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Canterbury missing out on transport funding

The government's new plan for transport is bad news for Canterbury. Petrol prices are skyrocketing around the country and the Government is egging them on by proposing three rounds of...


Amy Adams seeks Youth MP for Selwyn

Selwyn MP Amy Adams has announced that she is looking for an enthusiastic and civic-minded young person to represent Selwyn as the region’s Youth MP for 2019. “Youth Parliament is...


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,...