New Zealand First MP
I can honestly say 2017 has been a very busy and at times very challenging year. The election saw the forming of our new government and the chance to show New Zealand how we can work together to bring about positive economic, social and environmental change.
Next year is going to be a very positive one, and a chance for this new government to show what it can do, despite the media knockers and nay-sayers saying otherwise.
Last week, sadly, I went to my five-year-old nephew's funeral who was due to start school. He succumbed to meningitis and was gone in a matter of hours. Losing someone so young and so loved makes you think how important
family and friends are.
We are all so busy and caught up in our lives that sometimes we do not stop to appreciate what is right in front of us. Staying positive and upbeat isn't always easy, but how we deal with bad situations and how we project that onto others is up to us.
This festive season I urge you to slow down, take some time out of your busy lives and enjoy your time with family and friends. Don't sweat the small stuff, concentrate on family and create some wonderful memories.
If you are in the area, you are welcome to pop into our office, which will be closed for the holidays from December 25 and will re-open again on January 15. The office hours are 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday. I would like to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year.