months in spring to run from 1...


Govt secures emergency housing for Nelson families

Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith has welcomed a new contract between the Ministry of Social Development and the Salvation Army for two emergency homes in Nelson. “This is the first...


Stanton costs top $9,000

Nelson MP Nick Smith says taxpayers and ratepayers are being taken for a ride by serial protestor Lewis Stanton with legal aid costs topping $45,684 and legal costs to Nelson...


MPs welcome new bridges on alternate SH1

Local MPs Dr Nick Smith and Maureen Pugh today opened two new bridges which are part of a trio on State Highway 63 south of Nelson to help cope with...


MP joins with Church Trust to strengthen Nelson cathedral

A fund-raising trust should be established to support the earthquake strengthening of Nelson’s Christ Church Cathedral, with the objective of the work being done within five years, Nelson MP and...