Blog | Stuart Nash

Guns, gangs stretch thin blue line

As the election looms, the Police Association warns politicians of rising gang power, and says the force must never be as stretched as it was in in 2016. In a report released yesterday, the association called on the future government to tackle the proliferation of illegal firearms, the increase in assaults on frontline officers, and [...]

Keeping it ’100% pure’

Keeping it ’100% pure’ Wairoa Star, Wairoa East Coast by STUART NASH 15 Jun 2017 Last time I travelled to Ngatapa, I took some photos of cows walking in a stream. Now that’s wrong. LAST Friday evening Labour’s Tukituki candidate, Anna Lorke, and I hosted our water spokesman David Parker at a public meeting in [...]

Burglary booming in Hastings

Hawke’s Bay Today, Hawke’s Bay 15 Jun 2017 The third in a series examining crime in our region and what measures are being taken to deal with it Hastings has more burglaries than Wellington, a city with more than twice the population. More than 4000 burglaries including breaking and entering incidents – were recorded in [...]

Labour’s water quality policy

Wairoa Star Column – June 2017 Last Friday evening Labour’s Tukituki candidate, Anna Lorke, and I hosted our Water spokesman David Parker at a public meeting in Havelock North to launch Labour’s water quality policy. David is possibly the smartest person in politics, and worked as a resource management lawyer before entering parliament in 2002. [...]

Counting Crime: Retail thefts increase in Hawke’s Bay

There were more than 4000 retail thefts in Napier and Hastings over the last three years. The number of thefts from shops rose steadily in that time, peaking in January 2017, according to police data. The latest monthly crime figures from April show retail theft was still far higher than in 2014. The data is [...]

Water situation not good enough – Labour

New Zealand needs to clean up its act in regards to water before it’s too late, Havelock North residents heard at a meeting last night. More than 150 people attended the “Protect Our Water” meeting which launched Labour’s fresh water quality policy at the Havelock North Function Centre. Attendees heard from Labour spokesman for water [...]

Thefts from cars big problem in Bay

The first in a series examining crime in our region and what measures are being taken to deal it. The number of thefts from cars in Napier has risen noticeably since 2014. There were approximately 1000 thefts reported from motor vehicles in the 21/2 years to December 2016, according to police data obtained by Hawke’s [...]

New CEO needs to restore faith in council

It was with a sense of optimism that I learned of James Palmer’s appointment to one of the most important roles in the region: that of chief executive of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. James comes with an extremely good reputation gained in both Wellington and during his brief time at the HBRC, and takes [...]

Glengarry and Dementia Ward

Wairoa Star, Wairoa East Coast by STUART NASH June 2017 Last week I presented a petition, on behalf of Wairoa residents, to Kevin Atkinson, the Chair of the Hawkes Bay District Health Board. The petition called on the DHB to work in partnership with the Wairoa community and Bupa to find a way to keep [...]