AIMES awards: Acknowledging achievement
Our highlight event of the year, the always inspirational and humbling AIMES awards. Here with Grant, North Harbour Club Trustee Ngaio Merrick and Joe Bergin. The awards have provided over $2 million in the last decade to young people aged 10-25 who are achieving great things in the AIMES areas of Arts, Innovation, Music, Education, Sport and Service to the community.
In an eventful and turbulent week, I'm happy to report I survived my 'Yes Minister' grilling. There was a full house at the Bruce Mason Centre to welcome NZ's longest running TV comedy "7Days" to the North Shore for their 300th show.
The fight for life-extending drugs
Alongside my Parliamentary colleagues, we accepted a 'Metavivors' petition to change PHARMAC to allow more funding for life-extending drugs for women living with terminal breast cancer.
Celebrating 15 years of YES
YES Disability actively supports people with disabilities and their families. Great to catch up with YES ambassadors Cam Calkoen, Chair Gary Monk and CEO Sonya Thursby and my favourite try-athlete Jaden 'the legend' Movold who is a YES ambassador alongside all his other achievements.
Eyes on the prize
Attending college prizegivings is my annual reminder of the high standards and excellence of our North Shore students. Warm congratulations to the top performing gentlemen, the talented staff and Board of Trustees of Westlake Boys' which is consistently placed in NZ's top four colleges.
Lions loose on the Shore
Opening and welcoming the delegates to the Lions Club 202k Convention with District Governor Wendy Miller. Lions is the largest service organisation in the world and has recently celebrated 100 years.
Commemorating the end of the Great War
It was an honour to officially open NZ's Nga Tapuwae Memorials 'In the footsteps of the ANZACs' on the Western Front battle sites. They tell the stories of our brave soldiers roles in Passchendaele, Le Quesnoy, Messines and Arras and commissioning the plinths was part of my role as the minister responsible for our WW100 commemorations.
100 years ago at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the war to end all wars came to an end. World War 1 claimed the lives of millions including over 18,000 New Zealanders. We will remember them.
Bringing Parliament to the people
With Anne Tolley MP enjoying a virtual tour of Parliament via 3D goggles. Schools won't need to travel far to visit the House of Representatives. Please contact my office if you would like me to reveal more about the virtual tour and give away the free googles.
Passing the baton
Along with my fellow judges, Businessman Gary Monk, my 2014 Youth MP Dani Clements-Levi and retired Principal Fay Mason, we were impressed with the high calibre contenders for the role of 2019 North Shore Youth MP. The overall winner was Tayla Woolley, a Year 12 student at Westlake Girls'.
Raeanne and Audrey from Westlake Girls' High School interviewed me as part of their study on Women's Suffrage. Questions were posed about what inspired me to become an MP and any advice I would give to young girls around the country.