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Welcome to my latest Eye on Ilam. 
As local MP my focus is always on the Ilam electorate. When I vote in Parliament I do so knowing I represent the views of those who live in Ilam. When people move in to the electorate, or turn 18, I write to them and ask them for their views and their concerns. This is something I have done for nearly 20 years and I have had 1000’s of responses. These views and concerns, along with meeting constituents, give me a clear picture of Ilam’s residents and their expectations, frustrations and reservations.
My Ministerial portfolios have always required me to travel and this continues as Minister of Foreign Affairs. It is an honour to be able represent New Zealand in this way and I will work hard to promote New Zealand to ensure we remain a responsible global citizen.

Supporting the Crusaders

I have always enjoyed winter in Christchurch. Almost every Saturday I am on the side lines watching local rugby or hockey and I try to get to support the Crusaders when I can. Sport remains an important interest for me and my family.

Here is a photo of me supporting the Crusaders with colleagues Hon Amy Adams and Hon Nicky Wagner and Richie McCaw.







College House, University of Canterbury

I enjoyed speaking with Canterbury University students who reside in College House. The University is an important part of the local Ilam community. 


Car Parking at Holmwood Road/Rossall Street corner

Dealing with local issues is a major part of my role as MP. I met with local shop owners, local councillor Jamie Gough and David Cartwright from our Community Board about a Council proposal to reduce car parking at the Holmwood Road/Rossall Street corner. I’m delighted that the local Community Board listened to local residents and businesses and rejected this proposal.

Royal Honours

Congratulations to Ilam Electorate residents who were recipients of Royal Honours announced over Queen’s Birthday weekend:

Professor Hamid Ikram ONZM - services to cardiology and education;
Cran Bull MNZM - services to cricket;
Emeritus Professor John Hearnshaw MNZM - services to astronomy;
Peter Morrison MNZM - services to the hospitality industry;
Brian Palliser QSM - services to the community:
Peter Simmonds QSM - services to theatre.


I recently put a new survey up on my website. I’m very keen to hear your views so please click here to complete the survey.

Budget 2017 

Last month’s Budget focused on improving public services, investing in the infrastructure needed for a growing country, reducing debt, and sharing the benefits of growth through lifting family incomes.

A key element of our plan is to keep building a sustainable and growing economy, and Budget 2017 supports this with a $1 billion investment over the next four years.


I strongly encourage all New Zealanders heading overseas to register with SafeTravel. Launched in 2006 it is the official source of advice for New Zealanders living or travelling overseas.

It allows travellers to register their contact details and travel plans so we can reach out to them in case of an emergency or to provide them with updated advice.

You can register with SafeTravel here and for further information, view SafeTravel’s Facebook page.

In the 2016/2017 year, MFAT has worked on 2,178 consular cases, assisting 2,316 New Zealanders.

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Best Wishes, 




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