Weekend Sun column

Friday, April 15, 2016

Last Monday evening I hosted another successful “People’s Question Time” Q&A session at Tauranga Boy’s College. These events are an opportunity for you to come along and tell me your worries and concerns, what the Government is doing well, what we can do better, and discuss plans and priorities for our city.

These events are very important to me as your representative in Parliament. Whenever we have discussions in Caucus meetings or at the Cabinet table, I am considering the views and opinions of my constituents and how the decisions we make will affect you and your family.

I regularly meet with community organisations and local businesses, and hold regular Senior Morning Teas around Tauranga. Of course if you have any issues that you think I may be able to help you with, you can always contact my electorate office staff who can provide assistance or arrange a meeting at one of my constituent clinics.

As you will be aware, last week Social Development Minister Anne Tolley announced a complete overhaul of Child, Youth and Family following agreement by Cabinet. It is widely acknowledged that the current system is not working in the best interests of the children it is charged with caring for. I am proud to be part of a Government that is willing to admit this, make the changes necessary and provide the additional funding required to prevent harm and trauma and to give these young people the support they need and deserve.