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Author archives: Cherry Taylor

Small business roadshow coming to a town near you

Small Business Minister Stuart Nash will next week launch the 2018 series of small business roadshows. The roadshows give business owners the opportunity to learn more about assistance available from the Government. Taking Care of Business is a series of 12 events across New Zealand between May and August. The roadshows bring together the private […]

Labour is rebuilding foundations of NZ’s core public services

Wairoa Star, Wairoa East Coast by STUART NASH 22 May 2018 THE government’s first Budget is a Budget for the regions. The Budget delivered last week will transform the economy and improve living standards, especially for those in provincial areas who have been neglected for too long. We can finance good economic policy and good […]

Low level offenders get chance to face up to peers rather than courts

Police now have the option to refer people who commit low-level offences to a panel of community members rather than to the courts, as the Nelson region joins a national initiative. Tasman Police District in partnership with Māori health services provider, Te Piki Oranga, on Wednesday launched an initiative whereby people who commit an offence […]

GST fairness for NZ retail

Wairoa Star, Wairoa East Coast by STUART NASH 10 May 2018 LAST week I announced we intend to follow through with our promise of equalising GST rates when shopping online. There has always been GST on low value imported goods, but it has been too expensive to collect, which has put our local “brick and […]

Minister urges Hawke’s Bay businesses to fight tourism funding cuts

With Hawke’s Bay possibly in a position to start taking in large jet-loads of visitors within two years, and tourism poised to pump a billion a year into the region within seven years, businesses have been urged to stand up against proposed funding cuts. Speaking at a Great Things Grow Here brand champions event at […]

Government’s new winter energy payment welcomed

With the onset of winter comes the added expense of higher power bills, putting the pinch on everyone’s budgets including the elderly. This year, however, the burden is set to be eased with the Government’s new winter energy payment to help people on a New Zealand superannuation or a veteran’s pension to heat their homes. […]

Decisions are about making a better world for today’s newborn

Wairoa Star, Wairoa East Coast by STUART NASH 26 Apr 2018 CLIMATE change is real in our region. Wairoa has not been spared from this damage and disruption. Summers are getting hotter and drier, winters are getting shorter, and storms are getting more destructive. Our economy and community has been affected by more severe droughts. […]

Poignant painting unveiled at Napier RSA marks 100th anniversary of WWI armistice

A poignant painting to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice has already garnered praise from many who have seen it. The piece of art, titled Not all wounds bleed was commissioned by the Napier Returned Services Association and unveiled last Friday – Poppy Day. Police Minister and Napier Labour MP Stuart […]

Stuart Nash: Tax re-vamp a Red Letter Day for businesses

A veteran political reporter in Wellington unkindly suggested to my parliamentary office this week that he would be pleased to see the doors of Inland Revenue permanently closed. He was joking of course, but he was referring to one of the most important government projects currently under way to help businesses, and ultimately the wider […]

Opportunity Knocks for Hawke’s Bay

BayBuzz, Hawke’s Bay by STUART NASH 01 Apr 2018 Politically, things have changed for the first time in nine years. This has led to a brief moment of uncertainty in a few areas of society. Often uncertainty and change are met with trepidation, but I don’t believe there is any reason to worry; in fact […]