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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tauranga Chamber of Commerce
Waikato Chamber of Commerce
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.
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!
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
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. https://www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/…/council-continues-to-…