- Four dead, two injured in Waikato crash
- Serious crash closes Thames highway
- ATM masquerades as phone box
- Celebrating Hauraki-Coromandel business
- A $178M boost for tourism infrastructure
- Natzke ready to set Europe ablaze
- New structure proposed for IRD
- $60 million more for Pharmac
- Chiefs dominate in home game
- Duck season starts with a bang
- Barbara's hooked on Dr Hook
- Hammerhead shark found on Papamoa Beach
- Big tick for fisheries management
- Chloe conquers her mountain challenge
- Ruben the Road Safety Bear's new book
Putting your best foot forward
It’s really important that our children get the best start in life and that means ensuring they are able to go to the doctor any time of the day or night without parents worrying about the cost.
July 1saw the start of a new government-funded policy, making it possible for all children under 13 to have access to free doctor’s visits and prescriptions. As a parent myself, even though my own children are now well past the age of 13, I’m pleased this new initiative will provide further support for families.
Get the jab!
Another important health initiative for New Zealanders is to take up the chance to get vaccinated against flu. As we head into the depth of winter there is still time for people to get vaccinated before the worst of the flu season arrives. It takes up to two weeks to develop immunity, so it is best to be vaccinated before influenza spreads
Latest data shows there is some influenza activity, which is normal for this time of year, but this is expected to increase in the coming weeks. There are some very nasty flu strains around, so my advice is simple: get vaccinated.
Help is at hand
Here in the Western Bay, and throughout the Coromandel electorate, we are big on volunteering.
In fact, we are ranked number five for numbers of volunteers according to census figures. That equates to nearly 19% of the population aged 15 or over. We are also one of the most ‘mature’ electorates in New Zealand in terms of our age demographic.
One of the interesting facts to come out recently during National Volunteer Week is a report that notes the huge positive impact seniors have as volunteers.
By 2051, seniors will be contributing $35 billion in unpaid and voluntary work, up from around $8.5 billion in 2011.
Too often we hear our ageing population described as a burden. That attitude is objectionable and completely wrong.
Many of the volunteer organisations which help families and enrich our local community rely on senior’s dedication and commitment.
Nationally, New Zealanders are among the most generous in the world when it comes to volunteering and helping others.
Please never hesitate to make contact with me if I can be of assistance with any matter. For an appointment you can phone my electorate office on 07 549 4312 or email email@example.com