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MP describes candidacy nod as ‘serendipitous’

Women’s Suffrage Day at Parliament was a big one for National’s West Coast-Tasman List MP Maureen Pugh - ‘no sooner had I got back to my office at Parliament after...


Tai Poutini scooped up in polytech merger

Tai Poutini will merge with Northtec and Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) ahead of the Government’s amalgamation of 16 polytechnics into one, National List MP Maureen Pugh says....


Government trying to ban whitebaiting

The popular kiwi pastime of whitebaiting in the Buller, West Coast and Tasman is at risk of being banned if the Minister of Conservation gets her way, National’s List MP...


Rural workers turned into overstayers through immigration delays

The MP based in New Zealand’s longest geographical electorate has hit out at Immigration Department inefficiencies which are causing rural industries to lose good, stable and reliable workers. National List...


Early Morning Training Pays Off For MP

After months of rising early for netball training before Parliament whilst in Wellington, MP Maureen Pugh has been proud to be part of the Parly Ferns who have taken out...


Immigration Hurdles Hurting Local Businesses

“Delays by Immigration NZ in processing visas is taking its toll on local businesses,” says National List MP, Maureen Pugh. “My office is currently assisting several people with immigration issues...


MP faces another challenge

In their daily work, there are many things which challenge a Member of Parliament. National List MP based in West Coast-Tasman Maureen Pugh has just signed up to the 21-day...


Proper Facilities are the Only Long-Term Freedom Camping Solution

We may be entering the traditional low ‘winter’ tourist season, but freedom campers are still causing problems on the South Island’s West Coast. West Coast-Tasman National List MP Maureen Pugh...


Community Comment - Clash of Values will Affect us All

I often marvel at how the West Coast way of life is unduly affected by people who don’t actually live here. It is eighteen years since the Labour Government’s announcement...


Climate Change Opinion Piece

“Damien O’Connor could not be reached for comment”. I wasn’t surprised when those were some of the first words I read the day the Government’s Zero Carbon legislation was announced...