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Lakes Weekly Bulletin Column - January 2020

Just like that it’s 2020 and a happy New Year to you all. As Christmas has been and gone and we all start to get back in to a routine...


Minister ignored own MP on Lumsden

The Health Minister ignored his own MPs warnings after the Lumsden Maternity Centre was downgraded and missing life-saving equipment, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. In emails released under the Official...


Water policies would mean 20% of Clutha in trees

Current proposed freshwater policies would require more than 20% of the Clutha catchment to be planted in to trees, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “A report prepared by Land Care...


Ensign Column - January 2020

Happy New Year. I hope you all managed some sort of time off over the Christmas and New Year period spent with family and friends. Last year was a big...


DHB more worried about comms plan than mothers

As the Minister washed his hands with Lumsden Maternity Centre, so did the Southern District Health Board denying requests for interviews with media and refusing to meet with those involved...


Mountain Scene Column - January 2020

Happy New Year. In what is one of the busiest times of the year for us here in Queenstown, it is great to see so many people enjoying our wonderful...


Only births were considered in downgrade decision

Birth data was the only information considered in the decision to downgrade the Lumsden Maternity Centre, despite the Service Coverage Schedule requirements, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “In the briefing...


DCC should have invested, not taken dividends

The Dunedin City Council should have reinvested its dividends from Aurora, not left power poles to rot and expect consumers to pick up the pieces, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says....


Holidays highlight need for roading investment

Busy police and even busier roads between Queenstown and Milford sound this holiday season have highlighted the need for safety improvements, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “Following the Government’s $1.4...


MP marks New Year with 30 reasons to thank a farmer

Today, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker starts his month-long campaign of 30 reasons to thank a farmer. “Last year was an incredibly tough one for our farming community,” Mr Walker says....