Call me old-fashioned, but Christmas means family comes first.

Wairoa column – Stuart Nash

I don’t just mean the BBQs, bike rides, and backyard cricket I’m looking forward to with my own household.
Last week in Parliament I got to live and breathe the reason I got into politics – to make a difference. Our team steered through law changes that will put in place our Families Package.
The changes will lift 88,000 children out of poverty. They will make 385,000 families better off by an average of $75 a week. And it might be warm now, but come the colder months, we will be able to help a million Kiwis to pay their power bill.
Labour has a lot to do in the first 100 days. We are just over halfway through. I will keep working hard to make sure we deliver on our promises to Wairoa and to New Zealand.

I want to take this time to thank my supporters for electing both me and Labour. This year has been one of the most exciting and exhausting years of my life and I am looking forward to spending the break with my family.

Now for my public service announcement: as Police Minister, I want everyone to stay safe and be responsible over the holidays! On the roads, in the surf, in the mountains and at the festive parties, please look after yourself and others.

There is plenty to look forward to in the next year, but the upcoming weeks are there for a well-deserved break and quality family time. To reunite with extended family in good weather and good company. I plan to make the most of the break I have, and when the new year rolls around I’ll be back out there doing my best for Wairoa and for New Zealand.

Enjoy the break, and Merry Christmas.

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