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.
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.
Health care discussions in Washington DC Last week I travelled to Washington DC and attended the Commonwealth Fund's 16th International Symposium on Health Care Policy. A major theme of the 2013 symposium was how different health systems are delivering high quality, integrated care for people with chronic conditions. Along with a number of other health ministers from Europe and North America, I participated in panels and policy roundtable events.
Ashburton A&P Show What spectacular weather we enjoyed for the Ashburton A&P show this year! The show, as always, was a great event, enjoyed by thousands and a good opportunity for me to get out and about and catch up with constituents. Thanks to all those who stopped by my tent for a chat.
Local Government Elections Since my last newsletter the local government elections have been decided and our district councils in both Timaru and Ashburton have some new councillors and some re-elected councillors. Timaru has a new Mayor, Damon Odey, and Ashburton Mayor Angus McKay has been re-elected for a second term.
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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