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Wainuiomata Second Access Road Public Meeting

July 07, 2021 Share

On Thursday 1 July, I held a public meeting to discuss the future of a second access road in Wainuiomata. I want to thank everyone that attended.

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Speech to the 25th Anniversary of the Law School moving to Old Government Buildings

May 20, 2021 Share

Thank you very much for the invitation to speak briefly to you all today.

I’ve been thinking about Hon Kiritapu Allan a lot in the last couple of weeks, particularly today. Kiri and I were at law school together here. When she became a MP in 2017 I said hello to her at a function and she said oh yes Chris, I remember you, we were at law school together. She said “I was the rebel from the East Coast who sat down the back. You were the right-wing loud mouth who sat down the front.”

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Bishop Bulletin - 13 November 2020

November 13, 2020 Share

I hope this email finds you well as the week draws to a close - just a quick note from me to let you know about my new role in the new Parliament and what I've been up to over the past couple of weeks. The new Parliament hasn't even been sworn in yet but there's been plenty to do, particularly in the Hutt! See below for the latest on the Airport Flyer and community safety issues I've been working on recently. Parliament opens on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November but as you can tell from the news at the moment - everyone is back into it already!

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Bishop Bulletin - 23 October 2020

October 23, 2020 Share

In 2017 Hutt South elected a National MP for the first time ever and I’ve worked hard every day since then to live up to the faith shown in me. But it wasn't enough and on Saturday Hutt South returned to Labour with a massive swing. I worked as hard as I possibly could during the campaign to withstand it, but as they say, when the swing is on, it’s on. National polled just 22.8% of the party vote in the Hutt, with Labour polling 54.3% - nearly double the National vote.

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Bishop Bulletin - 15 October 2020

October 15, 2020 Share

The end of this strange, chaotic and elongated election campaign is drawing to a close! Have you voted yet? Please don't forget to get out and vote, either tomorrow, Friday or on Saturday itself. You can find polling places here.

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Bishop Bulletin - 9 October 2020

October 09, 2020 Share

Well, voting is now open and what seems like the longest election campaign of all time is coming to an end! Lots of people have voted already with advance vote numbers well up on the same period last year. Don't forget to vote! If you click here and punch in your address, it will bring up the nearest booth to you, both in the advance vote period and also on election day.

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Bishop Bulletin - 26 June 2020

June 26, 2020 Share

As I write this Parliament is sitting under what we call "urgency" to advance some legislation before the election. It's unusual to be here on a Friday (usually it's Tuesday to Thursday) but it's a sure sign that the election is not far away - 85 days! (although voting opens before then).

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Bishop Bulletin - 11 June 2020

June 11, 2020 Share

As Bill Lawry, the great Aussie cricket commentator used to say, "it's all happening!" A busy couple of weeks at Parliament and in the Hutt, and there's just 100 days to go until the election. Like everyone, I was delighted when we moved to "Level 1" of the COVID response on Monday, and there are now no active cases of COVID-19 left in New Zealand!

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Bishop Bulletin - 28 May 2020

May 28, 2020 Share

It's been an exciting few days in politics! On Friday the National Party caucus met and elected Todd Muller as Leader, and Nikki Kaye as Deputy Leader. Todd is a good friend of mine and I know he will do a fantastic job. His first speech has had brilliant feedback and you can read it here. By the way, the Bishmullet came off for the caucus meeting after eight days and $8400 raised (read more below).

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Speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce

February 11, 2020 Share

Introduction

Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today.

Transport is going to be one of the big issues of the election. What I intend to do today is three things. First, I want to look back over the last two and a bit years of chaotic mismanagement of the transport portfolio by Phil Twyford and Julie Anne Genter.

Second, I want to outline where National is going in transport, drawing on some of the ideas released in our discussion document late last year.

Third, I want to spend some time concentrating specifically on Wellington and the Hutt Valley. Let me tell you now that transport is going to be a major area of attack for the National team in Wellington.

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