This is my first newsletter since the recent elections and I want to say a huge thank you. To the 21,000 people that voted for me - I appreciate you putting your faith in me again. To the hundreds of volunteers and supporters - I wouldn't be in this job without your unwavering support.
Parliament goes back
This week the 51st Parliament was opened with two important ceremonial occasions. Firstly the Commission Opening of Parliament where MPs were sworn in. Secondly with the State Opening of Parliament where His Excellency, the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae outlined the Government's agenda for the next three years. These ceremonies have been undertaken in New Zealand since Parliament first met in Auckland in 1854.