Dan’s the man

The Northcote by-election race is well under way, with our impressive new candidate Dan Bidois running for the seat. As a neighbouring electorate, we’ve been busy drumming up support to once again win Northcote for National on Saturday June 9th. This is an important by-election to win on many levels as it's an opportunity to send this government a message, so we'd really appreciate your active participation, door knocking, flyer delivery and general support for Dan. Please email to find out how you can help fight the good fight.

Simon draws the crowds at Takapuna markets

Our National Party Leader Simon Bridges was very well received at the Takapuna markets, taking time to stop and talk with the crowds. Local residents took the opportunity to share their views on issues ranging from the unpopular fuel tax to the upcoming budget, letting him know their unhappiness with this shambolic coalition government.

Join us for breakfast: Friday 25 May, 7:15 - 8:30am

I’m looking forward to hosting National’s Finance spokesperson for breakfast the week after the coalition government’s first budget. Amy Adams will skip the spin, analyse the government spend and explain how it will affect the way we do business here on the Shore. It will be a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. For more details and to book to join us for a cooked breakfast at the Takapuna Boating Club, please contact Fay Freeman on 021 276 4608.

Lest we forget

Grant and I paid our respects to the fallen soldiers at the Browns Bay ANZAC Day dawn service before joining the mid-morning parade and service in Devonport, followed by a well earned cuppa at our local RSA. Well known North Shore businessman and philanthropist Gary Monk ONZM and his granddaughter Ella laid a wreath on my behalf at the Takapuna service. During the ceremonies we remember all those who bravely fought overseas and I reflected on the courage of the relatives of mine who have served: my grandfather Edward who was among the thousands of brave soldiers who fought at Gallipoli, his oldest son David (my father) who flew with the RAF in World War Two, and Uncle Brian who served in the Navy. We will remember them.

Poppy of peace

I joined Louise and Bernard Kiely, whose grandfather was one of the brave Kiwi tunnellers in Arras, France, at the opening of ‘A Moving Tribute’ at Devonport’s Depot Artspace. The exhibition with Tony McNeight’s giant poppy was an interactive tribute to the thousands of New Zealand men and women who fought in WWI. The exhibition featured photographs of the journey of Helen Pollock’s poignant ‘Victory Medal’ sculpture as it toured France and Belgium and returned home to rest in Devonport.

Academic aptitude and attitude

It was all gowns and smiles as Massey students paraded through Takapuna to the Bruce Mason Centre where, over three days 1,200 Massey University students and their proud families celebrated their graduations.

Shore Junction for Shore youth

Shore Junction Youth Innovation Hub in Takapuna is an exciting project that is taking shape. Northcote candidate Dan Bidois joined me for an update with Director Melanie Barr and YES Disability Chair Gary Monk ONZM.

Saving our birds starts in our own backyards

The plans to rid North Head and ultimately Devonport of unwanted rats are progressing well thanks to help from people like Kat Lane, DOC’s Auckland Predator Free Ranger. I look forward to hearing more songbirds coming back to our peninsula thanks to the efforts of the community. For NZ to become predator-free by 2050 we need to keep the momentum going so we can achieve the goal of ridding NZ of rats, stoats and possums, and save our vulnerable native songbirds.

Celia Walker from Restoring Takarunga Hauraki has been working closely with the community and with DOC to recruit volunteers and if you'd like to help please email Celia at Head to or for other ways to get involved.

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