It is now a little over three weeks until the General Election on September 20. My diary is full of opportunities to get out and about in the electorate and meet constituents young and old. I’m really looking forward to talking about the issues that matter to New Zealanders, particularly those in Rangitata.
Two weeks ago the 50th New Zealand Parliament sat for the final time. It was an interesting and busy week of processing legislation, the adjournment debate and a number of valedictory speeches from MPs not standing in this year’s election.
Budget 2014 protecting the public health of New Zealand
Despite incredible economic challenges, National has continued to invest strongly in public health, more than ever before. We've invested an additional $3.34 billion of new operating and capital funding into health in the past five years and next year our public health services budget will reach a record $15.6 billion.
Anzac Day in Rangitata It was great to see so many constituents at the variety of ANZAC Day services that I attended. Many gathered in the dark of dawn in Ashburton and I also enjoyed chatting with people at breakfast back at the RSA.
Anzac Day is a time to reflect and pay tribute to our ANZAC veterans. It is a time to stand together and remember more than 2700 New Zealanders who lost their lives serving as part of the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) that landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
Over the last two weeks Parliament has been in recess and as is often the case it provided a great opportunity to catch up on a variety of events, functions and appointments in the diary. I thought you might be interested in reading an overview of what these events have been.
A Busy Diary February and March are traditionally very busy months in the Rangitata electorate and this year has been no different. Both Mayfield and Methven Agricultural and Pastoral (A&P) Shows saw wonderful crowds. In particular the 100th anniversary celebrations at Methven were a wonderful showcase of Methven’s primary industries and a proud heritage.
The beginning of the Parliamentary year can often be a little quieter than later on, so I have been able to usefully use the days visiting businesses, business and community leaders and Early Childhood Education centres.
2014 is now well underway and Parliament resumes again this week. I hope everyone has had the opportunity over the holiday period to catch up with friends and family and is feeling refreshed for the year ahead. I know for me it will be a busy and exciting year as I continue representing Rangitata, enjoy the challenges of my Ministerial roles and plan ahead for campaigning and contesting the General Election.
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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