It has been a busy couple of weeks since writing and sending my last newsletter. I have enjoyed getting around some great community events in the Rangitata electorate over the fortnight. These have included being part of the White Ribbon March in Ashburton which drew attention to, and called for an end to, violence against women. While a damp day spoiled it a little, there was a great turn-out of marchers and plenty of toots of support from passing traffic.
Kiwis better off in work under National Before National came to power, our welfare system simply expanded to meet demand, without investing in support to get people into work, or preventing long-term benefit dependency.
E aku rangatira, tena koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou.
Thank you Stuart for your warm greetings this evening. I am delighted to be here tonight to celebrate the launch of the Institute of Directors’ third Mentoring for Diversity programme.
I acknowledge Vice President Michael Stiassny, CEO William Whittaker, other members of your Council, and all the mentors and mentees here tonight who have been part of this programme since it was launched in 2011.
In the National-led Government, Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew is Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Senior Citizens, Minister of Women's Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister for Primary Industries.
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