What a time to be a kiwi! Watching our Black Caps defy odds and make the final of the Cricket World Cup and our Silver Ferns turn around a 2018 to be forgotten and take World Cup Gold. Closer to home, the Health Select Committee continues its deliberations on my petition to Save the Lumsden Maternity Centre. I had also asked for an inquiry into the downgrade decision which the Government MPs voted against.
I hosted National Spokesperson for Agriculture Nathan Guy for three meetings on our Primary Sector Discussion Document. It was great to hear your thoughts on the document as we work to develop policy heading into 2020. If you were unable to attend but want to share your thoughts online here.
The new Kaitangata Community Centre was officially opened recently and is an asset to the town. This has been eight years in the making. The people have shown just what can be done when everyone comes together to support a cause. Well done to the people of Kaitangata.
It was fantastic to catch up with Jane Guy from Jigsaw Queenstown to talk about the work they are doing in the social services space in Queenstown. It is organisations like Jigsaw which provide such vital services in our communities.
My petition to Save the Lumsden Maternity Centre is on hold for another week as the Health Select Committee has not yet concluded its deliberations. It was disappointing my request for an inquiry was voted down by Government MP’s, including local List MPs Mark Patterson and Liz Craig. The fight continues.
It was a privilege to attend Blair Vining’s Final Farewell in Invercargill. National Spokesperson for Health Michael Woodhouse and I received his petition for better cancer care. This week I presented the petition with more than 140,000 signatures to Parliament. National also announced at our conference in Christchurch if elected next year we will introduce a National Cancer Agency and invest an extra $200 million over four years for PHARMAC to fund cancer drugs.
I was so proud of Clutha- Southland Youth MP Tristan Taquet who represented the electorate in Wellington recently at Youth Parliament. You would not meet a more down to earth young man.
Southland's Hump Ridge Track has been announced as New Zealand's next Great Walk. Congratulations to all those involved getting this across the line. The Great Walk status will benefit the local community and the generations to come. It’s a spectacular part of NZ that needs to be on your bucket list.
It was a pleasure to open the 46th Mixed Media Art Exhibition presented by Riversdale Arts last week. Congratulations must go to the organisers for another fabulous exhibition featuring some very talented artists.
Earlier this week I visited the Waikaia Museum which was officially opened earlier this year. What a testament to the community with a huge amount of time and effort going into establishing the town’s newest attraction.