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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....


Toilet desperately needed at Ben Lomond Saddle

The Department of Conservation needs to act and install a much-needed toilet at Ben Lomond Saddle, or the popular tourist destination’s impressive reputation will be flushed away, Clutha-Southland’s MP Hamish...


December Newsletter 2019

Happy holidays. With less than a week till Christmas, you have to wonder where the year has gone. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your...


Father drives 50km in frost at speed as no pain relief available at Lumsden

A father has driven 50km in freezing temperatures at speeds above the legal limit as no pain relief was available at the downgraded Lumsden Maternity Centre, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker...


November Newsletter 2019

November brought with it two damning reports released on the Lumsden Maternity Centre downgrade and the four emergency births. Although the Southern District Health Board made the terms of the...


Animal welfare at forefront of farmers minds

Today’s report released from the Winter Grazing Taskforce reiterates farmers are on the right track, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “The report makes several recommendations, including some which I know...


Third medical school will support Southland’s rural health needs

A third medical school focused on rural needs proposed by National will make a huge difference to struggling communities in the south, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “I have medical...