There's nothing like that first 4.30am alarm of the year to let you know that the official work year has begun again. Happy New Year!
This week we're back in parliament, which also marks the government's first 100 days in office. We've delivered what we said we would, with policies that bring post-schooleducation, home ownership and quality healthcare back into reach. Although it's probably the last thing on anyone's mind in this heat wave, I'm really proud that Labour has introduced the Winter Energy payment.
Too often in winter we hear stories about older Kiwis on a fixed income who simply did not heat their homes in winter because of a lack of money. So, from May to September this year, they will be entitled to a monthly payment to help stay warm this winter.
Over the holidays I spent a bit of time fishing around our beautiful beaches, and while talking to people out fishing, one topic which came up was the reduced number of crayfish seen around the coast.
This is in line with the Ministry of Primary Industry's findings, who recently launched public consultation on proposals to change the Total Allowable Catch for recreational, customary and commercial fishing of Bay of Plenty crayfish.
To have you say on this change, go to the MPI website at: https://goo.gl/42VMeA
The new Labour office will be open in Greerton soon, so be sure to drop in for a chat!