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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...


Devonport Flagstaff Column - 4 May: Future Planning on the Shore

As the MP for North Shore and as the Minister for Seniors, I’m very supportive of having more aged care facilities so that the elderly can stay in the community...


Channel Magazine May 2017: Autumn Bounty

It’s been apparent for some time that aged care workers’ pay has been out of step with the great work they do, and that they deserved a better deal. The...


Devonport Flagstaff Column - 21 April: Anzac Day 2017

The Devonport RSA lists 160 local men who lost their lives in the First World War, leaving too many Devonport families without a husband, father, son, or friend. Through the...


Battle of Passchendaele Competition for Students

Minister David Bennett has announced the opening of a competition open to Year 13 students around New Zealand. The competition is multi-media, and asks students to express through thier choice of...


Channel Magazine April 2017: Athletes, Art and Anzac Day

The North Shore is honoured to host competitors in the World Masters Games, which is the world’s largest multi-sport event, held in Auckland at the end of the month. Dragon...


Devonport Flagstaff Column - 6 April: Happy Birthday DOC

Thirty years on and it’s great to see DOC is still going strong and giving us cause for celebration. The Department of Conservation had a well-attended birthday gathering on North...


Devonport Flagstaff Column - 24 March: Longer and Healthier Lives

It’s good to know that with an ageing population we will be leading longer and healthier lives which is why we are planning to adjust the long-term settings of NZ...