Northland has been thrown under the bus – or the train in this case – thanks to the Labour-led Government. Despite every local Mayor strongly advocating for this road, Minister Phil Twyford and the Labour- NZ First Government have turned their backs on us.
I want to acknowledge the thousands of people who added their name to the petition supporting the extension of the Northern Motorway. Thank you for backing Northland. As your MP, I will continue to fight this issue in Wellington. They haven’t heard the last of it from me!
My goals in the health portfolio include developing the health workforce, ensuring the voice of the disabled community is heard at the decision-making table and ensuring the finances of the health system are sustainable and Northland receives its fair share. If you have ideas on how we can improve our systems, leave me a comment here.
Last year, the National Government announced our commitment to a rural school of medicine as an initiative to counter the shortage of rural GPs. Prior to it being announced, I had spoken with a group of Auckland University students on the importance of rural healthcare. With an aging GP population set to retire shortly and growing healthcare needs nationally, we need a solution to support industry growth and capability. More medical schools mean more doctors in our communities. Tell me your ideas on how we can show the Government that #ruralhealthmatters
What a way to take the game! Congratulations to the Vantage Black Sticks. You are doing us proud, as are all our athletes at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Bring on that gold medal contention Aussie! #earnthefern
Hold on to your wallets NZ! #WATCH and see how Labour are making us pay.
Rural health must be supported by the Labour-led Government. I recently heard the unsettling news that NZ's umbrella rural health organisation, Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ, may be forced to cease operations if the government does not provide core funding support. With rural healthcare already in a precarious state, loosing RHAANZ would be a tremendous loss. Help me let the Minister David Clark know that #ruralhealthmatters
Roading is the number one "game changer" according to the Tai Tokerau Economic Action Plan. Development of our roads is critical as it affects virtually every part of our economy. I'm calling on New Zealand First, Shane Jones and Winston Peters to back Northland by challenging any action by the Labour government to stop the four-lane highway.
People with certified medical disabilities such as Crohns disease should generally be able to use staff facilities in emergencies. Nicole Thornton (14) presented a petition to my select committee recently making this case. Other countries have some sensible exemptions but this seems like something we should do.
Tax payers fund company A for a failing $90M IT project. Health Minister David Clark then appoints company A to do an independent review of the project - really ! A clear conflict of interest. The Minister now needs to reassure the public by sending all reviews he has initiated to the Office of the Auditor General for conflict of interest scrutiny.
0700 Thick fog at Oakleigh road works this morning but traffic flowing fine. I'm letter box dropping in the fog at Ruakaka this morning and early morning chats with residents getting newspapers and coffee.
Road works at Oakleigh just south of Whangarei tonight are causing 2 hrs delays either side and as far south as the Brynderwyns ! The port has also had to reduce activities. I have spoken with the head of NZTA and he is immediately marshalling his team. Please travel safely and we will ask NZTA for a "Please Explain"
With the National Party reshuffle by our new leader, Simon Bridges, I picked up some additional responsibilities. Disability and Cybersecurity are the new areas I have been given alongside the Associate Health and Data spokesperson roles I held under Bill English. Good opportunities to represent our region and influence the health system especially.
I made this video to show off my own backyard of Whangarei . Ive been traveling all over the world and it really makes you appreciate how beautiful New Zealand ...is. I youtubed Whangarei at the start of summer and I was really unempressed. Nothing really captured how beautiful this place is so me and some friends this summer got to get had a some good times and made this video. Whangarei love it here enjoy!
Congratulations to all the recent graduates from NorthTec. I was thrilled to be at the ceremony on Friday where nearly 250 students received recognition for their efforts. It was exciting to see the new cohort of nurses cross over the stage. I had the opportunity to speak with Nick Chamberlain from the Northland DHB who told me they are looking to employ 100% of the graduating class - A win for Northland!