It’s great to be back in the job for 2018. I hope you all had a wonderful break and enjoyed our beautiful kiwi summer. I wish you all well for 2018 and I look forward to being part of this strong National team and holding this Labour-NZ First-Greens Government to account in Opposition.
News from Wellington
National’s new leadership team
I want to congratulate my colleague Simon Bridges on becoming our new leader of the National Party with Paula Bennett as our deputy-leader. National remain united to provide New Zealand with an alternative government that is focused on making New Zealand a better nation.
You can watch Simon’s speech about how he and National is dedicated on moving New Zealand forward here.
Thank you Bill English
It was with sadness that in February the Rt Hon Bill English stood down as leader of the National Party. I believe Bill’s legacy will be well-remembered throughout New Zealand for his 27 years of service to our country and the National Party.
If you want to thank Bill for his service to our country, you can sign his thank you card here.
TPP Text Release
I was pleased to see that Minister of Trade David Parker released the text of the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Despite the previous protest of the Government parties, it was clear following the text’s release that there were a very small number of changes from the TPP. The deal is a significant win for both New Zealand exporters and the New Zealand economy.
You can watch my analysis of the deal on TVNZ’s Breakfast here.
News from the electorate
Annual A&P Shows
With many events happening all around, I’ve been enjoying catching up with constituents. A particular highlight was both the Rotorua and Te Puke A&P shows in January.
Bethlehem College Chapman visit
I was honoured to be invited to the new satellite school Bethlehem College Chapman. It was great to see the school after I’ve had a significant amount of involvement prior to its opening. It is seeing impressive roll growth and I’m looking forward seeing the school and its students go from strength to strength.
Inspired at Te Puke's Inspired Kindergarten
The opportunity to speak at Inspired Kindergarten in Te Puke was also a great honour. Thanks to Inspired Kindergarten and its students for their hospitality, it was great to see so many kids having fun while learning.
Heart Foundation collections
I had the pleasure to help raise funds for the national Heart Foundation. Street collecting is a great way to support local charities and catch-up with friends and fellow constituents. If you see me around or have any issues please come say hi and help support these charities.
I welcome your thoughts and feedback on all matters so be sure to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.