After rising on September 6 for the 2020 election campaign, Parliament will resume next week, when all MPs will be sworn in to the 53rd Parliament.
The opening of Parliament is one of the few times when the Crown and the House of Representatives come together in this ceremonial display on November 25-26.
It is only after being sworn in by the Governor General, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, that new Members are allowed to address Parliament so it’s an important process in our country’s democracy. For me personally, participating in the opening of the 53rd Parliament is a proud reminder of how privileged I am to represent you, the Bay of Plenty electorate.
This will be my third term as MP for Bay of Plenty and my team and I will continue to be available in Papamoa at our office on Domain Road.
Constituents are welcome to drop by and ask for advice from my experienced and knowledgeable staff, or to book an appointment with me for a personal chat.
Already this term I have held my first constituent clinic in Te Puna, returned to my regular slot at Welcome Bay and visited local schools in Papamoa including the open day at the new Te Okuroa School. I also attended a ceremony at the Omanawa home of one of our WW1 soldiers’ grandsons, commemorating the Battle of Ayun Kara, in which New Zealand lost 40 soldiers in 2017. For me it highlighted the importance of remembering our history because, while few today may be aware of this battle, it holds special relevance in Israel today.