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Southlander Blair Vining’s petition for better cancer care for all New Zealanders was presented to Parliament today, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says.

“Last month, I received the petition with more than 140,000 signatures alongside National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse at Blair’s final farewell in Invercargill,” Mr Walker says.

The petition requests a National Cancer Agency to address New Zealand’s cancer death rates and provide better cancer care for all New Zealanders.

“Blair is a young Southland father of two who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October last year. He made a bucket list of things he wanted to achieve before dying.

“He has only one item remaining on his bucket list, which calls on the Government to establish an independent national cancer agency that will saves lives across New Zealand if it is implemented.

“Blair has terminal cancer and while it is too late for him, his selfless act of achieving better cancer care for all New Zealanders will ensure his legacy lives on and prevent heartache for many other Kiwi families.

“I will endeavour to do all I can to make sure Blair gets his final wish and his petition changes cancer care in this country. He is an inspiration to all New Zealanders.”

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