Access to Palliative Care Bill
I have now put a member’s bill into the ballot to ensure New Zealanders are guaranteed better access to Palliative Care whenever they need it and where ever they live. I first saw the work hospice did when my father was dying, and have continued to support a world-class quality end of life care as a former Parton of both Mary Potter Hospice and Hospice NZ. My bill requires DHBs to prepare and publish an annual strategy for providing palliative care for their community and how these expectations will be met and provided by the DHB. The Minister of Health would be answerable to ensure a high standard is maintained throughout the country.
I spoke against the assisted suicide bill in the name of David Seymour at Devonport’s St Francis de Sales inaugural 'Courageous Conversation' on the euthanasia bill; You can find out more about my new member's bill, the Access to Palliative Care bill and Seymour's End of Life Choice bill www.maggiebarry.co.nz/euthanasia.
Walking the talk - don’t forget those who can’t remember
While raising funds is always welcome for causes like dementia, it’s equally important to raise awareness of this debilitating disease that affects so many New Zealand families. As Grant and I did the 5km walk organised by Dementia Auckland we had many honest conversations along the way about peoples experiences coping with the day to day realities of living with dementia. Adding to my role with Senior’s and Veterans, I’m now also Associate Health spokesperson with responsibilities for dementia, end of life care and women’s health and maternity services.
North Shore, Hibiscus and Warkworth/Welsford hospices have now joined forces and launched a lottery fundraiser which I’m happy to support. Contact one of the hospices or look at the website if you’d like to know more about the lottery to support our outstanding north shore hospices www.hospicenorthshore.org.nz/ways-to-help/lottery/.
PHAB is indeed fab in Takapuna
Volunteers from abroad came to PHAB in Takapuna to help them redecorate their building. World Ventures volunteers have the 'heart to serve'.
It’s all go at Bingo
Our local RSA had their AGM, and after the business, we took some time out for a bit of fun with Bingo. As Veterans’ spokesperson and former WW100 Lead Minister, I felt right at home at the RSA.
Friday Night Conviviality with Maggie and the North Shore Team
Party President Peter Goodfellow joined us for last months get together and to share his views on the new Dynamic Duo, Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett at the helm of the National Party. Our North Shore Executive host social events most months and our Chair David McKeown always welcomes new members joining us so if you'd like to know more please email Fay Freeman firstname.lastname@example.org.
Party President Peter Goodfellow, joined us at the AGM for a special farewell to Joan Finlayson and commend her for her many years of support to the North Shore National Party.
A slice of the wedding celebration
Grant and I had a wonderful time on our wedding day in December but we deliberately didn’t have a cake because we wanted to share that experience with some of our National Party friends. It was a good excuse to get frocked up again and enjoy a second bite of our wedding celebrations.