It's great to be back writing a bi-weekly column in the local Napier Courier. As your local MP I'm keen to keep you updated on events in the political world, and to outline my position on key issues.
As a starter I thought I'd write about my new role as a Minister. I have relished the opportunity to step up from the role of Senior Whip. The Whip sits at the heart of the caucus, responsible for discipline and pastoral care. It's a great way to learn the inner workings of Parliament and all about your team mates.
As a Minister now I have the opportunity to work in a number of portfolios. As Minister of Civil Defence I visited the Patea community last week following the weather bomb. As Minister of Consumer Affairs I am overseeing an update to consumer law and better protections from loan sharks.
My role in Tourism will take me to Tauranga and Rotorua this week on a range of visits, while my role as Associate Transport Minister will oversee changes to the give way rules at the end of this month. It's busy.
Back home I'm still your local MP and a Dad. Despite my new role I am still very much available to hear your issues and address your concerns. My family keeps me grounded so look out for me on the sports fields during the weekend. I could well be that loud parent on the other side of the paddock cheering for the opposition. Have a great week.