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Penk's Pen June 2022

June 30, 2022 Share

Labour’s total splurge for Budget 2022 has blown out to a new annual spending of $9.5 billion. The Reserve Bank has confirmed that government spending is very high and as a result, the Governor has been forced to increase the official cash rate (OCR). This also means the Government's $350 cost-of-living band-aid payment announced in Budget 2022 for those earning $70,000 or less has effectively been wiped out with the Reserve Bank's cash rate rise. So much for the cost-of-living relief package.

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Penk's Pen May 2022

May 31, 2022 Share

It’s probably not news to you that inflation has now hit6.9%. The government continues to blame overseas factors, such as the conflict in Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic, however this is only a small part of the equation. The reality is that a large portion of this inflation is attributed to Labour’s out of control spending on pet projects and mismanaging the economy at a time when we need to rein in spending.

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Penk's Pen January 2021

January 19, 2021 Share

Happy New Year!

I hope that all readers of Penk’s Pen have had a great start to the year. Fingers crossed at this early start that 2021 behaves itself much better than 2020 did! I appreciate you reading these updates of my work in the area and am always really pleased to have your feedback.

Out and About

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Penk's Pen December 2020

December 18, 2020 Share

2020 Hindsight

When the year has been sprinkled liberally with the words “unprecedented” and “trying times” -  not to mention constant reminders to “wash your hands” and “be kind”(!) – it’s easy to feel a little weary and wary come December.

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Penk's Pen November 2020

November 18, 2020 Share


This is my first edition of “Penk’s Pen” as the MP for Kaipara ki Mahurangi so welcome onboard to those receiving my e-newsletter for the first time!

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Penk's Pen June 2020

November 16, 2020 Share

What an excellent feeling to be back in the community after months in lockdown and now also without any social distancing rules, requirements and regulations.

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Penk's Pen April 2020

May 14, 2020 Share

I hope this latest edition of “Penk’s Pen” finds everyone well, although (like me) I’m sure wishing for an imminent end to the current constraints of life on lockdown.

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Penk's Pen March 2020

April 02, 2020 Share

It seems a long time since our edition just a month ago, given that so much has happened since that time.  The current situation is something that none of us will have experienced, of that I’m sure.

As always I’m here to help, so please contact my office with any concerns or questions whatsoever… whether those are health-related, jobs-related, otherwise connected with the slowing economy or any other nature.


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Penk's Pen February 2020

February 19, 2020 Share

Our local kids might be feeling like “the end of the golden weather” has arrived (as school returns!) but the current spate of dry weather is making life harder for many households, farms and organisations in the area.


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Penk's Pen January 2020

January 24, 2020 Share

I hope you and your family have had a safe and enjoyable summer and that 2020 has begun really well.  In this newsletter I’ll let you know a bit about my recent activity around the Helensville electorate, give you all the goss from Parliament(!) and highlight a couple of upcoming events that might interest you.  


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