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Devonport Flagstaff Column - 11 August: Major education changes end the decile system

The Government’s just announced significant changes to education and is scrapping the old school decile system for a ‘Risk Index’ scheme, with schools funded to help students turn their dreams...


Devonport Flagstaff Column - 26 July: Back on the Beat

The spike in burglaries and break-ins from Hauraki down to Devonport is a concerning issue I’ve been discussing with constituents and police. I’ve now been assured that the North Shore...


Devonport Flagstaff Column - 14 July: Back Where it Belongs

It’s great to see the Auld Mug back down under and the weather couldn’t dampen the celebratory parades to welcome the team and the silverware home. It’s a wonderful achievement...


Channel Magazine July 2017: America’s Cup is once again New Zealand's Cup

Congratulations Emirates Team New Zealand on your relentless pursuit of the Auld Mug, and on your inclusion of our talented North Shore youth in your crew. Giving roles to new...


Devonport Flagstaff Column - 30 June: Elder Abuse Services Overhaul

Preventing elder abuse and providing swift, practical help for older New Zealanders who are abused or neglected is a very troubling issue which is why we are making changes to...


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Devonport Flagstaff Column - 2 June: Budget Developments

I’m proud to be part of a government that cares about families and is taking this country in the right direction including those of us fortunate enough to live in...


Channel Magazine June 2017: Budget Celebrations

A hallmark of our Government has been to think long-term and our top priority is to encourage a strong economy.  We achieved a $1.8 billion surplus last year which lets...


Devonport Flagstaff Column - 19 May: A Place to Call Home

The cost of housing has always been a lively topic of discussion, especially for first home buyers. The Government’s KiwiSaver HomeStart programme has given $55 million in grants to nearly...


Column: Channel Magazine May 2016

With the local government elections in October, we have an opportunity to elect a new Mayor with a fresh vision who will be an inspirational leader for the Council and...