Fighting for Free Speech
I am really worried
about Labour’s desire to centralise and control aspects of our
personal lives. It started with plans to abolish district health
boards and then it extended to what vehicles were legitimate. Now
they’re planning to regulate free speech.
Being able to voice
your opinion is basic to a democratic society. This doesn’t mean that
we agree with everything that is said, but it’s essential that we are
able to have free and frank discussions. We start to head down a
dangerous path when the state decides who can say what.
already illegal to incite violence, but Labour are proposing to lower
the threshold and increase penalties. Beyond impinging on people’s
freedoms, what’s really concerning is that the Prime Minister and the
Justice Minister lack any understanding of how these proposed laws
will work in the real world.
If these proposals are enacted we
face a future where Kiwis will be afraid to speak freely. This goes
against what New Zealand stands for and the next National government
will reverse any hate speech laws that will affect the freedom of
speech Kiwis currently enjoy.
Sea Change and the
The Government has finally announced its
response to the Sea Change report which was published back in 2017.
It’s a small step in the right direction, but most of what was
announced will still be years away from actually being
I had hoped the Government’s plan would have been
more ambitious, because the Hauraki Gulf has been declining by every
measure for years. Fish stocks are lower and water quality is worse.
We need to act with urgency to protect the Gulf.
of marine reserves is always contentious, but I’m a big supporter and
will do everything I can to see the proposals advanced as quickly as
Protections Needed for Pink
Unfortunately, the precarious state of the Hauraki
Gulf and the need to act quickly was highlighted by reports of pink
maomao being pillaged on the eastern coast of the Coromandel
Peninsula. Overfishing causes enormous harm and I’m pleased that Ngati
Hei have established a voluntary rahui. I support the move, but to
have real impact that process requires formalisation as
I’ve written to and met with Hon David Parker, the
Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, seeking his urgent intervention to
protect the pink maomao.
State Highway 2 Upgrades
For Western Bay residents, it’s outrageous
that the Labour Government has again cancelled the Tauranga to
Omokoroa Northern Link upgrade. This road is a major thoroughfare to
one of New Zealand’s fastest growing regions. The decision to cancel
these much needed improvements will affect all road users for years to
come. Adding insult to injury is Labour’s decision to spend nearly a
billion dollars on a cycle and walkway over the Auckland
I’ll continue to fight for improvements to State
Highway 2, but Labour has made no secret that they want Kiwis out of
their cars and onto bikes and public transport. They simply don’t
understand the transport needs of New Zealanders.
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