Political Views

Viewpoint - Keep calm and stop the spread

We are going through a difficult and unprecedented time in New Zealand with the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. I know a lot of our people in Rodney are feeling overwhelmed and very unsure about what the ongoing impact the virus is going to have...... Read More

Council spending constrained by Covid-19

Not in our lifetimes has there been a challenge as significant as the one we face with Covid-19. Where it has taken hold overseas, it has spread rapidly in a matter of days. Auckland Council has cancelled major events and worked closely with health...... Read More

Tanks a lot

Tankwater households on the Hibiscus Coast deserve recognition and support. They highlight an important contribution to resilience, water conservation and civil defence in times of drought. Were it not for the Waikato pipeline top-up, Auckland’s...... Read More

Viewpoint - Community concerns

This being my initial column since the October 2019 Rodney Local Board elections, can I personally thank all those who supported myself, and the independents’ cause generally, to secure three of the four northern board seats. This is the start we...... Read More

Penlink assured under National

As most of you are aware, the 2020 General Election will take place on September 19 alongside the cannabis and end of life choice referendums. Until then, I will be busy holding the Government to account and advancing the issues important to my electorate....... Read More

Viewpoint - More mahi to do

I hope everyone’s year started well and you managed to get some time to relax over summer with family and friends. Our Labour team started back on January 22 when we had the first meetings of our Ministers, MPs and the Prime Minister, before the...... Read More

Connections growing

I hope everyone’s had the chance to have a good break over the summer. People lead increasingly hectic lives these days so time out is important for both physical and mental health. And this time of year, of course, is when the stunning beauty...... Read More

Viewpoint - Work still to be done

Well, it’s been just over three years since I last had an opportunity to write a column as a Local Board representative and I have to say it’s nice to be back. It was a privilege to have been on the very first Rodney Local Board and to have...... Read More

Housing a key issue

With the Christmas break behind us and that list of New Year’s resolutions posted to the fridge, it’s around this time that we start looking to the year ahead. Whenever I visit a work place, visit a local charity, or attend a function on...... Read More

Courage under fire

Like many of you, I’ve had the luxury of basking in the great Kiwi Summer these holidays. I have particularly enjoyed being home in Rodney, spending time with friends and whānau. Looking around our beautiful region, of course, did get me thinking...... Read More