Wed 23 Nov 2016
| Columns

JUST after midnight on Monday, November 14, New Zealand was struck by another severe earthquake. Initially recorded as a 7.5, it turned out to be magnitude 7.8. At 16 kilometres deep and centred near Hanmer Springs, it was felt throughout much of the country, including here in Whanganui and the Rangitikei.

Thu 15 Dec 2016
| Columns

Our region is alive and well and heralding the arrival of the festive season with market days and Christmas parades.

Wed 21 Dec 2016
| Columns

NO TWO WEEKS are ever the same in politics, and the last couple of weeks have certainly proved the point.

Wed 1 Feb 2017
| Columns

I MUST say I have really enjoyed getting out and about in the Rangitikei and the greater Manawatu Whanganui region over the past month or so.

Wed 15 Feb 2017
| Columns

A COUPLE of weeks ago, in his first major announcement of this election year, Prime Minister Bill English unveiled a significant government investment in police and the wider justice sector.

Thu 29 Sep 2016
| Columns

In the Asia Pacific region, closer economic integration through trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will help bring us together. They will make our region and people better off by setting the conditions for more open and transparent trade.

Thu 8 Sep 2016
| Columns

Last week Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Minister of Conservation Nicky Wagner announced a new contract to support Enviroschools for the next six years.

Thu 22 Sep 2016
| Columns

I have been out and about in both the Rangitikei and further afield recently.

A couple of weeks ago I spent a day in Northland visiting local businesses including a very impressive Silver Fern Farms beef plant in Dargaville; and a small tourism business called Dargaville Rail Tours.

Wed 31 Aug 2016
| Columns

Ensuring New Zealanders can access better, sooner and more convenient healthcare remains the Government's No 1 funding priority.

The latest quarterly data shows that the Whanganui District Health Board is performing very well across a number of areas especially in regard to early cancer treatment, where we're ranked No 1 in New Zealand, and improved access to elective surgery, ranked No 5.

Thu 11 Aug 2016
| Columns

Youth Parliament is held in Wellington every three years.

My name is Ben Henderson and this year I was privileged to be a part of it as Ian McKelvie's representative and the Youth MP for Rangitikei.

Youth Parliament is an opportunity for young New Zealanders to learn first-hand about our democracy and to influence decision-making - it replicates the real Parliament as closely as possible.