Well folks what a year it’s been – Brexit, Trump, earthquakes including a massive local political earthquake with John Key’s sudden unexpected resignation after eight years as PM and 10 years as leader of the National Party. I’ve got to know John well over those years and have the highest respect for him. That’s not just because of his outstanding leadership and political skills, but also because of the glimpses I’ve seen behind the scenes over the years. He’s treated people exactly the same in private as he has in public, and that’s been the measure of an outstanding person.
Anyway, as you know I put my name forward for the leader’s job, and I believe that because of the contest we had, and the way that the team came through it together we are all the stronger for it. I’m now totally focused on supporting Bill English in making sure that we win in 2017.
I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made in health this year – securing the roll out of bowel screening, funding more medicines including Keytruda, making progress against our health targets, lifting the numbers of specialist appointments and elective surgeries, and releasing the NZ Health Strategy which sets the direction for the next 10 years. Of course we’ve also had great success in sport, with fantastic Olympic and Paralympic results and a continued drive to increase all Kiwis’ engagement in physical activity in order to get better health outcomes.
But locally, it’s been a busy year in and out of the Electorate Office. One of the biggest satisfactions I get out of my role as an MP is being part of the local community not only as your elected representative but also as a local enjoying everything that this fantastic area has to offer. I want to thank everyone that has helped and supported me throughout the year, and wish you all a happy and safe Christmas, a fantastic summer and here’s to 2017.
MP for Northcote