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It’s Sunday evening, the office fan is going hundy to help the stifling heat of our office as I start our annual tradition of signing and sending over a 1000 Christmas cards. The Christmas card elfs have been and gone with clear instructions on what, who and how. This year Team IkaroaRāwhiti have introduced e-cards so if you don’t get one in the mail check your emails. Thanks team! ... See MoreSee Less

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Another busy week in Parliament. In addition to 4 regular Ministry briefings and the responsibilities that come with that I was pleased to host whanau from Heretaunga. I joined the Prime Minister at the Police & Custom Dogs graduation at the Royal Police College at Porirua then travelled to Rotorua as part of Labour’s Maori caucus and the PM’s engagement with various leaders in Waiariki. The day ended with the sod turning of the newest tourist facility in Rotorua - Waiariki Hot Springs and Spa by Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust. ... See MoreSee Less

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Joined with Rongowhakaata as Iwi in residence and host of the Iwi Chairs’ Forum at Te Papa Tongarewa this morning ... See MoreSee Less

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Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o nga taonga tuturu ki Tokomaru visited Parliament yesterday. So pleased I got to spend sometime with them explaining what a privilege it is to be their local MP and what my new Ministerial responsibilities are in the new Labour/NZ First/Green coalition Government. Some awesome patai were asked too. Ka mau te wehi. ... See MoreSee Less

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On Sunday we hosted Pihopa Don Tamihere for service at Kohupatiki marae. We are blessed to have such an eloquent, knowledgeable and passionate Bishop serving the Lord and our people. #hareruia ... See MoreSee Less

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