Political Views

Climate action with mussel

With the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, every action must be a meaningful climate action. In the Mahurangi Harbour, the mobilisation has already begun but with an action few...... Read More

You push, we pull

‘Challenging’ has to be a fine description of what it’s like to get things done and make a difference on Auckland Council. With size and scale has come complexity and conflict. For myself and fellow Councillor John Watson, standing...... Read More

Parliamentary duties

It’s been a year since Jacinda Ardern’s Government took office. How time flies! As MPs we’ve all been very busy this last year, and Rodney is fortunate to have four MPs based right here. Under the MMP system, there are two types of MPs,...... Read More

Keep informed

Daylight saving has started and we look forward to some bright sunny and warmer days. The new bus services for the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast have started. I look forward to comments from bus users to find out if it’s working as promised. That...... Read More

Seeking solutions

There’s a saying that politics is finding a room full of angry people and agreeing with them, and certainly some politicians make an art of it. The trouble with that as a long-term political strategy is there’s no incentive to find a solution. I...... Read More

Problems tackled

In April, I announced with Government an historic $28 billion-dollar investment in Auckland’s transport infrastructure to deliver transformative projects like light rail, major bus upgrades, new and improved roads like Penlink and Mill Rd, and...... Read More

Women of vision

I would like to acknowledge all the visionary women of the Rodney District who signed the suffrage petition, which led to women gaining the right to vote in 1893. New Zealand made history in a world first we can all be very proud of as we celebrate the...... Read More

CCOs out of control

In sport you occasionally hear of some poor coach whose job is under threat because he or she “…has lost control of the dressing room”. In my view Auckland Council has well and truly lost control of several of its ironically named...... Read More

Show us the money

In my 45 years of kicking around local government, I have never seen such high levels of community engagement in local affairs. Now, more than ever, local government is affecting the lives of middle New Zealand. Local government have their hands deep...... Read More

A fair go for children

Recently I attended the premier screening of “Celia”, about the life and work of Celia Lashlie, which was filmed in part during the last year of her life. Celia was one of those wonderfully passionate women who married and had kids young,...... Read More