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Bridges Brief - June 2021

June 18, 2021 Share

Out and About

It’s been a busy couple of months here in Tauranga, with plenty happening in the life of our city.

Alongside the fixtures of three constituent clinics each month, door knocking, fortnightly visits to businesses and community groups and bi-monthly ‘meet and greet’ events with tertiary students and young professionals, I’ve attended and spoken at a range of events.

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Bridges Brief - April 2021

April 07, 2021 Share

We were lucky to have glorious weather over our recent long weekend, and whether you stayed in Tauranga and experienced the incredible musicians show cased at the Tauranga Jazz Festival or you took the opportunity to travel, I hope you had a wonderful Easter.

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Bridges Brief - February 2021

February 11, 2021 Share

After a wonderful summer with family, politics is well and truly back. National started well as a team with a really good caucus retreat at the Basin Reserve in Wellington (after Covid-19 meant that we had to change our original plans of being up North). We had some great discussions about where we are at and what we need to do for New Zealanders over the next year. New Zealand needs a strong, competent opposition to sharpen and improve government decision making.

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Bridges Brief - December 2020

December 04, 2020 Share

Thank you

Firstly, I want to especially thank the people of Tauranga who voted for me in October’s general election. It is a privilege to be the MP for Tauranga for another term.

While I was obviously disappointed by the result more generally - especially for my colleagues across the country who lost their jobs - we have lots of work ahead of us in holding this large Government accountable. I am rearing to go.

Locally, my priorities have not changed. I will continue to advocate strongly for improvements in the areas of transport, housing, law and order and the CBD, which Tauranga needs now to keep up with its rapid growth. A particular focus will be ensuring the Government delivers on the Tauranga Northern Link, which was approved and funded when I was the Transport Minister in 2016, for which construction was set to begin in October 2018. Additionally, I anticipate helping thousands of constituents across a range of issues over the next three years.

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Bridges Brief - August 2020

August 14, 2020 Share

New cases of Covid-19

It was a shock to hear the return of a small number of Covid-19 cases in New Zealand.

While cases have only been identified in Auckland, Tokoroa and the Waikato, it is still of great concern to our community. I appreciate the uncertainty and stress this may cause businesses and families here in Tauranga.

If you have questions or concerns that I may be able to help with, please get in touch with my office, either by email [email protected] or call us on 577 0923.

I’ve also provided contact details below for the Covid-19 Healthline and Government agencies that may be able to assist you.  


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Bridges Brief - June 2020

June 10, 2020 Share

Like everyone says, a week and even a day can be a long time in politics. While I was disappointed to lose the Leadership of the National Party, there are many silver linings and the biggest is more time at home in Tauranga with Natalie, Emlyn, Harry and Jemima. I said to Natalie on the morning of the leadership contest that no matter what happened that day, it would be a win: if I win, I win, but if I lose, we win. And that has very much been our little family’s experience. I wish Todd Muller and Nikki Kaye the best in their new leadership roles in the lead up to election 2020.

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Bridges Brief - April 2020

April 24, 2020 Share

Epidemic Response Committee

The last Bridges’ Brief was the very beginning of New Zealand entering Alert Level 4, when we didn’t know how long we would be lockdown. Parents were looking at least a month of not only working at home, but also trying to teach their kids, and the number of cases of Covid-19 each day were still high.

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Bridges Brief - March 2020

March 26, 2020 Share


A lot has happened since the last Bridges Brief, it’s hard to believe how much things have changed over the past month.

By now you will be in lockdown. It’s really important that we all play our part. The message could be simpler. Stay home – save lives.

New Zealanders naturally have a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude to things. We can be a bit blasé.

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Bridges Brief - February 2020

February 28, 2020 Share

The year is already off to a busy start and I know 2020 is only going to get busier. The election date is set September 19th and I can’t wait to roll out National’s positive plans for New Zealand – bring it on!

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