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Business as Usual for Electorate MPs

With less than a hundred days to the election, you’ll soon be hearing more from all parties on their various policies.

There will be Meet the Candidate events, debates, and a flurry of activity from political parties and candidates.

Tighter regulations for election advertising are in force (as of Friday June 19) and Parliament will dissolve in just a few weeks on August the 12th.

Amongst that, Electorate MPs like myself will still be working hard on behalf of our constituents.

I want to take this opportunity to remind you that you can come to me for representation, advocacy and assistance no matter what your political affiliation.  And with the way this year has gone, I feel it is important that you realise you can come to me as your Member of Parliament in complete confidence and know that my team and I will do our very best to help in whatever way we can.

Many of the issues we’ve been dealing with in recent weeks have been Covid-19 related, and I am still working on cases where people are stuck overseas and trying to return.

With the move to Level 1 restrictions last week, we’re starting to hear more from people needing advice and assistance with matters of health, housing and welfare.

People have also been in contact with me wanting to discuss and improve different laws and how they affect people. I am always happy to talk through the issues people are concerned about.

There is also important work going on in my two portfolio areas of Energy & Resources and Arts, Culture & Heritage which will continue over the coming weeks.

The creative sector is working hard to get back up and running as quickly as possible and the passion of contributors shows through when I meet with them in what is probably lockdown’s big legacy to the nation … Zoom meetings!

Energy and Resources continues to require vast amounts of reading and information gathering to keep on touch of developments in traditional, renewable and potential new sources of power and fuel.

I welcome your thoughts and input to my work in both these portfolios.

My main message this time is that as an Electorate MP, I represent all the people of New Plymouth electorate, regardless of political views or situation.  

If there is something you think I can help with, please get in touch with my office (06) 759 1363 or email newplymouthmp@parliament.govt.nz

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