A major milestone in Matamata this weekend with the College Centenary. It's been wonderful to reconnect with old school friends (pic) & teachers - and really interesting to talk with many other Alumni, including Judith Collins (pic) & Dame Catherine Tizard. It was a privilege to see Mr Graham Diver again (pic), who was Principal during my time at Matamata College - I really admired his enthusiasm & energy!

I'm looking for two awesome people to join my electorate staff team!
20hrs per week. One role based in Matamata, one in Morrinsville.
It will be rewarding, challenging & fun!
Check out the link below...
So proud to have the opportunity & responsibility of representing the Waikato in Parliament. Thank you so much for your support!

NZTA are seeking feedback on safety changes at dangerous rural intersections. Please follow the link & have your say.
Of the 10 rural intersections they've identified around NZ, six are in the Waikato. Interestingly, four of those would be remedied if the government progressed the Expressway projects National had planned.

We’re looking at putting in rural intersection activated warning signs (RIAWS) at intersections which have a high crash rate and where we know having lower speeds approaching the intersection will help improve people’s safety.

Today I stood on the steps of Parliament with my New Zealand National Party colleagues in support of Simeon Brown MP as he received a petition from a father who lost his son to synthetic drugs, and this afternoon his Psychoactive Substances Amendment Bill will be debated. We stand to protect our communities and young people from the damage these harmful drugs cause.

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I'm thrilled to work alongside New Zealand National Party leader Simon Bridges and fellow whips Barbara Kuriger MP & Matt Doocey MP Waimakariri to organise our strong Caucus and to hold the Government to account.

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New Zealand National Party

Our new whips Barbara Kuriger, Matt Doocey & Tim van de Molen are going to do a great job organising our strong, united team of 56 MPs.

Great day for a Triathlon!

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It's all go at the Central Districts Field Days today.
Strong support for Ian McKelvie MP's petition to reopen the Manawatu Gorge. Ably assisted by MPs Alastair Scott MP & Lawrence Yule MP.

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It's an honour to be appointed as the Third Whip in the new National Party lineup announced today by our Leader, Simon Bridges.
I'm hugely excited about the opportunity to work more closely with all of our MPs & to contribute to the efficient running of the Opposition as we hold the government to account.

With the Waikato in a strong growth phase, we need continuing investment in key infrastructure. The proposed expressway extension will support this much more than ad hoc rail connections, and will reduce the heavy traffic burden on existing roads.

Matamata-Piako state roads should be in better condition, says Waikato MP.

Congratulations to the organisers, exhibitors & participants of the inaugural Bay of Plenty/Waikato Business Expo.
It was a pleasure to contribute to the official opening. Speaking with a number of exhibitors as I toured the site, I was impressed by both their enthusiasm to make this event a success, & by the diversity of businesses involved.
I'm looking forward to seeing it in the Waikato next year!
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The inaugural Bay of Plenty/Waikato Business Expo kicked off today.

It is disappointing to hear that, as a result of inaction from the new government, private funders are reconsidering their support of the Waikato medical school proposal.
The government can't expect these supporters, the DHB, or University, to wait around hoping they will eventually be given clarity.
We have a real need for additional medical staff in rural areas. I urge the government to make this consideration a priority so that all parties may move forward with certainty.

Sir Owen Glenn has withdrawn a multi-million dollar pledge for the Waikato medical school proposal, citing frustration.

It's a huge day at Waikato Uni Clubs day today! Fantastic turnout & plenty of interest at the NZ Young Nats stand.

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Here is another example of a successful business choosing to invest in the #Waikato.

Congratulations to our new Leader Simon Bridges MP! (And to his lovely wife, Natalie.)
Congratulations also to Paula Bennett for retaining her role as Deputy Leader.
I am excited about the future of the New Zealand National Party under Simon's leadership. We are still the strongest Party & will be holding this government to account, doing all we can to ensure the best decisions are made for all New Zealanders.
Bring on the next phase!

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New Zealand National Party was live.

#LIVE National’s new Leader Simon Bridges MP at their first press conference today.

Here's a great cross section of some of the beautiful spots that abound in the Waikato. I encourage you to explore them if you haven't & to promote them to visitors! #WonderfulWaikato

From easy strolls through picturesque surrounds, to challenging stair climbs with rewarding mountaintop views and stunning waterfall finds, there are plenty of great Waikato walks to enjoy.

The Waikato District Council is continuing to improve the wastewater network with a positive focus on improving residential wastewater management. "After a successful trial in Raglan last year, Waikato District Council's wastewater education campaign kicks off around the rest of the district in 2018".

Check out their media release to see how we, the public, can assist with improving our wastewater system.…/council-continues-to-…

After a successful trial in Raglan last year, Waikato District Council’s wastewater education campaign kicks off around the rest of the district in 2018.