It has been an exciting first few months as your new List MP Based in Wellington, and I have hit the ground running with dozens of local events in Wellington, doing my bit in the Northcote by-election, starting to work in the early childhood education space, as well as this new Government's first budget. There has been a lot to keep me busy!
This is my first fortnightly newsletter to keep you updated on what I am up to in the electorate, and around the country.
Wellington Cable Car Update
An issue I have been working hard on during the past few weeks has been the proposed fare increases on the Wellington Cable Car. The Cable Car is not part of the Regional Transport Network, meaning it does not have access to public transport subsidies from the Regional Council like buses and trains have.
I am talking to the relevant parties to see what we can do to ensure that the Wellington commuter gets the best deal possible.
Government's First Budget Let Down
I recently spoke in Parliament during the debate on the Government's first Budget. I highlighted the broken promises in the area of early childhood education, and how the Government's misplaced priorities will impact families. Here is an excerpt from my speech:
"The Government did manage to prioritise some things, to give them credit, but they didn't prioritise the right things, and that is what a Budget is all about. It is about meeting your commitments, the commitments that they made to the New Zealand public—that they went up and down the country promising they would deliver."
Zealandia and Predator Free NZ
I hosted National's Conservation Spokesperson Sarah Dowie in Wellington this week. I showed-off Zealandia, where takahē, kaka, and tieke all made appearances. We met with Predator Free Wellington, and went for a birdsong-filled walk with Kelvin Hastie, a local community champion for Predator Free New Zealand.
Love seeing the progress towards the predator-free vision!
Congratulations Sir Bill!
Congratulations Sir Bill English and all those celebrated for their service to New Zealand in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
My first job in politics was working for Bill English, then in his role as Opposition Spokesman for Education. I am so pleased to see him honoured in this way for his many years of service to New Zealand.
Well deserved Sir Bill!
Potluck with Politicians
This week Chris Bishop and I launched our Potluck with Politicians evenings. This is something a little different to ensure we as Members of Parliament hear opinions from a wide range of people. These evenings will involve Chris and I going to student flats once a month, having some food, and talking about the issues that matter to students. The response so far has been fantastic, so if you or someone you know is keen to get involved, let me know!
Chris and I even made it onto The Project last Wednesday night talking about this. You can check out the interview here.
I hope this newsletter has updated you on what I have been busying myself with over the last few months. I look forward to continuing to work hard for our community, and the wonderful people in it!
As always, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance.