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New bill makes superannuation fairer for all

November 11, 2021 Share

On 10 November, the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income (Fair Residency) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament. Supported by Labour and ACT, the bill passed by 108 to 12 votes and is the second of my members' bills to be passed, which is a rarity for an MP in opposition.

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Will shovels in the ground lead to the road to recovery?

October 18, 2021 Share

It’s now been 18 months since the Infrastructure Reference Group was established to identify a list of shovel-ready projects for the Government – those that would be ready to start as soon as the construction industry could get back to normal after the Covid-19 pandemic.

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How slow can you go?

October 05, 2021 Share

Further reductions to the speed limits on rural roads around Franklin will only serve to frustrate the vast majority of road users. But will Auckland Transport listen?

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Why the Three Waters Reforms must be ditched

October 01, 2021 Share

Communities and councils around the country are starting to make their voices heard around the effects the Government’s proposed Three Waters Reforms will have, with several mayors calling for the programme to be ‘paused’ on the grounds that there has been insufficient public consultation.

As published in the October edition of E Local

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Time to address our infrastructure deficit

September 24, 2021 Share

Proper and sustained investment into good infrastructure is one of the few direct drivers of economic growth that any government can undertake.

As published in Local Government NZ magazine, September 2021

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The six issues facing contractors right now

August 31, 2021 Share

New Zealand has an infrastructure deficit of up to $75 billion, with thousands of projects – including facilities and three waters networks, roads, tunnels, and public buildings – requiring replacement or an upgrade. With so much work in the pipeline, contractors must be rubbing their hands in glee, right?

As published in Contractor magazine, August 2021

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Resource management reforms – lost in translation already?

August 16, 2021 Share

The proposed changes to our resource management systems are too complex, are going to take far too long to enact to free up land, and won’t make any meaningful change to our complex planning rules.

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Why productivity matters

July 23, 2021 Share

Small to medium-sized businesses make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s economy, but many face the challenge of how to achieve greater productivity.

As published in E Local magazine, July 2021

 

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National’s capital markets agenda

May 31, 2021 Share

The capital markets play an incredibly important role in allowing businesses to expand and grow.

As published in the NZ Herald, Business section, Friday 28 May 2021

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What I would do if I was finance minister

May 19, 2021 Share

With vaccination programmes underway and many countries now opening their borders, the time has come for a reset so that we can better position our economy for growth. We need to spend where there is need and save where there is waste.

As published in the NZ Herald, 17 May 2021

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