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Informed debate on euthanasia valuable

Recently I hosted a public information meeting here in Selwyn on the End of Life Choice Bill which is currently going through the Select Committee process in Parliament. The purpose...


Selwyn ahead of the pack in being smokefree

Did you know that 59% per cent of Selwyn residents have never smoked, compared to 56% per cent of residents in the rest of New Zealand? We also have a...


Selwyn more affordable for first home buyers

While we continue to hear stories of the rising cost of housing and difficulties for first home buyers in other parts of New Zealand, here in Selwyn housing has gradually...


Climate change measures need to be well thought out

Here in Canterbury we certainly seem to have been experiencing more extreme weather over the past few years with significant flooding in autumn and winter in some areas and warmer...


We need better rules around quarrying

Here in the Selwyn electorate we have major ongoing concerns around the location and operation of quarries. While I understand and agree that we need a secure supply of aggregate...


Little joy for Selwyn from Government’s transport plan

The pressure on our local State Highway network was evident over the Easter weekend. Sadly the Government’s subsequent announcement of its transport plan offers little hope of any improvement to...


Claims of underfunding of public services spurious

As someone who has previously been involved in the Budget process as an Associate Minister of Finance I know that Government Budgets are about juggling competing demands for funding in...


Our region needs progress on sports facility

2018 is an exciting year for sport with New Zealand sending its largest ever contingent of athletes to the Commonwealth Games which is being held on Australia’s Gold Coast. Unfortunately,...


Are Boards of Trustees at risk?

Like many parents all around New Zealand I served on the Board of Trustees of the primary school that my children attended. It wasn’t always an easy job but I...


Jobs are central to our success as a society

Parliament has resumed again and I am feeling energised and positive about continuing to bring the perspective of the people of Selwyn to our House of Representatives as your local...