MLA Report 3rd December, 2012

It is hard to believe that we are already in December; like so many others I am wondering where the year went. With just 48 days in the Legislature this year, I’ve been able to spend a lot of time …

MLA Report, 23rd September, 2012

Imagine a stunningly beautiful place with abundant natural resources that are exported offshore at an unsustainable rate. Imagine a place where one out of every four children is not ready to enter school. Imagine a place where once kids do …

MLA Report 16th July, 2012

Summer is here at last and hopefully that’s good news for our busy tourism sector in the North Island. I know that the ridiculously high ferry fares have had an impact on some businesses. The season is short and there …

MLA Report 1st June, 2012

Once again the legislative session concluded with closure: another appalling mockery of the democratic process. Instead of allowing for reasoned debate, scrutiny and public input of bills, the government pushed through 17 pieces of legislation in just hours – from …

MLA Report 18th May, 2012

Sadly, once again the government has circumvented the democratic process in its effort to force through a significant amount of legislation with little scrutiny. We have four days remaining in this legislative session and still 20 bills to be analysed …

MLA Report 11th May, 2012

Once again we are heading towards the close of the Legislative session with the prospect of substantial amounts of legislation neither fully debated nor properly scrutinized. The very reason we have a Legislature with duly elected members is so that …

MLA Report 4th May, 2012

Much of the focus for the Official Opposition in the Legislature this week was trying to get the government to take a position on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. I, along with all my colleagues, signed a letter to the …