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Let’s get the city moving

As we kick into election year, I’m optimistic.  Not just for my party’s prospects, but also for our country’s long-term prospects.  Sure, there are many causes for alarm out there:...

Nine years of progress on welfare being undone

After years of improvement under National, benefit numbers are now back to heights last seen during the Global Financial Crisis.

Goldsmith Update - Christmas Edition

Like most of you, I suspect, I’m worn out after a long year and looking forward to the summer break – the beach, time with the family and plenty of...

On wellbeing

At the start of the Christmas rush I joined a panel discussion at the University of Auckland on wellbeing, with a famous visiting economist, Richard Easterlin, and some politicians.

National to invest in quality education for our kids

Education is a great leveller in society. National wants every child to have the opportunity to succeed no matter who they are or where they have come from.

Finding the best way to help those in need

As we look forward to Christmas and summer holidays, most of us are conscious that as well as the fun, food and family time we can anticipate pressure on the...

Police Minister has let down New Zealanders

Now more than ever the government should be focused on ensuring there are enough police officers to stop criminals offending.  

Let’s celebrate our past and who we are

Over the past few weeks we have been thinking about our history.

New Zealanders held back by loopy regulations

New Zealanders are hardworking and innovative, and we know it is discouraging when red tape holds you back.

Time to invest in infrastructure

Out and about, one of the more frequent comments I hear is: ‘C’mon, money’s cheap.  We should be investing big time in infrastructure’.